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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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building itself worth a visit

no one knows what will happen of this museum, a disorganized jumble of collections in the 1000 years old hospital. Its worth a visit for the bulding, the frescoed atrio, and the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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pisa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

no one knows what will happen of this museum, a disorganized jumble of collections in the 1000 years old hospital. Its worth a visit for the bulding, the frescoed atrio, and the caves with etruscan relics, but i would not call it a museum

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Utrecht
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

It's really worth a visit: it has several sections in it, some are still under construction. But just opposite the cathedrale, you should not miss it. We got in for free, I don't know why? We arrived early, ie. at the opening hour: 10.30 am.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This is not a well-known museum but perhaps one of the most interesting in the area. The active archeological dig is inspiring but be sure to look in the chapel for the hiding spot of St Catherine

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Don't be fooled by the entrance, there is an exceptional collection of underground tunnels, chapels, mind blowing pile of human bones, incredible artwork and intelligently presenting the history of the town. There is also an extensive archeology museum. And more. I walked away with a much better understanding of the town after spending over two hours there. Amazing. And nearly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The frescos by Bartolo are stunning and give a real sense of everyday life in the Hospital in the 15thC. There are excellent notations to each fresco. The history of the place is brought alive through the well-organised and informative exhibits. We found this place to be better than the Museum adjacent to the Cathedral.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The old hospital has been turned into a museum complex that has something to offer for the whole family. The frescos are beautiful and the children's museum very nice. The setup in the basement provided endless entertainment (exploring a maze of underground corridors) as well as fascinating objects.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This museum was very good value and we enjoyed the escape from the mobs of tourists. The Pellegrinaio was most impressive with a series of frescoes showing important aspects of the history of the hospital. These are secular images showing medical practices and stories of helping foundling children, and feeding and clothing the poor. Worth a look.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This building is not to be missed, not only for its beauty, but also to understand the charitable works of Siena in the Middle Ages and later. It has been put to good use by the addition of a children's art museum, and the use of part of the old hospital system as an archaeological museum.

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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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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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