Natural History Museum of the University of Pisa
Places of interest - Museum
- Calci -
- Contact Person
- Roberto Barbuti
The Natural History Museum of the University of Pisa is one of the oldest in the world. Born as a "Gallery" at the end of the 16th century by the will of Ferdinando I dei Medici, today it collects and exhibits over 400 years of scientific-naturalistic research history of the Pisa University. Since 1986 it has been housed in the premises of the Certosa di Pisa in Calci and represents one of the most important Italian naturalistic realities. Finds of zoology, fossils and minerals, organized according to systematic and thematic criteria, are exhibited in about 5000 square meters of halls and galleries on three floors. Of considerable importance is the Cetacean Gallery, among the first in Europe for scientific value, the Paleontology sector with dinosaurs and the Aquarium Gallery, currently the largest freshwater aquarium in Italy. The Museum offers diversified visits, an intense educational activity that covers various scientific fields and all school sectors, and exhibits unique collections for historical and scientific importance, as well as hosting temporary exhibitions of great importance. A visit to the Museum therefore becomes a unique experience due to the complexity and unity of the messages transmitted, thanks to the richness of the collections and the charm of the exhibition spaces, the historical-artistic context of the Carthusian monastery in which the museum is inserted and to the sweetness of the surrounding landscape. An exceptional Tuscan place, where amazement and enchantment mix with science, history, art and nature.