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Museo di Storia Naturale, Sezione di Zoologia La Specola
immagine decorativamuseo via Romana 17 Firenze
immagine decorativatelefono 055 2756444
immagine decorativamail edumsn@unifi.it
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Opened to the public in 1775, La Specola contains some extremely rich zoological collections. Of particular interest is the Hall of Ungulates and Carnivores, where numerous species of antelopes, the rare okapi (the elegant antelope giraffe) and a splendid example of white rhinoceros can be admired inside the big display case of the African herbivores. The rooms dedicated to birds are thrilling with their countless forms and colours. Amongst the Reptiles and Amphibians can be seen the tiny poisonous frogs of South America, strange reptiles, two giant turtles of Galápagos and a huge specimen of reticulated python. Between many crocodiles stands out a mummy of a crocodile from the Nile, discovered in an Egyptian tomb. It's also possible admire the extraordinary collection of wax anatomical models from the late 17th to the early 19th centuries, which explain the whole human body in detail, much better than any book.
 
 
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Timetable
From October 1st to May 31th
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9.30–16.30
From June 1st to September 30th
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30–17.30
Closed Monday;January 1st, Easter, May 1st, August 15th, December 25th

The Anatomical Wax Model halls can be accessed with a guided tour only. Guided tour hours: from Tuesday to Friday 11.30 am, 3 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 3 pm.

Required reservation for groups bigger than 10 people (tel. 055 2756444)
The last entry is half an hour before closing time
 
 
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