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Museo di Storia Naturale - La Specola

Via Romana 17, 50125, Florence, Italy
+39 055 275 6444
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TOP CHOICE FOR A RAINY DAY - OR ANY TIME

The question is what can't you see here? The collections date back to the 1700's and there are... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
MeandHeTravel
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New York City, New York
The children loved it

I would highly recommend this museum for adults interested in science and history. But it’s also a... read more

Reviewed April 24, 2018
Jane S
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Adelaide, Australia
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This fascinating natural history collection can be traced back to the Medici family. Full of taxidermied animals of all types, skeletons and wax anatomical models, it is a must for the curious, as well as science and history lovers.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“human anatomy” (16 reviews)
“stuffed animals” (19 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Via Romana 17, 50125, Florence, Italy
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+39 055 275 6444
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The question is what can't you see here? The collections date back to the 1700's and there are butterflies, insects, extraordinarily lifelike mammals, birds, sea creatures, coral, amazing mineral section. It is not vast per se, but very entertaining and absorbing. We are not fans...More

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Reviewed April 24, 2018 via mobile

I would highly recommend this museum for adults interested in science and history. But it’s also a great place to bring children - for younger children the animals are interesting and older children the way the animals are classified teaches them about zoology. The age...More

Thank Jane S
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Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

The museum contains the largest collection of anatomical wax models, presenting in great detail the systems composing the human body. This part of the collection can only be visited by guided tour (lasting around 1h with a few tours available throughout the day). This is...More

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Reviewed April 10, 2018 via mobile

We didnt get in to see the anatomy section of the museum. But the zoological section was fantastic. Some of the best taxidermy I've ever seen.

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Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

When we visited La Specola museum yesterday we had a tour round the extraordinary Anatomy section. This was set up in the 17th century and is basically a guide for Doctors and Scientists of the time of the internal workings of the human body. All...More

1  Thank Terry C
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Reviewed February 9, 2018

Don't forgive that Florence was the cradle od scientific method too: Galileo was Florentine, even he was born in Pisa, and here he lived his latest, terrible years, up to the Arcetri hill. Florentine too was Evangelista Torricelli, and here was born the Accademia del...More

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Reviewed January 24, 2018

Amazing place full of attractive thing. I enjoyed the wax anatomical collection to max. Can't believe till now those those highly detailed speceiments was created in 18 century. Chapeau for Italian people to keep those things till now and show them to us.

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Reviewed January 4, 2018

We sought this ought & we are so glad that we did! First, it was empty when all other attractions were jam packed, so they cool, quiet space was well received. Second, the museum has spectacular wax replicas of the entire human anatomy from the...More

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Reviewed January 1, 2018 via mobile

If you’re looking for something off the beaten tourist path in Florence - this is it. It is an old school museum of stuffed animal specimens from the early 20th century or earlier. Make sure to Time your visit so that you can catch the...More

1  Thank ImusUbique
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Reviewed November 22, 2017 via mobile

We visited the Specola after stumbling into the sister museum of natural history, geology and anthropology yesterday. The TripAdvisor page for that museum contained many reviews for this building causing us a little confusion! Finally setting foot here we were pleased with the wide variety...More

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