If they were to shoot the Italian version of ‘Night at the Museum’, this would be the appropriate venue. Rhinos, giraffes, lions, stuffed bears seem to be just waiting for the museum doors to be closed to come to life again.
The original nucleus of the Civic Museums of Reggio Emilia began, in fact, with the purchase of Lazzaro Spallanzani's naturalistic collection and expanded following different lines: historical, scientific, and artistic.
There is so much to see, including nineteenth-century and modern lay-outs, all the way to interactive spaces.
Two suggestions: let yourself be amazed by the barbaric Roman treasure and take your time to admire the section dedicated to the Reggio Emilia photographer Luigi Ghirri. Themes that are chronologically distant but representative of the history of Reggio Emilia.