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Atlas Obscura A Massive Entomology Collection in Genoa

Walking through this natural history museum’s 23 rooms, which house over 4 million zoological, botanical, and geological specimens from all over the world, you may recognize a familiar name. There’s Doria’s tree kangaroo, Doria’s cave beetle, and Doria’s slug, and many other species that bear the name of the prolific naturalist who founded the museum, Marquis Giacomo Doria.

An avid entomologist and herpetologist, Giacomo Doria spent the early 1860s collecting samples of various plants, insects, and animals in Persia, the Red Sea, and Tunisia. He was an influential figure in Genoa, and in 1867 the Genoa City Council unanimously approved his proposal to fund a Civic Museum of Natural History (Museo Civico di Storia Naturale), which also bears his name. Giacomo Doria served as its director until his death in 1913.

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