Keep walking past the Pitti Palace and about 200 years down the road on your left you will find an unimposing entrance that barely advertises itself. The museum is upstairs and you might be forgiven for thinking you are going into a private residence. It opens a little later than some of the other museums and is closed on Mondays - suggest check opening times on the day. The first exhibit you see is the Crystal and Mineral display which is like no other geological museum I have ever seen. One man's collection form mines around the world there are some of the largest ever crystals, all set with light to show off their features. Well labelled in a manner than enables you to guess what it might be then look up the number along the coded label which runs horizontally at eye level. If i had only seen this display I would have been happy. But continue up to the next level (lift not working when we visited and lots of stairs) and you are treated to a taxidermy exhibit of amazing skill. If you just see one animal I would recommend the Hippo - and try to work out why it looks odd before you read the board! Up again and you are in the amazing display of human anatomy - as a medic this captivated me and I could have spend days here. They are models, not dissections or plastinations, but they are so brilliantly accurate and pretty - yes, well, maybe only a medic would say anatomy is pretty! What made it even better was that there were so few people at this museum and it felt like we had the place to ourselves.
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