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Museo Zoologico La Specola

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Address: Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 055 275 5100
09:30 - 16:30
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

This fascinating natural history collection can be traced back to the...

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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Visit for the wax models

Amazing selection of anatomical wax models which are worth the entrance alone. Unfortunately to reach these you must traverse through room after room of depressing taxidermied... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Jay S
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing selection of anatomical wax models which are worth the entrance alone. Unfortunately to reach these you must traverse through room after room of depressing taxidermied animals. A great place to spend an hour.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This museum was amazing!!! My husband and i really enjoyed strolling around every rooms. I found Tasmanian devil here!!

Thank mayjaka
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

There are no bags allowed inside the museum. We travel with daytime rucksacks and usually we put our bags in lockers or leave them in the cloakroom. But the lockers of this museum were to small for our bags. As there was no cloakroom we asked the lady at the counter if it was possible to put our bags behind... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

This is a great museum with fascinating exhibits on the human body and the animal kingdom. The animal kingdom exhibits largely consisted of taxidermy arranged by species. The human body exhibits are really detailed and include skeleton, muscle, circulatory system and close ups and cross sections of particular bodily systems and organs- not for the faint-hearted!

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Enford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

The biggest animal specimen collection of any Natural History museum I've been to. Yes some of the animals don't look quite right, but then they were done hundreds of years ago and not everyone knew what it was meant to look like. The wax anatomical models are fascinating - how much work went into them is amazing. However they can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

An incredible collection of work, especially of the Was models of human anatomy. Totally absorbing and well worth the time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

The most amazing collections of Animalia I have ever seen. Their extreme age adds a whole new level of fascination. And the wax anatomical models... WOW! Simply the best collection I've ever seen. HIGHLY recommended!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

The museum has all of the stuffed fish, fowl and animals you would wish. Many of them over 200 years old and some very obviously showing their age. The you go into the display of the human body - a great place for fns of veins, muscles, arteries, nerves, organs, etc. Created for teaching purposes, these wax displays have held... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

The wax anatomical models are fantastic and genuine works of art. The stuffed animals less so but each room surprises you more and more.

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Florence, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

This is a very particular attraction. The ambition was to have specimens of all animals from everywhere. Taxidermy is not my favorite thing in the world but there is a certain fascination here. Kids' reaction seems to be very unpredictable and some of the human presentations are fairly graphic. Not far from the Pitti and inexpensive

Thank Tom B

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Pitti is a neighborhood characterized by art and history. Renaissance architecture such as Pitti Palace, which houses five museums alone, introduces visitors to the green lungs of spectacular Boboli Gardens. Any visitor can wander through statues, fountains, and panoramic viewpoints. Around the garden, treasures like the Museum of Natural History of the Specola and Villa Bardini guide guests through Florence as the cradle of the Renaissance. End the day with an aperitif in Piazza della Passera or the more romantic Forte di Belvedere, which offers an amazing panoramic view of the entire city.
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