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The Museum of Zoology was founded in the second half of the 19th century by Prof. Pietro Doderlein, from whom it inherited the name and vision. The building still preserves the original structure and furniture, which immediately make visitors feel the atmosphere of old times. A nineteenth-century aura blends together with the modernity of which the museum has always been a bearer, as a driving force for research and organization of scientific events. Also, conferences led by academic lecturers of national and international institutions, as well as laboratory activities for children, are regularly planned.

Fishes – The museum’s collection of dried fishes is one of the most important in Europe. It preserves about 1000 specimens of the 18th century Mediterranean

Sea ecosystem. It’s a legacy of fauna that can no longer be found: from sturgeons, caught in the Gulf of Palermo, to cases of different species such as congers eels and snappers with a body-size no longer detected in present day catches.

Reptiles and Amphibians – The herpetological collection of Sicilian fauna contains about 500 specimens, stored in alcohol or dried. Some of the species are allochthonous, such as Xenopus laevis, a predator frog that originates from Africa.

Birds – The original Doderlein’s collection contains about 1000 taxidermy specimens. You can find species of local avifauna and rare migrating birds and species that are extinct in the island, like the eagle-owl.

Mammals – The collection consists of 250 stuffed animals that come from Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Of particular interest two sicilian wolves, a species now locally extinct.

Invertebrates –The Museum has hundreds of marine invertebrates preserved in alcohol, which allow the visitor a view of the main zoological groups of the Mediterranean Sea from the simplest Porifera to the Echinoderms.

There is also a rich collection, consisting of about 200 entomological boxes and thousands of molluscs.

 

Opening time:

Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

 

Opening time (July - August):

Tuesday to Saturday, 10,00 am -13,00 pm

Sunday 5,00 pm -8,00 pm

 

 

Phone:

091 23891819

email:

museozoologia@unipa.it

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets:

Fulll 3,00 €

Reduced (kids under 10 years and over 65 years ): 2,50 €

 

Free entry: student UNIPA  science courses and under 4.

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Museo di Zoologia "P. Doderlein"

Università degli Studi di Palermo

Via Archirafi, 16

90123 PALERMO, Italia

Codice Fiscale 80023730825, Partita IVA 00605880822

 

091 23891819

museozoologia@unipa.it