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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 56 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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Be prepared to spend most of your day here! The frescoes of the hospital, and children's museum, and church may seem like they are enough, but absolutely don't miss going downstairs. There is an atmospherically lit collection of mediaeval relics in one section, and the original remains of the Gaia Fountain alongside the casts that were used to create the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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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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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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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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Cambridge
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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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Perth, Australia
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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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Hampshire
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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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Lake Placid, Florida
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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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Siena, Toscana, Italy
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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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40 helpful votes 40 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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