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Zoological Museum, Naples

Zoological Museum, Naples

The Zoological Museum is a teaching and research facility attached the University of Naples. It has some unique natural history exhibits on display.

The Zoological Museum of Naples was founded by Gioacchino Napoleone Murat, Napoleon’s brother in law and King of Naples between 1808 and 1815. The museum opened its doors in 1811 with Luigi Petagna as its first curator. It housed the natural history collections of the Royal House of Bourbon and the private collection of eminent physician, Giuseppe Saverio Poli. The building housing the museum was severely damaged during World War II. It was restored under the capable guidance of curator, Mario Salfi, between 1948 and 1970.

The donation of the collection of natural history exhibits by physicist and natural historian Giuseppe Saverio Poli greatly enriched the displays at the Zoological Museum. The collection includes rare species of southern European butterflies, fresh water and marine mollusks and marine organisms and sponges unique to the Mediterranean Sea. Other exhibits are from the royal collection with over 3,000 embalmed birds, a collection of vertebrates including the skeleton of a 20 meter long whale found on the beach of Naples, mummified crocodiles from Egypt and the skeleton of an elephant. Guides are available at the museum for the convenience of international visitors.

Hours: Mon - Fri 09.00 - 13.30 also Mon and Thurs 14.30 - 16.30

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Sight Name: Zoological Museum
Sight Location: Naples, Italy
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Naples, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Naples

Create Your Own Walk in Naples

Creating your own self-guided walk in Naples is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Art Galleries and Art Museums Walking Tour in Naples

Art Galleries and Art Museums Walking Tour in Naples

Italy is well known in the whole world for its outstanding artists. Naples has an especially rich culture and history that you can admire by visiting its museums and galleries. These contain priceless paintings and works of art that are both old and contemporary. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most prominent art exhibitions in Naples:

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Naples: Capodimonte Hill Walking Tour

Naples: Capodimonte Hill Walking Tour

Capodimonte Hill is very rich and full of unique attractions. It rises above the lower part of Naples and offers panoramic views of the sea, the islands and the volcanoes. The unique Royal Botanical Garden and the famous Capodimonte Palace are set on this hill. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most popular sites of Capodimonte:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Naples Museums Walking Tour

Naples Museums Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Religious Sites Walking Tour in Naples

Religious Sites Walking Tour in Naples

Naples is a city with many religious, historical and architectural sights of great artistic value. The city has numerous magnificent churches. They are especially worth a visit because they have preserved their original structure from ancient times. This self-guided tour will lead you to churches, cathedrals and basilicas with beautiful paintings, architecture and history:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Landmarks of Naples Walking Tour

Landmarks of Naples Walking Tour

Naples is one of the most significant and most beautiful cities in Italy. It is known for its old and majestic architecture, monuments, fountains. Some of its landmarks are a thousand years old and are still preserved in their original condition. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most spectacular places of Naples:

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 Km or 4.8 Miles
Naples Introduction Walk

Naples Introduction Walk

Naples is the 3rd largest city of Italy. It is situated on the shore of the Mediterranean and is a dream city for tourists. Within it there is a hidden city of ancient civilizations. You can visit its underground streets. The architecture of the city is magnificent and contributes to the magical landscape of the city. This orientation walk will lead you to the most ancient and amazingly beautiful...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles