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Museo di Storia Naturale - La Specola

Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Extraordinary museum about nature...

The Natural History Museum of Florence is one of the most fascinating places I've ever seen! Its... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rome, Italy
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Really very interesting.

We just happened upon this museum and decided to take a look. It is all about paleontology... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Washington, DC
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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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Via Romana 17, 50125, Florence, Italy
Santo Spirito
+39 055 275 6444
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Natural History Museum of Florence is one of the most fascinating places I've ever seen! Its collection includes a splendid series of anatomical wax models produced by the Florentine wax-making workshop, the oldest in the world, and an amazing collection of animals, insects, minerals,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Marziomartel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We just happened upon this museum and decided to take a look. It is all about paleontology, primarily specimens found in Italy, and nicely curated. Not all the exhibits have English translations but the major ones do which was helpful to us. We didn’t think...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Nana_JP
Reviewed January 30, 2019 via mobile

I came here myself on a rainy day in Florence. Their collection is amazing! I had so much fun wandering through the various sections and checking out the different animals. The mineral section was surprisingly fascinating as well! A great value overall.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank anthonypod
Reviewed November 19, 2018

I read about the anatomical waxworks before I arrived in Florence and had to come to see them. The museum was a bit difficult to find but find it I did! I had to wait for the tour to see the waxworks. As I waited...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lcb5310
Reviewed November 16, 2018

This was on my bucket list while in Florence and it was described as a "fusty museum" in my guidebook. It is so much more than that. True, it does not have a polished or refined look to it, but so worthwhile to visit. An...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

This museum is hidden on the south side of the river and up a set of stairs, but is worth the detour to see it if you are already planning to see nearby sites like the Pritti Palace or Bobali Gardens. The museum is well...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Michael P
Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

Definitely not one of the main attractions people visit Florence for. If you’re into doing things off the beaten path and coming back with a great story to share with friends, include La Specola in your trip itinerary. There will be those who go because...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

We visited La Specola specifically to view the wax Anatomical Models One should check opening times for this museum, as not open all day. Cost for entry was 9 Euro each and this also included the tour to see the wax models. To fill time...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank buob2016
Reviewed August 25, 2018

Very cool place. Lots of preserved specimens. They have some very interesting history as well. A little confusing to find the museum once you get to the building ( go up the stairs!). 100% worth it.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Tasha S
Reviewed August 22, 2018

My partner and I were eager to visit this museum after seeing the wax exhibition advertised, on arrival we learnt that you need to book for this in advance so we weren't so lucky. We still got entrance for the rest of the exhibits and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Caitlin W
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