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The Malacologia Terrestre Museum

A collection of extremely rare molluscs from around the world

Via del Duomo, 47
The Malacologia Terrestra Museum is housed in an historic and architecturally important building. Popular tradition dictates that this originally Medieval building was the birthplace of Ildebrando degli Aldobrandini, the man who became Pope Gregory VII in 1073. The museum itself is quite unique both in Italy and Europe. It was founded in 1988 by the International Malacology Association and today takes up two floors. The collections are divided by geographical origin.

The museum is home to a collections of unique land and river molluscs. There are over 3000 pieces on display which originate from tropical forests, rivers, lakes, ponds and arid and wooded areas from all over the world. One part of the museum is dedicated to a series of extremely rare land molluscs from New Zealand, New Guinea and Australia. Background information concerning the origin and background of each mollusc is provided in the museum by a series of informative panels.
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