Civico Museo di Storia Naturale di Trieste

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Civico Museo di Storia Naturale di Trieste
Trieste - Museo di Storia Naturale.jpg
Established 1846
Location Via dei Tominz, 4 Trieste
Coordinates 45°38′25″N 13°48′02″E / 45.640405°N 13.800529°E / 45.640405; 13.800529
Type Natural history museum
Public transit access 11, 22 buses

Civico Museo di Storia Naturale di Trieste is a natural history museum in Trieste, northern Italy.

History[edit | edit source][edit]

The museum was opened as a Zoological Museum in 1846 with the name "Cabinet Zoological Zootomico". In 1855, under the protectorate of Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, the museum was renamed "Museo Civico Ferdinand Maximilian". Through many donations, the museum had developed a range of exhibits. While keeping the zoological address, it now had florageological, and paleontological exhibits and a vast library that contained works in various languages. In 2008, the museum was closed and relocated to reopen in 2010 as the "Museum of Natural History Trieste".[1]

Curators and Directors[edit | edit source][edit]

Heinrich Koch - Honorary Director (1846-1852)

Heinrich Freyer - Curator (1852-1864)

Adamo Simeone de Syrski - Director (1866-1876)

Charles de Marchesetti - Director (1876-1921)

Mario Stenta - Director (1921-1928)

Giuseppe Müller - Director (1928-1945)

Edoardo Gridelli - Curator (1945-1957)

Renato Mezzena - (1960-1987)

Sergio Dolce - (1990-2010)

The Halls[edit | edit source][edit]

Wunderkammer[edit | edit source][edit]

"Wunderkammer is a place where a collection of curiosities and rarities is exhibited".[2] The museum has a hall dedicated to the original "Cabinet of Curiosities" that was established in 1846. The museum states on their official website that the hall is "a fundamental nucleus of any museum".[1] 

The Scientific Cabinet[edit | edit source][edit]

The Scientific Cabinet showcases the Enlightenment Period from the late 1700s. Its exhibits include apothecary stations, alchemist labs, and the natural sciences.

Fossilization[edit | edit source][edit]

The Hall of Fossilization is dedicated to paleontology. The museum teaches guests how fossilization occurs and offers visuals to help them understand the concepts. The museum displays various species of various sizes that have been fossilized over time.

Antonio[edit | edit source][edit]

This hall contains Antonio, one of the most complete dinosaurs that have been collected.[3] Along with Antonio, there are other fossils on display such as a vertebrae, a pelvis, and a disarticulated skull. There are also plants, crocodiles, and shrimps on display from the same period.[1]

The Food Chain[edit | edit source][edit]

This hall consists of three rooms. The first two rooms contain a parade of animals corresponding to their place of the food chain. The third room takes visitors into the city to observe the food chain and inner workings in a modern setting.


  1. ^ a b c "Civico Museo di Storia Naturale – Comune di Trieste". (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  2. ^ "Wunderkammer - definition of Wunderkammer in English | Oxford Dictionaries". Oxford Dictionaries | English. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  3. ^ Vecchia, Fabio M. Dalla (2009-12-12). "Tethyshadros insularis, a new hadrosauroid dinosaur (Ornithischia) from the Upper Cretaceous of Italy". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 29 (4): 1100–1116. doi:10.1671/039.029.0428. ISSN 0272-4634. 

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