University of Florence Natural History Museum, Florence

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  • We visited the Museum of Zoology and Natural History, best known as La Specola with our 13 and 15 year old sons and they loved it. It is like a huge taxidermist zoo, they were fascinated with the rang...  more »
  • We were with family the day of the Epiphany. Visit organized with final whale room kids enthusiastic about the visit for adults has not been outdone by a round of applause to Andrew for exposure
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  • Despite the outward appearance, which a short while ago to entice you to enter (also because of the absence of plaques at the entrance from the street), a typical external appearance-but unfortunately only-decadent and dusty to many of our universities, finally you can glimpse a hidden gem in the city that blends ancient with modern and technological. It was a long time since I put foot in this museum which in the past was limited to exposure in cases of massive fossils. Today the flavor of ancient remains in wooden cabinets, clean and well maintained, in terracotta and huge ceilings with ribbed vaults. But between skeleton and skeleton you can find some nice interactive screen which, though discreet in its modernity, giving way for users to interact with antiquity explaining the relevance of the discovery and beyond. The triumph of this ancient-modern dualism can be seen in the splendid Hall of the whale: a huge fossil of major proportions discovered by chance in 2007 over the green hills of Pisa, once covered by the sea. A room of blue with blue lights Dim, ambient water, interactive screens, drawer cabinets (discovering visitors) and the projection on a ceiling with fabric flounced a huge blue whale reminds very bright and modern European museums. At last. Feast for the eyes and the ears. Joy to the heart that sees an opening, also quite large, of modernity. Because modern doesn't necessarily mean bad, or bad, if well used in an ancient context. And I think in this casket reaches considerable heights. The Museum is not large but contains many interesting exhibits. Too bad it's little noticed.
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