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16 June 2014 @ 05:37 pm
The Museo di Storia Naturale  
I think the Museo di Storia Naturale deserves a post all of its own since it was the most unexpected treasure we visited in Venice. I picked it out of the guide book because it was listed as "good for children" and had some dinosaurs in it so I felt that it had pretty much something for all the family.

It took a bit of finding, once again much aided by Google maps and despite being in the guidebook it was obviously not part of the regular tourist trail. We mostly had the place to ourselves while the rest of Venice was not quite packed with people but well on the way to being so. All the labels were in Italian. However I'd been teaching myself Italian using the Duolingo app in my mobile phone* and B. knows a lot of natural history so between us we managed.

It is not a huge natural history collection but it has been presented spectacularly. Someone involved had, in particular, a real flair for lighting. Several of the rooms were also organised by collector rather than subject matter which was quite fun, giving you a sense of one man's interests. It also allowed them to play with having very traditional style display cases (though I strongly suspect even these were of modern design) in some rooms, with more modern presentations based around themes like flight or underwater in other rooms.

We embarrassed the little one by taking loads and loads of photos.



The Dinosaur


They had one complete dinosaur - an Ouranosaurus Nigeriensis. B. noted that this is the actual fossil, however, not a cast. Hence the extra framework supporting the bones.

The Fossil Section





Trilobite Trackway
All the trackways were set into the floor so you could walk over them!



Funky rotating lighting

More Traditional Style Displays








Flight
This room was directly after the underwater room which was all in dark blues with animals suspended in globe-shaped displays in partitions. B. and I obviously both decided it was too dark to take pictures. The contrast walking from the dark underwater room into the bright flight room was sufficiently striking that we both then took loads of pictures.










B. was experimenting with a panorama app on his phone

There was a Whale Skeleton on the way out




*interestingly the level of Italian I'd acquired proved to be well up to reading descriptions in museums, but less good for interacting with waiters. About halfway through our stay it suddenly gave me the word for the bill (il conto) which did makes things a lot easier.

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fififolle: Primeval - Creatures Dirty Lovefififolle on June 16th, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
Hee! Glad you discovered the word for the bill :)

What an unusual and interesting museum! Love the lighting and that was a cracking real skeleton.

Thanks for sharing!
louisedennislouisedennis on June 17th, 2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
It was a wonderful find.
Cordelia Delayne: [people] florence (and the machine)cordeliadelayne on June 18th, 2014 02:06 am (UTC)
Great photos! It looks like a really interesting place.
louisedennislouisedennis on June 18th, 2014 06:21 pm (UTC)
It was. We were really pleased we picked it for a visit.