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Museo Zoologico La Specola, Florence
(4.3/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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  • The nature museum is beautiful, though a bit neglected and outdated and definitely children can affect much. The reason for my review, however, is the collection of anatomical wax which is really amazing and should be valued and promoted. I don't think there is a copy in the world. I had already visited almost 30 years ago and now we are back with friends and satisfied me yet (I'm a doctor, but I think might be interesting for everyone)
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  • A world full of culture, zoology and anthropology. Beautiful anatomical wax figures, with anatomical details to the limit of perfection. A place full of infinite charm over time.
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  • The collections inside the Observatory are unique in the world, especially that of anatomical waxes: are not only interesting and well done but really nice to look at. The collection of animals, molluscs and crustaceans is really rich. A pity, though, the neglect in which float these precious pearls: Although the context a historical building and really nice, the rooms are left really go. Terracotta floors are his closing and give an impression of neglect and dirty; the walls have seen better times, as well as the electrical system to vista. The cases have a flavor of old, and maybe that's the idea that you want to trasmettere...ma old doesn't mean careless and decadent ... The shrines, some dusty beyond belief, contain wonderful stuffed animal for rarity & magnitude. Some very well preserved, others seem that crumble at any moment under the eyes. I hit a small aquarium with four real fish, from glass so dirty that they couldn't understand the particular animals contained. A few captions, very few in a foreign language. The portion of anatomical waxes, unique in the world, could be better exploited by teche more tidy, modern and clean. Despite this sense of decline and backwardness that however they sense the adults, the children enjoy a lot: it's rare indeed to find a rich and varied collection of exotic animals also reunited into one Museum. A shame however note such neglect in one of the world's most unique and interesting museums.
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