The Natural History Museum of the University of Pisa, born at the end of the 16th century, is one of the oldest museums in the world.
Today it is hosted in the Charterhouse of Pisa in Calci and houses unique collections of historical and scientific importance. The visit of the Natural History Museum twists and turns in the most “humble” spaces of the Charterhouse, the ones once used by the brothers for their everyday jobs: basements, storage rooms, olive press room, carpentery room, barn and so on.
The Natural History Museum is divided into two exhibition areas: the former includes the new Aquarium and the Temporary exhibitions. The latter includes the Permanent exhibitions: Historical Gallery, Museum Garden, Amphibians and reptiles, Mammals, Archaeocetes, Human evolution, Minerals, “The Earth: myths and science”, Geological eras, Dinosaurs.
The rooms now host numerous exhibitions, among which the historical gallery and the gallery of cetaceans, the rooms dedicated to dinosaurs, minerals and mammals and the largest freshwater aquarium in Italy. The presence of the two museums inside the Charterhouse make it an unicum on the national panorama, an extraordinary place where wonder and fascination blend with science, history, art and nature.