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Museo di Storia Naturale - La Specola

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Total hidden gem

Definitely not one of the main attractions people visit Florence for. If you’re into doing things... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Shai G
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New York City, New York
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100% you should visit if you like animals

Very cool place. Lots of preserved specimens. They have some very interesting history as well. A... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tasha S
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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

Thank Shai G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank buob2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Tasha S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Caitlin W
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

You need to book in advance for a very limited-place tour, and it’s worth every bit of the hassle. One of the best things we’ve done in Florence. Stunning, stunning models and great history. The geology bit was good as well, and I loved the...More

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Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

It’s a creepy, bizarre, musty old museum But it’s really interesting! Like a really old version of the “bodies” exhibit.

Thank ml_lazarus
Reviewed 16 July 2018

Old-ish museum with tons of animals and minerals on display. Price is fair to what they have to offer, though there isn't much information about animals outside of their names so you'll mostly just be looking at them. Taxidermy is mostly questionable at best with...More

Thank RangeR
Reviewed 2 July 2018

We spent a half day at the Museo di Storia Naturale and had a tour of La Specola. It was a fascinating experience...really interesting. To see how these wax creations (that were really an artform in and of themselves) were made and how they have...More

Thank Josie O
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

It’s dated and gallery after gallery of stuffed animals and birds is the kind of presentation most museums have moved away from. But you came for the wax models right? Since 2017 you must reserve a tour to see them and tours are limited to...More

Thank szallyann
Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

The zoology displays are great fun in vintage style but the star is the wax creations used for medical training. Total wow, get there early to book limited spaces. Fascinating.

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