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Musei Universitari (Modena)

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Sala dei Dinoauri

Modena's University has been collecting things for centuries. The results are kept in six separate small museums, old-fashioned and a little dusty, seldom visited and relentlessly didactic—museums that are almost museum pieces in themselves. Two of the Musei Universitari are in the main building on Via Universitá; the others are scattered around town.

Museo di Zoologia e di Anatomia Comparata

A peculiar museum packed full of specimens, with thousands of skeletons, fossils and poor sad creatures in formaldehyde. It has resisted any and every urge to go interactive and high tech: it's a treat for anyone who loves old fashioned wooden cases of specimens (3300 vertebrates) with handwritten tags. They're proudest of their collections of parasites, poisonous animals and parrots.

Via Università 4; +39 059 2056561

Museo Astronomico e Geofisico

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Science, Technology and Cars

Modena Museums and Galleries

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Musei Universitari