Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum of Verona gathers several interesting collections of geology, zoology, paleontology, arranged according to a usable and didactic layout. One of the most interesting sections is that of the Bolca fossils, exceptional for their quantity, variety and details.
The Natural History Museum of Verona is located on the left bank of the Adige River, in the historic Palazzo Pompei, a Renaissance masterpiece by architect Michele Sanmicheli. It is ideal as a destination for a school trip with a scientific-naturalistic theme or for parents with children who want to spend a pleasant afternoon.
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The Museo Civico di Storia Naturale (Civic Museum of Natural History) was founded in 1853, when the naturalistic collections of plants, animals, fossils and geological specimens of Verona, which had been accumulated by passionate citizens since 1500, were brought together.
In total, there are fourteen exhibition rooms. There is also a rich library, laboratories, deposits of the collections and the offices of the Museum.
The collections of the Natural History Museum of Verona are organised in the sections of Botany, Geology and Paleontology, Prehistory, Zoology, comprise a large number of natural specimens that make up a heritage of exceptional importance and richness.
The Prehistory and Botany sections are housed in the Command Building of the Austrian Arsenal of Verona.
The collection of archaeological finds from the numerous Palaeolithic, Neolithic and Iron Age sites discovered in the Verona area is very interesting and bears witness to the richness and complexity of the cultures that have inhabited this region of Italy since ancient times.
A large section is dedicated to the fossils of Bolca, a locality in the Lessini mountains near Verona that is famous for its marine fossil quarries, which are among the most beautiful in the world. Bolca has been included among the Unesco sites of palaeontological interest, the only Italian site of its kind. For five centuries now, the Bolca quarries have provided fossils that are unique in the world in terms of quantity, variety of animal and plant species and details. Scientists are still debating the causes and conditions that have created the immense fossiliferous deposits of Bolca, a fascinating mystery.
In the halls of the museum crammed with specimens of all kinds you will feel like a diver, swimming into a fossilised coral reef of millions of years ago.
The Museum of Natural Sciences of Verona, is now housed in Palazzo Pompei, Renaissance masterpiece of Michele Sanmicheli.
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