La Specola, Florence

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#3 of 12 in Childrens Museums in Tuscany
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  • The Museum represents a world of knowledge from which we're falling apart because of technology. Would thoroughly recommend it to young and old alike to see live what through a screen we can equally learn but cannot give us the same emotions. I found it all very evocative and rich of encounters with strange beings and biological reality. In short, I highly recommend it to experience ' real ' of this nature is. Beautiful waxes representing with incredible realism the Interior of the human body in every segment and apparatus: medical scientific-artistic masterpieces!
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  • This place is a must with kids who are bored of churches and art. My kids are 8 (boy) and 11 (girl) and they loved it. Fsm8ly ticket at €13 was a bargain too. Very quiet place no queues. Highly recomm...  more »
  • From the Boboli Gardens symptoms wandered into the Museum! There were models of the human body and exhibits a strange. While thinking of what would go into the ticket.
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  • If taxidermy isn't your thing, then just take a look at the beautiful mineral exhibit on the first level. Otherwise head up the stairs to see a huge collection of insects, birds, fish, and furry creatures. Not to mention the amazing human body models! Fascinating. Great for adults and kids.
  • Spectacular displays of taxidermy and natural history, which go on forever (in a good way!) — after each room you think "surely that's all!" only to enter another room of wonders. Human anatomy wax models are amazingly detailed (and, just maybe, a little creepy). Wonderful to wander through, and the price is fantastic: it cost us only €13 for a family of five. Fascinating and great value.
  • Hello friends of GOOGLE, My experience at this museum was horrendous. I had read a review somewhere that this was a great place to visit and you would see many fascinating anomalies in animals and humans. Boy was this a lie. I was a little upset from the beginning when I had to wait for the front desk attendants to let us pay for the tickets, because she was busy talking about her life to her fellow coworkers for ten minutes. Apparently they don't value us as customers. Then after paying the 6 euros you find out that there really isn't a need for a ticket as you could just walk in. Once you walk in though, you'll probably want to walk out. Every single thing in the museum is a fake and atomically incorrect reproduction of the creatures. With no descriptions on the displays and no noise in the whole empty sketchy building, the whole time you're in there you will feel a little bit worse about your purchase. The only living things are these fish that you can barely see, as they have never, I repeat never, washed the tank. They won't be living for long. At the end of the long trip you have wax figures of humans. Interesting thing to find at a zoological museum, but besides that they were very boring. The only interesting thing is how they decided that for every male they would not have pubic hair but every woman they would add a nice bush. Very unnecessary considering they were doing the anatomy of the human. Anyway don't waste your money, I garuntee that this review is more interesting a read than the museum.
  • Amazing array of exhibits. Comprehensive zoological samples. Also a historically significant collection of crystals and semi precious minerals. Very historic museum. Entry includes access to the beautiful tribune Di Galileo.
  • Lots of taxidermy and wet specimens. Huge collection of human anatomy wax sculptures and drawings. Only 6 euros each per ticket. Probably the most interesting place you can find for that ticket price. Don't forget to look up. The ceilings are painted with murals. Give yourself at the very least 2 hours to enjoy it.

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