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“Some Old, Some New.”

Museo di Storia Naturale
Ranked #38 of 655 things to do in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Housed in the Fontego dei Turchi Palace at the Grand Canal, the museum is an institution that coordinates and conducts scientific research in the territory, ensuring the maintenance and increase of scientific collections, organizing educational activities and services to the citizens. The new, evocative and engaging layout has a modern and original museological facility.
Arlington, Virginia
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Some Old, Some New.”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

The dinosaurs and evolution areas are new. Other areas are old. Still very interesting. Included in Venice Museum Pass.

Visited March 2013
Thank Frank T
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Monroe, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great distraction for the Kids!”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

Good distraction for children tired of being dragged through venice. My daughter is a Dino freak, so this was a wonderful break from the endless walking. They have a wonderful collection of animals, Dino skeletons, and botanical exhibits. We ended up going late one day (around 4:00) during the week and had the run of the museum. My daughter loved the giant Sarcosuchus (crocodile like Dinosaur) that's head was as tall as my 8 year old. It made for a wonderful end of day adventure.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Anna L
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“A hidden gem, great for kids, but a bit disorganized”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

This is one of the municipal museums you can visit with the Venice Museumpass. there is a huge collection of well prepared and mounted material, but whilst some exhibits have been recently updated (e.g. whales, different styles of locomotion), with proper explanations and even some descriptions in English as well as Italian, a huge amount of material is crammed into glass cases without adequate or often any description. Things are diplayed alongside each other that don't belong. Perhaps in due course reorganization and re-presentation will prograssively be carried out, but even in the meantime there are lots of fascinating collections to look at.
A lot of recent effort has gone into displaying fossils, in a 'walk through time' accompanied by a background of ethereal music. However, in trying to give a modernistic style of display many specimens are inadequately lit, and an opportunity to display material in an evolutionary context has been missed. There are odd juxtapositions - an Eocene bat skeleton next to a mastodon's tooth!
Shortcomings notwithstanding, the museum is definitely well worth a visit. Kids will love it!

Visited March 2013
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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“Nice change from the other museums”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

This is worth visiting if you are in Venice for more than two or three days - not a necessary visit, but a nice change from all the art museums and palaces. Its only 8 Euros entrance for an adult.
There is an excellent display of fossils and preserved animals, and some interactive exhibits.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Woble
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

An excellent few hours spent here with our 5 year old who was really enthraled ( so were we actually). Ferry ride on line 1 and an easy, scenic (and signposted) walk got us there in no time. The area has an excellent cake shop too! Well worth the visit.

Visited February 2013
Thank Nicola E
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