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“A museum out of the last century, fascinating” 5 of 5 stars
Review of University of Florence Natural History Museum

University of Florence Natural History Museum
Via Giorgio La Pira, 4, 50121 Florence, Italy
+39 055 2346760
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Ranked #76 of 213 Attractions in Florence
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The Museum of Natural History, University of Florence, was founded in 1775 by Grand Duke Peter Leopold, although the Botanical Garden dates back to 1545. With its 8 million specimens, it is the most important naturalistic museum in Italy and one of the greatest in the world.
Hamilton Parish, Bermuda
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“A museum out of the last century, fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

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.

Visited September 2014
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Paris, France
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“Interesting Museum and Botanical Garden”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Amazing collections of Minerals of different sizes and colors, the mamooth skeleton, plant & animal pre-historic fossils plus the Florence Botanical garden (orto botanico) which established in 1545. Recommended!

Visited October 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Miss it”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

The mueseums are spread around the city..not really worth the time.go eat something instead..if you dont speak italian it can be uninteresting as not everything is described in another language

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Crystal exhibition - do not miss!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

We were walking past this museum (you could easily miss it) when some Italian ladies recommended the Giazotto Crystal exhibition to us. Being a bit of a nerd for things like that, we took their advice, and we were not disappointed! Entry to the exhibit was very cheap, less than 5E each, and the collection was incredible! We walked into the first room and there were hundreds of crystals, we thought that was it - then through a curtain there were so many more! Makes a nice change from the art exhibits in Florence. Do not miss!

Visited May 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“AMAZING! Not for everyone.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

You may not like stuffed animals. Don't go. Or dissected human bodies, flayed open to see all the parts. Don't go. But what an amazing collection. I finally saw my first duck-billed platypus. And a Galapagos penguin. And, oh, the things I learned about the human body.

Visited January 2012
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