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Natural History Museum of Venice, Italy

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Wrangellian

Looks like a nice place. I hope that the waters don't rise too high unexpectedly, preventing them from having a chance to move those specimens out of there. :unsure:

Do they have a large invertebrate collection? Any Monte Bolca stuff?

 

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Italo40
1 hour ago, Wrangellian said:

Looks like a nice place. I hope that the waters don't rise too high unexpectedly, preventing them from having a chance to move those specimens out of there. :unsure:

Do they have a large invertebrate collection? Any Monte Bolca stuff?

 

Yeah, floods happen quite often (1-2 times per year), but I think that the museum is not affected.

As for the collections, the invertebrate section of the exhibition is very small (only a couple of mass mortalities of molluscs) and very few other things.

As for Bolca (usually it is recorded as Monte Bolca, but Monte, that means hill, is not correct) there are 3 fish specimens and a palm fruit. I attached the pictures in the previous post. Bolca stuff is ever-present in any Italian museum and Venice is no exception :)

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Troodon

Nice tour thanks for posting.  

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Masp

Will have to visit this museum next time I’m in Venice, thanks for sharing! 

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Wrangellian
10 hours ago, Italo40 said:

Yeah, floods happen quite often (1-2 times per year), but I think that the museum is not affected.

As for the collections, the invertebrate section of the exhibition is very small (only a couple of mass mortalities of molluscs) and very few other things.

As for Bolca (usually it is recorded as Monte Bolca, but Monte, that means hill, is not correct) there are 3 fish specimens and a palm fruit. I attached the pictures in the previous post. Bolca stuff is ever-present in any Italian museum and Venice is no exception :)

Ah, I saw those Bolca fish but did not notice your blurb! Should have known they were from there. It was late here and I wasn't too sharp.

I was thinking about the rising sea level with global warming. I wonder how well Venice will be able to handle that...

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Italo40
51 minutes ago, Wrangellian said:

Ah, I saw those Bolca fish but did not notice your blurb! Should have known they were from there. It was late here and I wasn't too sharp.

I was thinking about the rising sea level with global warming. I wonder how well Venice will be able to handle that...

Yes that's a for sure a matter that Venice will have to face in the future, but who knows when, probably (at least I hope) when we won't be around anymore 

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Wrangellian

Yes, and hopefully it happens gradually so we have time to adjust, but I'm sure there will be catastrophic events like floods...

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jdp

There are some excellent Bolca displays both at Universita degli Studi di Padova (~45 minute drive from Venezia) and at the museum on-site at Bolca over in the provincia of Verona. Bolca in particular is spectacular, and you can go for a short walk and see the actual Pesciara quarry, which is a fun little history lesson. I think there's a bunch of Bolca fishes in the museum in Verona as well, but I've never been. 

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On 10/25/2019 at 4:07 PM, Italo40 said:

Yes that's a for sure a matter that Venice will have to face in the future, but who knows when, probably (at least I hope) when we won't be around anymore 

Acqua alta has been getting worse over the past few years, and the pumps at the entrance to Laguna have not really worked as advertised. Hopefully they get it figured out, but...

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2 hours ago, jdp said:

There are some excellent Bolca displays both at Universita degli Studi di Padova (~45 minute drive from Venezia) and at the museum on-site at Bolca over in the provincia of Verona. Bolca in particular is spectacular, and you can go for a short walk and see the actual Pesciara quarry, which is a fun little history lesson. I think there's a bunch of Bolca fishes in the museum in Verona as well, but I've never been. 

Yes, for vertebrate palaeontology the Padova museum is considered the most rich and important of the whole country. The museum has been closed for years and reopened only in 2018 and of all those that I've seen in Italy it is still my favorite one. I'll publish a few post about it in the upcoming weeks. 

The Bolca quarry has been owned by the same family for many many generations and the Pesciara is the only locality in Italy where amateurs can actually look for fossily legally. Otherwise the law forbids collecting and selling italian fossils (but not destroying them in quarries!).

Verona has a great museum too. Most of the holotypes, studied collections and the historical specimen found in Bolca (the oldest documented was found in the XVII century) are stored there. Besides, its province has the highest concentration of palaeontological museums of Italy, you can count 12 of them!! The whole Veneto region has a great palaeontological heritage: in the province of Vicenza, exceptional specimens of crabs can be found and the Zannato museum holds the most important collection of them (and is probably the most important fossil crabs-themed museum in the world). Again near Vicenza there is the stratotype of the Priabonian stage and many quarries known for their great assemblages. In the Dolomites alps (for example near Cortina d'Ampezzo) it is possible to find fossils too.

Is it difficult to find a place not famous for a fossil assemblage or a museum in Veneto I'd say!!

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Masp

Didn’t know about this museum I will have to visit next time I’m there, thank you for sharing. 

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JamieLynn

wow...how fabulous. I love taking a "virtual trip to the musuem:. thanks!! 

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Ruger9a

Dang, I've been to Venice a few times and never thought of checking out this place...…..  Missus was much more interested in other sights.  My loss.  Maybe next time.  Great photographs and displays.  Thanks for sharing.   

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