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Museo Zoologico La Specola

Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
+39 055 275 5100
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Nice old-fashioned museum with Renaissance wax models of anatomy

I really like the old-style science museums with the stuffed penquins and marine worms in bottles... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2017
John B
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Nashua, New Hampshire
Excellent collection of anatomical wax models

Absolutely wonderful collection of all kind of species, from invertebrates to vertebrates and... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2017
a_speck_in_time
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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.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

This place is a must with kids who are bored of churches and art. My kids are 8 (boy) and 11 (girl) and they loved it. Fsm8ly ticket at €13 was a bargain too. Very quiet place no queues. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 22 June 2017

This museum is full of creepy crawlies, stuffed animals, and amazing wax models of the human body dating back to the 18th century. I found it interesting and a welcome break from all of the religious art. I highly recommend it for families and kids.

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Reviewed 5 June 2017

Forget 90% of this museum, it is a rather ordinary and tired exhibition of stuffed animals. However, the large exhibition of human anatomical models made out of wax is fantastic. The detail and workmanship is stunning. If you wish to know how the human body...More

1  Thank nge8
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Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Hundreds of beautifully made wax anatomic models from the 18thC. Hard to believe they are manmade, all the nerves and vessels are perfect. Some models are quite gruesome. The other part of the museum has taxidermied specimens of pretty much every animal on the planet....More

1  Thank David R
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