Venezia: Museo di Storia Naturale
I know, if you’re going to visit Venezia, you probably do not have dinosaurs’ skeletons in mind, but you may be a science nerd or a parent and then things take a different perspective.
Yesterday we had the pleasure to chase our gorgeous four year old through the exhibition spaces of the Museum of Natural History and despite the expected hurry (I mean, the little one had to take a ferryboat - Vaporino as soon as possible), we actually enjoyed our visit.
So yes, while I am not a bone person either and I kind of walked hastily through the taxidermist rooms which smelled of century old dust and forlorn animal souls, I appreciated Mr. Ouranosaurus nigeriensis welcoming us to the Museum and totally enjoyed the deep blue fish room.
The museum is kids friendly, meaning that the staff is actually used to tiny barbarians hovering everywhere and they eye you with sympathy and understanding.
I would stay as far as possible, if you are happily single or still in the un-parent mode or travelling without offspring.
On the other hand, if you wish to observe Italian natives and/or feel less stuck in a tourist trap, this may actually be a great place to be.
It is easy to reach from the train station, as there are shields indicating your way (almost) at every turn and you can find more information on the dedicated internet site.
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Fridays, 9:00-17:00 (tickets are sold only up to 16:00); Saturdays and Sundays 10:00-18:00; Mondays closed.