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Museo Zoologico La Specola

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Address: Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
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+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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Oddly interesting

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 September 2016
Oxford, United Kingdom
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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 2 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

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

10 euros per adult for admission fee, no facility to pay by card, this allowed you to see bugs and butterfly exhibits and museum entry. Taxidermy on many animals was awful, so much so it was hard to make out what some animals were supposed to be. Very little description on the exhibits and even less was in English. The... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon this place and being a science teacher couldn't resist going in! The collection was great, a huge array of taxidermy animals, insects, fish, birds, nematodes, Annelids and so on. They also had a huge collection of waxwork on human anatomy- ever so interesting if you like that sort of thing, which I do. Literally every single part... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Really interesting if you are curious how the inside of your body looks. Wax models of numerous body parts and intestine, created nearly 300 (!) years ago.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Away from crowds - amazing collection of 18th Century wax anatomical models and huge collection of taxidermy (almost every animal you think of). Fascinating for people who are interested in natural history and anatomy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

This is small museum in Florence which is never to busy and therefore great activity for a rainy day and a great place to sketch some drawings and excellent point of inspiration for artists. The collection of bodies made out of wax are just amazing, from muscles to nerves, you name it, the detail of these sculptures completed at the... More 

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Ekero, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

As a biologist I enjoyed the many species on display. The museum is a bit out the way so it was quiet. However, the taxidermy display areas have no air conditioning and it was stifling after a bit as today is v hot and humid (35 deg C or so). Fortunately the wax anatomy rooms are air conditioned. Also note... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

You've walked through all the gardens, you are tired, hot, and hungry, when you happen to see a giant tree just before the Costume Museum at the Pitti Palace. You notice a tiny sign about a zoological museum and figure, why not? You are one of the lucky ones, I assure you. I have been in natural history museums in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

For 6Eu the last few rooms alone are worth it. Initially very similar to the Rothschild collection at Tring's Natural History Museum but with some unusual twists - the Save the Rhino theme, human parasites and (our reason for visiting) the anatomical models. I won't spoil it for those who go on to visit, and you really should visit -... More 

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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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