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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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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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Amazing place!

I wasnt sure what to expect in this visit, which was part of 3 attractions we paid for when buying our 20 euro ticket to climb the Manga Tower (the other being the civic hall... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

IF you get the combination ticket to see Il Campo, City tower & city museum, it will include this museum. On its own, unless you have plenty of time, it’s not worth it. The Rick Steves guide said it’s a huge museum- it is- but the best parts are the first floor frescoes so stick to that if you are... More 

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wasnt sure what to expect in this visit, which was part of 3 attractions we paid for when buying our 20 euro ticket to climb the Manga Tower (the other being the civic hall beside the tower), but it was an amazing place. Spread over 4 levels were different attractions. The hospital itself - a refuge for pilgrims, the... More 

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This site is interesting as it begins to mix old with new. Beautiful frescos that have been restored along with findings from newly excavated areas. I enjoyed it and would do again as long as I had more then a few days in Siena. If you only have 1-2 days, then I would postpone for another visit.

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

We didn't really know exactly what we were getting into when we entered this museum. We thought it was going to be a nice building with nice art objects. It is much more! It is an amazing experience! You enter at street level and you discover that you are on level 4!!! So you start descending into an amazing underground... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

We went with the intention to spend two hours, which we did. First stop: archeological museum from ancient excavations. Totally fascinating with artistic lighting throughout. Returned after lunch for another two hours to explore the upper level - fantastic frescoes depicting what the hospital did to help the community plus the usual splendid ceiling paintings. And more! Highly recommend.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

October 2014 was my second visit to this museum. The first was 1997, and there was not much to see. The range and depth of exhibits here has expanded vastly. Exhibits of the hospital - one of the oldest in the world - include paintings of the ill, visuals of medieval treatments and such. That alone would be fascinating, except... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

- probably used for forced elementary school field trips - a great place if you like to look at old, red bricks - some interesting murals on the ground floor level - some interesting reliquaries with many saint's bones - many rooms are closed off with no signage saying 'do not enter' - the gallery guards will just yell at... More 

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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

After the tower this is the second place to visit in Siena. It is a treasure trove of art, information and history and much bigger than it appears from the outside. Allow 2 hours as it is over multiple floors with the Archaelogical museum in the cellars. Incredible atmosphere and does feel as if you have been transported in time.... More 

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Southampton, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We thought a visit would fill a bit of time before we had to leave the city but in the end we probably spent nearly 2 hours looking around. There is plenty to see and the artifacts in the museum are very well presented.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

This place is fascinating and haunting. Take the time to read every historical placard, the story is enchanting! It has been called a city within the city and it truly is. So many amazing things happened within those walls. The museum has done a wonderful job of lighting the spaces downstairs, leading tourists through a labyrinth of artifacts, treasures and... More 

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