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Address: Bordighera, Italy

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This small museum is certainly worth a visit. Very interesting Butterfly collection, and a fine italian guide. She really did showed us around in a good way, without much english... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2016
Kurt c
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

This small museum is certainly worth a visit. Very interesting Butterfly collection, and a fine italian guide. She really did showed us around in a good way, without much english, but with a lot of hand language.

Thank Kurt c
Argyll, Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2015

This private museum, which is more for specialists, naturalists, botanists, and researchers, is off the beaten museum track. Our hotel arranged our visit and the charming curator - who didn't speak English but helped us understand the museum nevertheless - showed us round. Towards the end of the 19th and into the 20th century, Clarence Bicknell, an Anglican vicar in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

This is a fascinating testament to the times when Bordighera had a resident British population of nearly 3000 souls. Bicknell ammassed a collection of books and other artifacts in a purpose built hall that was also used for concerts. The imposing ficus tree outside (of which there are several in the town) is amazing and has literally swallowed the iron... More 

1 Thank impavidus
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2015

This museum is almost opposite the now closed Villa Regina Margherita, and completely hidden from view. At the entrance to the museum (having followed the small road down the hill) there is an enormous Ficus tree with massive roots. This has already strangled the original entrance gate and also has a couple of palm trees growing through it! The museum... More 

Thank Alex M
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2014

This is a splendid library and museum, and the Ficus outside is amazing. However, because of limitations of cash, it is not open as often as the guide books say and it would be good to check if you have to make a special journey (ie other than walking to it from Bordighera). It's lovely to see such care of... More 

Thank Clare A
Province of Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Very interesting botanical library with lovely garden and a beautiful giant ficus tree in front of the gate..very impressive!

Thank carpazi0
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

Well worth popping in here for an hour's guided tour while exploring this charming town. Fronted by massive ficus trees, this fascinating building and collection is a memorial to the life and work of Clarence Bicknell, 19 century British botanist and archaeologist, one of the celebrated residents of the town in its heyday.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2013

The best 2 Euros you will spend if you like books, botany, history, and culture. Very good curators (in Italian or French) show you around a small library with a very important collection on Ligurian natural history, botany, geology and much more. You can come back and read at the library during opening hours and there are a few books... More 

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London, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2012

An extraordinary collection of books, botanical specimens and much else, beautifully presented in a purpose-built hall to preserve this slightly eccentric but serious and high-quality collection by a British expat of the late-19th century.

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