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The Botanical Museum was opened in November 2008. It was created with the intent to incorporate visits to the Botanical Gardens with monographic and thematic analisys . To prepare certain sections were made botanical models in three dimensions that , thanks to the passion of Dr. Cristina Delunas, manager of the structure, reproduce in a modern and renovated way, the ancient art of wax modeling . A combination of art and science, well known in the past centuries, which had as illustrious character C. Susini and L. Inkwells , best known for the anatomical waxes and that, after E.Tortori's death(1893) , fell into disuse and was almost forgotten. In this small museum the ancient art rises again: mushrooms , flowers , carnivorous plants , pollen and insects take shape, completely created by hand over the flame of an alcohol lamp. Unique pieces, made in the belonging laboratory . The museum houses scientific instruments used in the Departement during past centuries , such as microscopes, precision balances and dryers. It preserves an important collection of herbal preparations in formalin which has about 200 pieces. Historically important for the place where the Garden and then the Museum rise, is a small collection of archaeological finds from the Roman period ( first and second century . D. C. ) found in the Garden itself. A showcase is dedicated to the history of herbal medicine .