Tickets for Museum of Natural History La Specola: Skip The Line

See thousands of preserved animals and stunning mineral collections

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Sunday:  Closed
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Friday:  Closed
  • See over 5,000 perfectly preserved and dissected animals from a collection of 3.5 million – trust us, it's less gruesome than it sounds!
  • Enjoy the sparkliest exhibition in the world, as you check out the Mineraliter gemstone collection
  • Celebrate the life and work of Galileo in the stunning Neoclassical Tribune of Galileo

Ever seen a stuffed walrus? How about one from the 18th century? See it for yourself, plus a mind-boggling collection of 3.5 million animals at Florence's La Specola Natural History Museum. Be wowed by sparkling minerals and gemstones, pay tribute to legendary astrologist Galileo, and even peek inside a hippo. It's weird, it's wacky, it's science!

In the Zoological Collection, study more than 5,000 animals, perfectly preserved, dissected and displayed for your viewing pleasure. It might be a little creepy if it wasn't all in the name of science - when was the last time you looked inside a hippo?

In the new Mineraliter exhibition, 'ooh' and 'aah' at the University's glittering collection of rare minerals, sourced globally, as well as from Italy. Just don't call them rocks!

Finally, you can celebrate the life and work of the revolutionary Florentine scientist in the magnificent Tribune of Galileo – a glass-domed shrine with stunning frescoes depicting Italy's invaluable scientific achievements.

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Access to the Zoological Collection
Access to the Mineraliter mineral section
Access to the Anatomical Wax Halls
Access to the skeleton rooms

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La Specola Museum
17,Via Romana, 50125, Florence
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Insider tip

La Specola opened in 1775, so it's one of the oldest science museums in Europe. And its dramatic Neoclassical architecture is a cool backdrop for thousands of artifacts from the history of Italian science.

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Ratings & reviews
10 Reviews

Jul 23, 2019
A somewhat extensive collection of birds, but not so with other quite drab surroundings. I expected to be intrigued by the species and the presentation. Likely my issue. Even my 13 year old granddaughter was finished in 20 minutes.
Jul 7, 2018
The wax anatomical models were wonderful, and well worth the extra money. i would have liked to. Have been able to book them in advance, but actually there was no problem getting a ticket on the day.
Feb 9, 2019
Il museo delle cere anatomiche, il più antico d Europa è a dir poco STUPEFACENTE!!

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