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Museo Zoologico La Specola

Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
+39 055 275 5100
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The most memorable museum

We sought this ought & we are so glad that we did! First, it was empty when all other attractions... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
western US
Interesting and unique

If you’re looking for something off the beaten tourist path in Florence - this is it. It is an old... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“human anatomy” (16 reviews)
“stuffed animals” (18 reviews)
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Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
+39 055 275 5100
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We sought this ought & we are so glad that we did! First, it was empty when all other attractions were jam packed, so they cool, quiet space was well received. Second, the museum has spectacular wax replicas of the entire human anatomy from the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re looking for something off the beaten tourist path in Florence - this is it. It is an old school museum of stuffed animal specimens from the early 20th century or earlier. Make sure to Time your visit so that you can catch the...More

Thank ImusUbique
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

We visited the Specola after stumbling into the sister museum of natural history, geology and anthropology yesterday. The TripAdvisor page for that museum contained many reviews for this building causing us a little confusion! Finally setting foot here we were pleased with the wide variety...More

Thank justliketetris
Reviewed 22 November 2017

The highlight of this museum is the wax sculpture collection. The sculptures are so detailed and interesting. Definitely worth price and time. I would visit again if I lived in Florence!

Thank Yvonne B
Reviewed 19 November 2017

I really like the old-style science museums with the stuffed penquins and marine worms in bottles as they are more real feeling than the new style of interactive video panels. This one has the added attraction of wax anatomy models made in the renaissance. The...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Absolutely wonderful collection of all kind of species, from invertebrates to vertebrates and topping all to-the-size human anatomical wax models. Those models are very well preserved and well detailed. Though due to heat the section was closed off, we could only saw from the door....More

Thank a_speck_in_time
Reviewed 2 October 2017

My husband wanted to visit this museum, especially the wax models, after seeing it on TV. It's a short walk from the Ponte Vecchio. We wasn't aware that you had to booked a guided tour to visit the wax models but luckily we managed to...More

Thank producelady45
Reviewed 30 September 2017

The wax models are the main draw for this museum and other than a few joint reproductions in a corridor the gallery is currently closed "for renovation" ut you won't be told this either at the entrance ads or when you buy a ticket so...More

Thank Martin H
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Hidden away about a 10 minute walk from Ponte Vecchio, the museum is situated within a lovely building and is an incredibly weird place to visit. It's worth nothing that that wax body models are only available on a separate tour at set times throughout...More

Thank WillMarks
Reviewed 27 August 2017

I found out about this museum by looking at 'alternative' things to do in Florence. I was intrigued, and it was pretty much what I expected! There is some fascinating taxidermy of a multitude of different animals. If it was being done today I'd disapprove,...More

Thank alia_kel_aderon
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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