Pavia Natural History Museum in Italy

Pavia Natural History Museum

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Local name Museo di Storia Naturale

Address Via Alessandro Guffanti, 13
Zip-code 27100
Place Pavia
Country Italy

Directors1852-1874: Balsamo Crivelli
Pietro Pavesi
Giuseppe Mazzarelli
Rina Monti Stella
Edoardo Zavattari
Cesare Artom
Carlo Jucci
Riccardo Milani

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Pavia Natural History Museum, located at Via Alessandro Guffanti, 13, in Pavia, Italy , was founded in 1771.

Taxidermy specimens

Pavia Natural History Museum has in its collection 1 elephantine museum specimens with records in this database:

(Measurements of teeth and body parts follow the system described by Maglio (1973; P = plate number, L = length, W = width, H = height, LF = lamellar frequency)

    The elephant of Napoleon Accession nr: . Received: 2015-00-00 The elephant of Napoleon
    Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
    * Born 1770 at Asia unspecified location † Dead 1782-09-25 at Versailles menagerie
    Death: accident Death reason: drawned after falling into the waters of a canal in the park
    Body, bone or dental material: skin,

Comments / picturesThe Natural History Museum (Italian: Museo di Storia Naturale) in Pavia, Italy is a museum displaying many natural history specimens, located in Palazzo Botta. Founded in 1775, it was one of the oldest museums of natural history in Europe. It currently forms the University of Pavia museum network, along with 5 other museums — the University History Museum, Museum of Electrical Technology, Museum of Archeology, Museum Camillo Golgi and Museum of Mineralogy.

The museum was founded as part of the renovation projects by the empress Maria Theresa of Austria for the University of Pavia in 1771. It was set up by Lazzaro Spallanzani, a professor of Natural History in the university. The museum received its first collection, minerals from Vienna, which were donated by the empress Maria Theresa.

The collections were kept at Collegio Ghislieri until 1775, when they were moved to Palazzo Centrale, where the collections were catalogued according to the Linnaen Classification system.

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Koehl, Dan (2023). Pavia Natural History Museum, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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