An ancient monastery founded in 1366, is the home to the impressive collection of Pisa University Natural History Museum. The collection was started by the Grand Duke Ferdinando I De Medici in the 16th century and has expanded during the centuries. Today Calci Charterhouse features one of the largest collections of cetacean skeletons in Europe. In 2008 the museum opened the Aquarium section in its cellars. Following its renovations in 2016, now it hosts the largest freshwater aquarium in Italy, featuring many rare species from all around the world.
How to arrive and Ticket Prices
Calci Charterhouse is situated 10 kilometres outside Pisa. If you’re coming from the highway, the exit is Pisa Nord. Then follow the provincial road towards Calci. The directions lead directly to the Charterhouse parking a few meters from the entrance.
The museum is divided in 3 different sections: the Natural History Museum, the Aquarium and the temporary exhibitions. Full ticket gives you access to the three for 14,00 €. Otherwise, you can book separated entries for 8,00 €. For more info check the museum’s ticket office.
Calci Charterhouse Natural History Museum
Framed by the beautiful historical buildings, the Natural History Museum is an inspiring immersion through minerals, animals and archaeological finds. The historical gallery is set like an ancient museum and has also a Wunderkammer (Chamber of Wanders) inside. The freshwater aquarium section has over 100 species, many very rare coming from all around the world. The Mythos Fantastic Creatures temporary exhibition is a walk-through ancestral beliefs and cultures. It’s also a very fun area to take pictures with the creature’s mock ups.
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