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Museo di Storia Naturale - Antropologia e Etnologia
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Worth a stop if you love traditional museums and anthropology

Let me start by saying..I love traditional, victorian style museums...from the vast catalog of the... read more

Reviewed April 13, 2019
Kent, Ohio
Interesting collection

We found lots of interesting objects to see in the collection. The history of mask making in... read more

Reviewed August 9, 2017
Watford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 29, 2016

This museum is definitely worth while visiting as it has quite a few interesting pieces on exhibit. The good thing is also that it isn't crowded. The display's bring you back in time and allow a tour around the world. There is no A/C so it might get hot inside.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

I was delighted to find such a wide range of artefacts from around the world, especially New Zealand - a very healthy collection of Maori taonga. We stayed for about 90 minutes in order to really take everything in. The staff were friendly and informative.
Sadly, only a handful of people were there at the time - midday on a Monday. I strongly recommend that you make this a part of your stay in Florence.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed December 10, 2014

There is so much to see in Florence that I can understand why most people do not visit this museum, yet for people who are interested in artifacts from other cultures this museum really is worth a visit.
There are pieces from different Italian collections dating back to the beginning of XX century and they range from all continents. Many really are art pieces even though they belong to different cultural contexts were they may have had a practical or cerimonial use.
There is not much to read, there are not many explanations, but there is really a lot to see, including anoraks made of whale skins, great statues and very unconventional masks.
It is very quiet and central.

Date of experience: December 2014
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Reviewed November 17, 2014

This Museum is part of the Science Museums of the University of Florence, which are divided into different and far apart branches, and together constitute one of the most important complexes of its kind in Europe (but less impressive than others, precisely because they are spatially dispersed).
Within this complex, the appeal of Museum of Anthropology is characterized by two features.
The first is the wealth and importance of the collections. There isn't an endless number of items for each cultural area, but the items themselves are very varied and valuable; they reflect the primacy of Florence (and in particular of its "Istituto di Studi superiori" which was in fact the ancestor of the University itself, founded only in 1923) as the foyer of ethnographic studies in Italy. In particular, it was essential the role of Paolo Mantegazza, a physician and beginner of anthropological studies in Italy: in 1869 he founded the Museum.
Among the collections, those of the peoples of Oceania, of the Andean and Amazonian America, of the Arctic world and those of former Italian colonies in Africa are leading. But almost all the major cultural areas of the world are well represented.
The second valuable feature is that the Museum has preserved the characteristics of museum exhibitions of nineteenth and early twentieth century, and so it is also a kind of "Museum of museology".
This feature, however, is reversed in a defect when (as often happens) it preserves - as typical of the museums of nineteenth century - the shortage of captions, which prevents a full enjoyment of the amazing exhibits. And when it sacrifices (except in some rooms) the needs of those no speaking Italian.
It basically this flaw which prevents me to give the Museum the highest score, that from all other points of view it fully deserves.

Date of experience: November 2014
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

This museum displays a small, but interesting range of ethnographic items from around the world, mostly from earlier native cultures, which have either disappeared or "modernised". It is worth spending a few Euros to see it, if you are interested in ethnographic art and world culture.

Date of experience: June 2014
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