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Museum of Natural History of the University of Florence. The F. Parlatore Botanical Section

The plants in the F.Parlatore Botanical Section originate in part from the Imperiale e Reale Museo (the Imperial and Royal museum) which was founded in 1775 by the Lorena family.

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The museum is housed in an historic building in the San Marco area and is part of a group of museums which together make up the Natural History Museum of the University of Florence. The other sections of the museum are the Mineralogical and Lithogical Museum and the Geological and Paleontological Museum. This botanical museum also goes by the name of ‘Erbario Centrale Italiano’ (the Central Italian Herbarium). It was founded in 1842 by Grand Duke Leopold II of the Lorena family who commissioned Filippo Parlatore to carry out the work of assembling the collections.

The museum is home to 4 million plants from all over the world, as well as several private collections. In fact, there are a number of historic herbariums here, such as the sixteenth century A Cesalpino collection, the eighteenth century P.A. Micheli collection and the eighteenth/nineteenth century P.B. Webb collection. The museum also contains an interesting collection of sculpted wax model plants and seventeenth century paintings of vegetables.

Opening Hours
By appointment only

Entry Fee

€6,00 adult
€3,00 for children aged 6-14 years
Free for children under 6, adults over 65 and all University of Florence students and employees, ICOM and ANMS card holders, disabled visitors and those who accompany them.

Disabled Access

Contact Information
Via La Pira 4
Telehone 055-2757462 or call 055 2346760 to organiste a guided tour
E-mail musbot@unifi.it
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