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Museo di Storia Naturale - La Specola

Via Romana 17, 50125, Florence, Italy
+39 055 275 6444
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Best collection I have ever seen

This collection starts off slow and then it gets exciting and keeps going.. I never realized how... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2016
Jonathan S
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Naples, Italy
The collection of stuffed animals is interesting, but what is unique is the collection of impressive anatomical waxes

As often it happens in Florence, city science museums, being of ancient foundation, are, even more... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2015
Brun066
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Florence, Italy
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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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Reviewed January 18, 2016

This collection starts off slow and then it gets exciting and keeps going.. I never realized how large and vast this collection was. It was great how it slowly grew from one room to the next.

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Reviewed October 31, 2015

As often it happens in Florence, city science museums, being of ancient foundation, are, even more than facilities for scientific education, places where you can learn much about the history of science itself. This rule also applies to the collection of anatomical wax models housed...More

1  Thank Brun066
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Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

I went to the museum and loved it. The human body section was really well made with each organ system in a separate glass case. Stoning amount of animal species (mammals, birds, reptiles etc.). I highly recommend this museum for people who like animals and...More

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Reviewed September 3, 2015

Well, I see others have said this is a fun and quirky museum. That is probably a good synopsis. It is basically full of wax and preserved animals, insects, marine life, etc. from around the globe in the 18th and 19th century; as well as...More

2  Thank Denis B
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Reviewed August 2, 2015

We sauntered through this whole museum at our own pace unhurried by tourist crowds and waves of humanity like in other areas of Florence. There is a huge collection of preserved animal specimens - (HUGE!), a huge collection of wax human anatomy specimens dating back...More

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Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

This is a fun and different museum in Florence. I have admit that we thought it was a little bit more scary - but the whole family had fun.

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Reviewed July 27, 2015

This museum is worth searching out. It's not swarming with tourists and the collections are interesting. They have an extensive collection of taxidermy from around the world. The collection appears to date back to the 19th and early 20th century. By far the highlight of...More

1  Thank Wanderer336
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Reviewed July 26, 2015

The best part about this museum is obviously its collection of anatomical wax figures, but the other advantage is the fact it's not full of other tourists. Get out of the heat and explore a quiet and quirky museum that offers something a bit different.

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Reviewed June 30, 2015

What a spectacular museum! Since I have been to Florence and seen the greatest hits, it was time to explore other wonderful treasures that are available. And this museum was it! While it had the requisite "stuffed" animals and nature dioramas - the must see...More

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Reviewed June 30, 2015

Everytime I have been I have found something new I never saw the time before. Really wonderful museum with a great anatomical collection of wax figures and drawings. Great for anyone interested in animals, anatomy, or an artist wanting a quiet place to sketch.

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