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Museo Zoologico La Specola

Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
+39 055 275 5100
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Amazing human anatomical models in wax

Forget 90% of this museum, it is a rather ordinary and tired exhibition of stuffed animals... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2017
Lancaster, United Kingdom
Exquisite, must see if you are sick of yet another church/gallery/museum

Hundreds of beautifully made wax anatomic models from the 18thC. Hard to believe they are manmade... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2017
David R
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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%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
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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
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
Reviewed 26 May 2017

For anatomy nerds, La Specola is a must....this was one of my favourite museum experiences in Italy, along with the visit to Museo di Anatomia Patologica Taruffi in Bologna (also highly recommended). A good way to get away from the crowds too... it was relatively...More

1  Thank xjynx
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

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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
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