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Museo di Cere Anatomiche

Under the Clothes at Madame Tussaud's

Facial waxes in the museum

The University of Bologna's Wax Anatomy Museum really deserves a visit. Some of 18th- and 19th-century Italy’s most talented artists worked in wax, making anatomical models to help in the teaching of medicine; their productions have never been equalled. Some of the most glamorous are in the Museo di Palazzo Poggi, but some of the more bizarre and technical figures are here.

There's also a fine collection of 2000 skulls, models of fetal deformities and other pathologies, the obsession of one of the anatomy professors, Cesare Taruffi (1821-1902).

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Via Irnerio 48

Hours Mon-Thurs 10.30am-5pm; Fri 10am-2pm.

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Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Museo delle Cere Anatomiche