Museum of Zoology “P. Doderlain”


This Museum, created in 1862 by Prof. Pietro Doderlein, is part of the University of Palermo and was born as a site for scientific education.

Once reserved only for students and professors, today it is also accessible to the public, thanks to Coop Culture.

The Museum houses a collection of about 5000 pieces including whole organisms and parts of organisms, some embalmed and preserved by the founder (so they are about 150 years old).

Children can observe a wide variety of animals, for each specimen is given the name and also the origin (eg Palermo, England, Sicily, Northern Europe, Urals). In some cases there are also descriptions of the anatomical details of the animal.

Or you can admire parts of the body such as the heart, brains, trachea, stomach, etc. 

The Museum is one of the places indicated by “Le Vie dei Tesori”.

The Museum is located in Via Archirafi 16 (near the Botanical Garden) and is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (winter hours).

The ticket costs 3 euros for adults and 2.50 euros for children (under 4 years old enter for free). There is another price list with the Botanical Garden, because it is a Unipa website and an agreement has been made whereby the tourist can buy a cumulative ticket with the Doderlain from the Botanical Garden, thus saving 1 euro per person.

Until 3 November – on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. – it is possible to enter with the ticket for “Le Vie dei Tesori”, costing 2.50 euros.


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