The wax anatomical models are one reason the Zoology Museum might be the only one in Florence where kids eagerly pull their parents from room to room. Vast, impressive, but creepy collections of pickled creepy-crawlies and stuffed specimens from every branch of the animal kingdom kick things off. These exhibits transition into rooms filled with lifelike human bodies suffering from horrible dismemberments, flayings, and eviscerations––all in the name of science. These wax models served as anatomical illustrations for medical students studying at this scientific institute from the 1770s. The grisly wax plague dioramas in the final room were created in the early 1700s to satisfy the lurid tastes of Cosimo III.
- Frommer's Staff