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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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Fascinating museum tells history of this important ancient hospital plus LL excavations

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Saint Louis, Missouri

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Jim H
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

- 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 

Thank David-3083-1138
Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank JonBunston
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.

Thank Sue-at-5
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

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 

Thank Teri L
Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

One of the oldest hospitals in Europe, the complex is now accessible (it wasn't 20 years ago). Don't miss this! Well explained through slide shows, fantastic frescoes, a gold treasure and more. We spent several hours and didn't get to see everything.

Thank lovethisplanet2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The Archaeological Museum within Santa Maria della Scala's are a series of restored underground rooms which were used as storerooms, warehouses and technical spaces. The space is enormous, and they have yet to finish excavating/restoring. There is so much to see it can almost be overwhelming with works presented along pathways. Take some time to explore here as well as... More 

Thank welcomehomeworld
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

A beautiful museum, across for the Siena Cathedral. Magnificent collection and an incredible crypt. We highly recommend it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This complex is an amazing maze that will lead you through out time and history, from middle age to actual times, this museum is full of surprise ! It's a former hospital that has been transformed into a museum Do not go there if you don't have the time because there is a lot of rooms and things to discover... More 

Thank Corinne M

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