If you have a dark sense of humor (or, of course, if you're a sober scientist or historian), you won't want to miss this place. Thirty-plus rooms are crammed to the rafters with ancient and somewhat threadbare/moth-eaten specimens of the taxidermist's art, and the place features species that you--or at least I--haven't seen before. Like, for example, a deer with fangs. It also includes a 17th-c. hippopotamus that, during its lifetime, belonged to one of the Medici, who kept it in the Boboli Gardens. There are the usual minerals, skeletons, shells, etc., too, but by far the creepiest exhibits are the exquisitely horrifying 18th c. anatomical wax figures--perfect, and I mean *perfect*--used to train medical students. I have a strong stomach, and even I was feeling queasy by the time I left. Utterly fabulous "if you like that sort of thing."
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