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Museo Zoologico La Specola

Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
+39 055 275 5100
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Fantastic old-school natural history museum

This place was so cool. Packed exhibits of stuffed animals, not at all like it's done today... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2015
Mary R
San Jose, California
Change from usual museum

I have been to Florence several times before, but this was the first time I had visited the museo... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2015
Lindy B
Panama City, Florida
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“human anatomy” (15 reviews)
“stuffed animals” (18 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 16:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
+39 055 275 5100
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Reviewed 11 June 2015

This place was so cool. Packed exhibits of stuffed animals, not at all like it's done today. There are thousands of species here, room upon room of birds, flora, mammals. When I was there, there was an astonishing exhibit of gems--a dimly lit room with...More

1  Thank Mary R
Reviewed 27 May 2015

I have been to Florence several times before, but this was the first time I had visited the museo zoologico la specola. Located just down the road from the pitti palace, well worth visiting. I would think it would be a excellent place to take...More

1  Thank Lindy B
Reviewed 23 May 2015 via mobile

My three year old loved this place, it's Hughes and full of stuffed animals. It was a welcome break from art galleries and churches. My only gripes was no toilet on same floor so it's a long trek if you need a loo break also...More

1  Thank Alan K
Reviewed 23 May 2015 via mobile

Luckily for us our son loves animals so this was a very welcome treat for him in the city. Only downside is that they do not accept cards and there is a big section on the human body a quite graphic and freaky for young...More

Thank Knowleskay
Reviewed 16 April 2015

my 7 year old loved the wide range of animal exhibits here. This is a great afternoon away from the hustle and bustle. The anatomical models were a little graphic for his liking and a quick look in these rooms were enough for him. These...More

Thank WMW10
Reviewed 9 April 2015

We LOVED this museum! Over 30 rooms of taxidermed animals and anatomical models that were super interesting and wonderful to see if you have interest in those things. It was cool to see the variety and quantity of the taxidermy in this less-visited museum.

Thank Gretchen M
Reviewed 8 April 2015

You know all those shows traveling around with waxed corpses? (ie Bodyworlds and The Body Exhibition etc?) - Old News. Florence was doing this in the 18th century. La Specola is a natural history museum, and showcases the wonder of science - as was practiced...More

Thank ladykiri
Reviewed 27 March 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed this museum which we stumbled across on a walk past the Pitti Palace. A wide range of animals have been collected - from all sorts of insects to birds to deep sea fish to lions and tigers. And once you're through the...More

Thank Foodbaby47
Reviewed 14 March 2015

I found this museum to be very interesting. I especially liked their collection of insects and the wax collection that shows the anatomy of the human body. What was even more special about the wax displays was that most of them were made during the...More

1  Thank Maria T
Reviewed 21 February 2015

If you have children who are becoming somewhat jaded by the all the art,then this is a fantastic museum to bring them to. It is a fascinating mixture of stuffed and mounted animals and gory wax works showing the inner workings of the human body....More

Thank Babyalmie
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
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