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Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

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Address: Piazza Duomo 2, 53100 Siena, Italy
Phone Number: 39 0577 534511
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Description: This museum complex, which houses the National Archaeological Museum of...
This museum complex, which houses the National Archaeological Museum of Siena, began as a pilgrims' hostel and orphanage, then served as a hospital from the 10th century to modern day.
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Fascinating excursion into the past

Entering into this museum complex, you step into 1000 years of history. Located opposite of the Cathedral, this hospital was operational for that long, since it was built to cater... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Siena, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Not much explanation of the hospital that used to be there. There is a random contemporary art exhibit that doesn't fit, and a random contrade Palio exhibit that is interesting. The air is so stuffy and it is hard to breathe especially downstairs. Downstairs, there are a bunch of archaeological Etruscan artifacts with little explanation. Also downstairs is the creepiest... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Entering into this museum complex, you step into 1000 years of history. Located opposite of the Cathedral, this hospital was operational for that long, since it was built to cater for sick pilgrims along the via Francigena , the poor and orphans. The restauration has already progessed a lot since it started end of the 90s there is a lot... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Not being religious, I actually prefer non-religious subjects in art, and there is an excellent cycle of frescoes here explaining about the workings of the hospital in its early days. There are also some rather gruesome relics (bits of saints) on display in the cellars in their beautiful, elaborate containers, and a variety of other interesting discoveries to make. You... More 

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Kent UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Would highly recommend this as a 'must do' for anyone visiting the area. The museum is extensive so allow time. A great escape from the heat if visiting in summer months. The frescoes are stunning and there are extensive historical artefacts. I shall visit again as didnt dedicate enough time on this occasion.

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Siena, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Just across from the Duomo is this incredible old hospital-turned-museum. There are so many splendid sights in here, including an enormous collection of Etruscan artifacts, contrade bandieri, coins and more. The surprise at this site? There is an old Sienese street that became enclosed by the building at some point.

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Ancona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

A real must, beautiful opposite the cathedral. Friendly staff. Less known but really interesting. The frescoes are interesting from a historical point of view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Visited this today as some people had recommended the interactive art exhibit for children. Well we were disappointed with that. However our 9 year old loved the frescoes and we learnt quite a bit about life in the Middle Ages. The chapel alone was worth a visit. We then descended to a chapel dedicated to St Catherine. We were intrigued... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

By chance, we met one of the art restorers of this museum, who gave us a behind the scenes tour. This once hospital, now museum, was fascinating. There are three chapels inside. Look at how the artist, Sebastiano Conca painted with perspective the columns as part of his depiction of the Probatica Piscina, the pool where people would be miraculously... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is an extraordinary museum complex. You can visit one area for a short while or set aside a day and visit all areas. Why not start at the beginning by visiting the archeological exhibits. These are beautifully presented down in the bowels of the building. You get a real sense of the rarely seen historical layers this wonderful city... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This building used to be a hospital in the past and the frescoes inside on the walls are spectacular. It is across from the Duomo so very easy to find.

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Address: Piazza Duomo 2, 53100 Siena, Italy
Phone Number: 39 0577 534511
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Siena  >  Siena

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