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Civico Museo di Storia Naturale
Ranked #54 of 859 things to do in Milan
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This natural history museum is the oldest civic museum in Milan. Its six sections offer a look at everything from the history of humankind to the study of paleontology (dinosaurs, anyone?) to zoology.
Guildford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“I think I missed something here...”
Reviewed 5 August 2012

We stopped into the Natural History Museum on the way from our hotel into the centre and were happy to see it was free as a lot of work appeared to be being carried out. We found it difficult to follow where we were supposed to go : they were out of museum maps, there were no signs and the lifts went to a few floors that didn't appear to have exhibits on. The facilities were poor (no loo roll or soap in the smelly basement toilets) and the exhibits felt very random with African animals next to polar ones without any apparent reason (I speak Italian, so it wasn't a language issue from what I could tell). There were no ramps at the entrance, and we couldn't get the strange lift contraption to work, so had to carry the pram up. I'm not sure how this museum could work for someone in a wheelchair.
I really really hope it was just half closed for the summer, but it looked like it could do with some serious updating. I'm very surprised at the other reviews on here and it feels like they were at a completely different museum.

Visited July 2012
Thank Michelle S
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Mildenhall, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Collection of Many Studies”
Reviewed 23 June 2012

Many different themes to view, two story plus a landing. Would have been better had there been more translations so we could understand the descriptions.

Visited June 2012
Thank off1now
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Exeter, New Hampshire
Level 6 Contributor
249 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2012

This museum had such an attention to detail, that I was blown away. Many of the exhibits are being upgrades and the work is spectacular. I have been to similar museums all over the US and Canada, this one topped them all in regards to the detail that went into the exhibits. The best part of the museum was the Italian animal and regional exhibits. The were beautiful, and informational as well.

Do yourself a favor and visit, only 3 euro, it is worth it.

Visited June 2012
Thank Jason K
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Milan, Italy
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“My secret place in the Milan Chaos”
Reviewed 6 June 2012

I adore this museum since I was a child.
several 'diorama' or entire rooms had been created in XIX sec.. If you like this ancient mood, the mental relax while you travel from the beginning fo the Earth to the contemporary classes of animale (great whale scheletorn on your head in one of the latest rooms)... this is the place for you.
The city of Milan, its rumors, its nonsenses and fashionist races, the shopping noise... let them outside. Milan has been also a centre of culture and mistery.
I remember this in the Civico Museo di Storia Naturale, in Museo della scienza e della tecnologia (MM2 S. Ambrogio), in the Planetarium (be carefull at the session time table - and at the groups of children - if you like meditation) and in the several, wonderful MiddleAge churches (Duomo, San Marco, Sant'Ambrogio...).
And for a good shock in order to ricreate the right perspective on life: S. Bernardino alle ossa - near the Public University - MM1 Sab Babila.... the breath fo centuries...

Visited October 2011
Thank Galeno78
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Lárisa, Larisa, Greece
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Rich collection”
Reviewed 22 May 2012

The natural history museum held a wide collection of pretty much everything that one could think when it's about nature and evolution. The period we visited Milano, the hall No3 was closed and messed up the visitor's guide. Good especially for someone with children in prelimenary/elementary school

Visited May 2012
Thank Marilena T
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