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Museo Zoologico La Specola

Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
+39 055 275 5100
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Well worth a visit.

At only six euros entry, this museum is a bargain. It's a bit quaint, some of the exhibits are... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2017
Derbyshire, England, UK
Historical Anatomy Figures! Not for the Faint of Heart!

If you have more time in Florence than most and want to see something historical but unexpected... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2017
Los Angeles, California
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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: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
+39 055 275 5100
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Reviewed 4 May 2017

At only six euros entry, this museum is a bargain. It's a bit quaint, some of the exhibits are hilarious, but the wax body parts section is compulsive viewing. Well worth a visit and best of all not too crowded!

1  Thank shobby133
Reviewed 3 May 2017

If you have more time in Florence than most and want to see something historical but unexpected, this is your place. Admire the old taxidermy on the animals as you climb your way to the anatomical wax figures. And buy the postcards!

Thank Kulia
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We were tired of sacred art after 4 weeks in Italy. This is one of the most intriguing and interesting natural history exhibits I have every seen. Amazing taxidermy of large and small animals, wax models of human anatomy and just a bunch of stuff,...More

1  Thank vancouvergirl
Reviewed 23 April 2017 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...More

Thank SteveBiker19
Reviewed 7 April 2017 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
Reviewed 4 April 2017

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
Reviewed 28 March 2017 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...More

Thank CornwallReviewer
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...More

Thank doclewis
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
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
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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