Temporarily closed for renovation.
The section takes its name from the astronomical observatory established here by Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Lorraine. The Tribune of Galileo (1841) is decorated with frescoes and marblework illustrating Italian scientific discoveries from the Renaissance to Alessandro Volta. It houses a zoology collection with an almost comprehensive range of existing animals; of particular interest are the stuffed remains of a hippopotamus, a gift to the Grand Duke in the 18th century, which lived for several years in the Boboli Gardens. Ten rooms are devoted to anatomical waxes produced in the museum workshop in the 18th–19th centuries, including the works of Gaetano Zumbo and Clemente Susini.
The zoology section of the museum and the amazing minerals exhibition from all over the world make it one of the most popular museums for children.
Museo di Storia Naturale dell'Università di Firenze - Zoologia - La Specola
Via Romana, 17, 50125 Firenze FI, Italia
People with motor disabilities can access the Skeletons Hall at the ground floor, the Tribuna di Galileo, the Mineraliter exhibition at the first floor, the Zoology collection and finally part of the anatomical wax models.
It is not possible to access the Torrino (little tower) of the Specola, due to the narrow stairs.
Since September 2019, "La Specola" is closed for renovation. For more information, please check this Website: https://www.msn.unifi.it/p553