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Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

Piazza Duomo 2, 53100 Siena, Italy
39 0577 534511
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Ranked #11 of 57 attractions in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Art Museums
Owner description: This museum complex, which houses the National Archaeological Museum of Siena, began as a pilgrims' hostel and orphanage, then served as a hospital... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Hampshire
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101 reviews 101 reviews
38 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was the first hospital set up in Siena and it has now been turned into a huge space for old Etruscan artifacts, displays regarding the development of the City, wonderful fresos etc. It also includes a room dedicated to the replacement of the fountain sculptures from Piazza Del Campo showing the old decayed ones which were removed and the... More

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Lake Placid, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Good place to escape from tourists. Can easily stroll around and view exhibits. There is more here than you think. The building has different levels and is bigger than it appears from outside. It is confusing to visit. There are impressive murals in one area. Then, there is an old chapel area with some relics. As you make your way... More

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Siena, Toscana, Italy
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The historic hospital of Siena is a massive multi-storied complex facing the cathedral, which now is one of Siena's municipal museums, containing a wide range of exhibitions of artwork and artifacts on the history of the city. The structure of the building itself is fascinating, with layers upon layers creating a dizzying labyrinthine space which very much embodies the multi-layered... More

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Long Beach, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
7 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Why the bias? Because I love exploring things with no one around and I stumbled upon this place when it opened and had it all to myself which made it magical. ASIDE from that, I dont know why this place did not even make it in my tourbook. It's awesome. The collection is not something to drool over, but you... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This museum was outstanding! We arrived early and were for the most part, the only people wandering through. Santa Maria della Scala used to be a very old hospital begun 1,000 years ago and which has now been restored and houses some wonderful frescoes and Etruscan relics. This was a pleasant surprise and well worth the visit.

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Basel
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

This museum has not enough guidance on where to go/walk. Also very little of the descriptions are in English. Some of the winding rooms were so dark, you couldn't see anything. Two of the rooms included exhibitions about flags and comics where there was no link at all to the building / former hospital at all. Why not describing more... More

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Teramo, Italy
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

This is not your average museum. It is not well curated and lacks information. However it was an amazing experience to just wander around the lower floors and allow oneself to get lost in spooky corridors and old musty chapels, with the odd skull lurking here and there (and the feeling that there may be something else lurking around too... More

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Edinburgh,Scotland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

An amazing sense of activity of the hospital, and a wonderful context for the illustrated history of Siena, and a sense of descending into the underworld past ossuary and down little corridors to the wash house on the lowest level.

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Manila, Philippines
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

A medieval hospital in the process of being converted into a fabulous museum. It is located just across the piazza from the Basilica and it has two levels below the piazza level. I would encourage everyone to visit. Amazingly, it was almost empty on a Sunday afternoon when I went. It is not yet perfectly curated, but the space itself... More

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Lucca, Italy
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

The exhibition was really good, the photos were amazing and the exhibition by itself was really interesting, however the organisation of it was pretty bad: we had to wait for more than 40min after getting our tickets to actually be allowed to see the exhibition, the audioguide included in the ticket wasn't available and the toilet was dirty, the space... More

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