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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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We visited this museum as recommended by our hosts in Siena. We were expecting Visited this museum as recommended by our hosts in Siena. Totally different to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We visited this museum as recommended by our hosts in Siena. We were expecting Visited this museum as recommended by our hosts in Siena. Totally different to what we were expecting and not your typical museum. Its a vast place with several underground rooms, as well as housing a chapel and many beautiful frescos. I don't really know how to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The fresco's depict care of abandoned children, crusaders, elderly sick & weary travellers by the monks. The display of Flags of the Contrade showed some of Sienes tradition & the Treasury had preciuos artefacts in an amazing setting.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We decided to go because I'd read it had an Etruscan archeological exhibit. We bought tickets and entered the museum to emptiness and despair. Siena was crowded but no one was there. The entire experience is a bit eerie because the building itself is a labyrinth and makes no sense. I'm still convinced this building was staged as an elaborate... More 

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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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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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