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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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What a place!

This museum is one of the best I have ever been too. It starts with a collection of preserved animals, insects, fish and reptiles to name but a few. After this there is the wax... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is one of the best I have ever been too. It starts with a collection of preserved animals, insects, fish and reptiles to name but a few. After this there is the wax section. This is spectacular and must have taken years to create. On show is the full anatomical working of both the male & female. It's... More 

Thank SteveBiker19
Chatou, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From animals and bugs and fish and birds to the coolest wax anatomical figures (last room is pregnant and babies but easy to skip with our youngest). Really cool and nice diversion beyond the Pitti Palace.

Thank kdriver1
Davenport, Florida
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a cool museum. It gives you a glimpse into the sciences of the past. The taxidermy was amazing and the anatomical wax figures were mind blowing.

Thank CoryandLauraJurica
Cornwall uk
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As we like the odd museum we loved this one. If you like stuffed animals-some badly stuffed years ago - and you also want to see a wax work human body dissected divided and bits of wax body realistically displayed from the 18th century, then this is the museum for you.

Thank CornwallReviewer
Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2017

A fascinating historical collection of 'stuffed' animals from around the world and a most amazing collection of wax models of human anatomy. The Galileo Tribune is a beautiful presentation, with the added bonus that admission here gives you a discounted entrance fee to the Museo Galileo.

Thank doclewis
Manama, Bahrain
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14 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

I don't regret vising it but i don't recommenced it, there are lots of other beautiful places in Italy that worth seeing. it is good for school students.

Thank Zahraa A
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4 reviews
Reviewed 8 March 2017

An old style museum with his own character! You can see an incredible number of embalmed animals and reproduction of body parts made by wax. Extremely interesting, you can spend hours in this museum without getting bored.

Thank Elisa N
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125 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

This is a quirky museum. Lots of displays of every kind of species stuffed in cabinets which is fascinating despite the sadness of this having happened! Also a large collection of wax anatomical models showing every part of the human body in all its detail. The latter is very graphic and again fascinating but some may find it a bit... More 

Thank Ruth O
Lancashire, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This has got to be the best museum I have ever been to. It was a little amazing, off the beaten path. This really shouldn't be missed by anyone. Yes, there is a bit of a niche there but it is so well done and so jaw dropping that everyone should go. I'd be surprised with Dr. von Hagens didn't... More 

Thank Ingvar I
London, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

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.

Thank Jay S

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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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