The University Museum System originates and draws its identity from the Museum of Natural History of the University of Florence, of which it preserves the material and immaterial tradition, over four centuries long. The most ancient nucleus of the Museum is represented by the "Giardino dei Semplici", commissioned in 1545 by Cosimo I dei Medici.
Today there are three units that make up the Museum: Palazzo Nonfinito, with the ethno-anthropological and osteological collections, and the historical photographic archive; 'La Specola', with the anatomical waxes, the litho-mineralogical and the zoological collections; 'La Pira', with the geo-paleontological and botanical collections, and the Botanical Gardens.
via del Proconsolo 12, Firenze | open
via Pier Antonio Micheli 3, Firenze | open
via Giorgio La Pira 4, Firenze | open
via Giorgio La Pira 4, Firenze | open for research purposes only
via Romana 17, Firenze | temporarily closed