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Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Trieste

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Address: Via Dei Tominz 4, 34139, Trieste, Italy
Phone Number: +39 040 675 4603
10:00 - 16:30
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:30

The oldest and most important Science Museum in the area, with over 2...

The oldest and most important Science Museum in the area, with over 2 million specimens, mostly from the Adriatic and the Karst. The museum is especially famous for owning and displaying some great finds and specimens.The dinosaur Antonio, known to science as Tethyshadros insularis, is the largest and most complete Italian dinosaur, but also one of the most important paleontological discoveries in Europe. The only one of its genus of all the known dinosaurs in the world and the only complete specimen ever found of this species, it is an original and indigenous fossil, found in the coastal cliffs of the Villaggio del Pescatore (20 km NW of Trieste).From prehistory and from this area (in this case, from Slovenian Istria ) comes yet another exhibit that is unique in human history… Lonche (or Loka) Man, the oldest example of the use of beekeeping for dental care. It is a human jawbone from more than 6,400 years ago, which has a dental filling medicated with beeswax.Finally, from the North Adriatic, we have Carlotta, an imposing female Great White Shark, 5.4 m (almost 18  ft) long. Caught by an adventurous captain in 1906, it is the largest and most spectacular shark carnivore in Europe and the second largest in the world, among those that are fully preserved.At the Museum you can also admire: the Wunderkammer (or Room of Wonders) with original exhibits from every continent, reconstructing the Wunderkammer from the dawn of science museums. Then there is the faithful rearrangement (always with original and period furnishings ) of the Zoological Cabinet that two centuries ago gave rise to this very Museum of Trieste. In the dinosaur halls we can find not only Antonio, but also the Acynodon adriaticus, an extraordinary fossil crocodile and oyster-eater and the ancient Marchesetti’s Carsosaurus (a mysterious primitive marine reptile). On the upper floor there are also the rooms on the Evolution of Man (with all the major stages of the development of our species), the rooms displaying the Giants of the Earth and Sea (elephants, Monk Seals, whales and the mythical Narwhal the unicorn of the sea), the Theatre of Skeletons and the room displaying the Cycle of Life. At the end you'll find yourself immersed in the sea, amidst sharks, corals, giant crabs and the Coelacanth, an ancestral fish from the abyss and a true living fossil.

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A very good museum on natural history

The Museum of Natural History in Trieste is a very curated museum dealing with all kinds of exhibits. Some of the main attractions include Antonio (the largest fossil located in... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Museum of Natural History in Trieste is a very curated museum dealing with all kinds of exhibits. Some of the main attractions include Antonio (the largest fossil located in the region), Carlotta (one of the largest sharks captured), and the Lonche Man (a fossil found about 100 years ago, recently found to be the first example of human teeth... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

Hello, I'll start by saying that the address on TripAdvisor is wrong, the museum was located there in the past, but now it was moved to a new location approx 4km away. Parking space no problem. Ticket very cheap (14 euro for 4 adults and 1 kid) Staff friendly and English / German speaking. Tickets must be bought from another... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

If you really want to go here, make sure you've got a grip on the opening times - they're very erratic! Antonio the local dinosaur is OK, as is the Cabinet of Curiosities, but not a great museum

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015 via mobile

Per chi ha bambini che frequentano scuole nei dintorni merita una visita domenicale o anche un giorno dopo scuola. We went for a children's workshop which was great and were impressed by the museum. It looks like it was recently refurbished and is now quite well organized visually. The exhibits are almost all in English as well as Italian.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

on arrival to the museum .we were told we couldn't buy the tickets here. in italian we were told to go across to the other museum to buy the tickets??? on finally getting into the museum it is actually very small and a has a feeling of being neglected. There were a few nice points. but sadly overall not a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

If you are not from here, be sure to understand exactly how to reach the place. When going by bus, take number 18. Adults pay 3 €, kids under six are for free. The staff is helpfull and kind, especially when with kids. They dispense explanations once in a while and give free worksheets to bring home. The stars of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2015

This was one of our favorite attractions while in Trieste. We chose a HOT day, hoping that the museum had air conditioning. IT DOES!!! We drove in our car... and I couldn't find ANY info on parking before going, but there's PLENTY. You can park on the street for free. You buy the museum tickets in the neighboring museum, the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2015 via mobile

We brought my 5yr old son to see this museum after watching "Night at the Museum". As we walked we had staff members following us in every room. Literally behind our shoulder. We weren't able to enjoy it at our own pace. Due to that I personally do NOT recommend this place.

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Cara Denise, la ringrazio per la segnalazione. Ci fa piacere che abbia trovato pienamente soddisfacenti i contenuti del Museo. Per... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2014

We were pleasantly surprised with this museum. Well lit very good displays, especially focused on natural hisory of the area. Starts with prehisortic treasures, and includes flora and fauna of the area. Some of the info is in English which helped us a great deal. Entrance fee was included in our 72 hour city tourist pass we had purchased at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013 via mobile

We came with 2 kids age 7 and 4, and with low expectations. We were very pleasantly surprised with a personal guide for the children and a great interactive display on the topic of what different animals eat. The guide also led a creative activity of fossil making, the products of which each child can take home. It was wonderful!

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