Check out the eerily realistic, centuries-old anatomical wax models at La Specola
Inaugurated in 1775 by the Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Lorraine, La Specola was one of the earliest museums of science open to the general public. It originally housed all objects of the Medici-Lorraine’s extensive natural history collection. Today it contains not only a vast collection of taxidermied animals, including the hippopotamus that the Medicis apparently kept in the Boboli Gardens in the 1600s, but also the world’s largest collection of anatomical waxes. The models are both extraordinarily realistic and eerie in their depiction of otherwise romantically posed female figures (nicknamed ‘Venuses’). It is truly an unusual sight.
La Specola, Via Romana, 17, 50125 Firenze, Italy, +39 055 205 5930