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Museo Zoologico La Specola

Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
+39 055 275 5100
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Cool Cool Cool - especially with older kids and teens!

You know all those shows traveling around with waxed corpses? (ie Bodyworlds and The Body... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2015
Something a bit different

We really enjoyed this museum which we stumbled across on a walk past the Pitti Palace. A wide... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2015
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 16:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
+39 055 275 5100
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Reviewed 8 April 2015

You know all those shows traveling around with waxed corpses? (ie Bodyworlds and The Body Exhibition etc?) - Old News. Florence was doing this in the 18th century. La Specola is a natural history museum, and showcases the wonder of science - as was practiced...More

Thank ladykiri
Reviewed 27 March 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed this museum which we stumbled across on a walk past the Pitti Palace. A wide range of animals have been collected - from all sorts of insects to birds to deep sea fish to lions and tigers. And once you're through the...More

Thank Foodbaby47
Reviewed 14 March 2015

I found this museum to be very interesting. I especially liked their collection of insects and the wax collection that shows the anatomy of the human body. What was even more special about the wax displays was that most of them were made during the...More

1  Thank Maria T
Reviewed 21 February 2015

If you have children who are becoming somewhat jaded by the all the art,then this is a fantastic museum to bring them to. It is a fascinating mixture of stuffed and mounted animals and gory wax works showing the inner workings of the human body....More

Thank Babyalmie
Reviewed 13 January 2015

This was by far my favourite activity in Florence. I googled "florence off the beaten track" and it came up with "La Specola". This natural history museum has some really weird specimens, dating back hundreds of years, it has a great bird and sea collection....More

Thank Luci90Br
Reviewed 10 December 2014

Never have seen some of these animals, I think they might be extinct. Some of the specimen we very, very old. Clever arrangement in simian room. Old and new world exhibit. Number of birds, quality of specimens and scope of avian collection was at time...More

Thank tiredandtravelled
Reviewed 20 November 2014

There is so much to see in ths place it's unbelievable. Really disturbing at some points. Dinosaur bones, the skeletons of whales and so many other animals, jars upon jars of weird and really horrible things and creatures that date back to the 16th Century,...More

1  Thank Alwaysinlove84
Reviewed 14 September 2014

It was almost a relief to visit a museum in Florence with no religious paintings, as beautiful as they are it's easy to get an overload. I'm still not sure wether I enjoyed it or not, it's definitely wacky. Think Victorian gentleman's collection, stuffed animals...More

1  Thank gill k
Reviewed 12 August 2014

So lucky to wander in here... This museum was both my dad's and my 15 year old brother's favorite museum in Italy. An awesome collection of oddities- from room after room of hundreds of leering stuffed animals (I hate stuff like that usually but its...More

4  Thank Ariana L
Reviewed 26 July 2014

We were there to see the wax anatomical exhibits and so were disappointed to arrive at the end of the museum to discover 2 of the rooms were closed for renovation. They could tell you this when you buy the tickets. Very little information is...More

1  Thank KangaOnTour
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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