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National Museum of San Matteo

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Address: Piazza San Matteo in Soarta | Lungarno Mediceo, 56100 Pisa, Italy
Phone Number: 39 050 541865
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Description: National Museum of San Matteo, which is housed in the Benedictine...
National Museum of San Matteo, which is housed in the Benedictine Monastery, features a group of paintings from the 12th- to 18th- centuries, and a rich collection of sculpture from the Pisano School.
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Make time for this museum when you visit Pisa

It's a great pity that some of the thousands of euros received each day from visitors from Pisa's number one attraction don't find their way over to this end of the city to help... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

It's a great pity that some of the thousands of euros received each day from visitors from Pisa's number one attraction don't find their way over to this end of the city to help improve the displays and general amenities of this important museum. Guide books tell you that the museum's building is an ex-convent used as a prison in... More 

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Chennai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

- A repository of medieval masterpieces displayed in a convent on the Arno's waterfront. - The gallery's collection of paintings from the Tuscan school ( works by Taddeo Gaddi, Lippo Memmi, Gentile da Fabriano Ghirlandaio ) is fabulous --Masaccio's St Paul, Fra Angelico's Madonna of Humility are not to be missed. A small painting by Gentile da Fabriano of Virgin... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We saw this along with the Royal Palace, which I liked better. Both are along the Arno, in the university area, and were open off season (unlike some museums down the Etruscan Coast). This museum has no-doubt important religious paintings from the 13th-15th century - my gripe is that I'm interested in the secular and blue robed madonnas were meant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This museum is slightly off the beaten track in Pisa and it contains a huge collection of Italian religious art from the 12th century onwards. There are some stunning pieces and if you are in to this sort of art in a big way you'll sped hours here. Even if not it's worth a visit at €5 a ticket. Don't... More 

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Wincanton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Why this wonderful collection of paintings and sculptures from C13 - C15 isn't more visited I just don't know. You could be the only person visiting ! The collection of Gothic and early Renaissance work is world class. The whole history of Tuscan art in one building. AND you can be so close to them you can see every brush... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

To understand the art of the Italian Renaissance, it is best first to have knowledge and appreciation of the art of the 12th-13th century. This is an incredibly good museum for that purpose. As expected, all the paintings and sculptures are religious, and mostly based on the Madonna and Child theme. However, there is an enormous range of variations. The... More 

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Camerano Casasco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We visited on a dank November Saturday afternoon and had the place almost to ourselves. While not necessarily the best laid out museum, it does have some absolute gems which make the entry price incredibly good value. Parking is reasonably straightforward for the independent traveller in the nearby piazza.

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

In Pisa the mass of tourists is attracted by the "Piazza dei Miracoli" and by the surrounding monuments, and this is understandable. But if a tourist were to see just one another sight in Pisa, I think this is to recommend. This is for several reasons. First, for the excellence of the masterpieces on display, especially on the first floor... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Donatello's head of San Gennaro is outstanding. A must see. Also plenty of other works mostly gold background religious works and huge crucifixes. Unpretentious museum in old monastery and works are sensitively displayed. Lockers available and toilet but no refreshments.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

If you are not well prepared you must make sure to get the folder "The Museum in 1 hour", otherwise you will miss the 18 masterpieces in this museum. Highlights are Simone Martini's "Polyptych of St. Caterina", Andrea and Nino Pisano's "Madonna del Latte", Massacio's "San Paolo" and Donatello's bust of "San Rossore".

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