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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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A real must, beautiful opposite the cathedral. Friendly staff. Less known but really interesting. The frescoes are interesting from a historical point of view.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

A real must, beautiful opposite the cathedral. Friendly staff. Less known but really interesting. The frescoes are interesting from a historical point of view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Visited this today as some people had recommended the interactive art exhibit for children. Well we were disappointed with that. However our 9 year old loved the frescoes and we learnt quite a bit about life in the Middle Ages. The chapel alone was worth a visit. We then descended to a chapel dedicated to St Catherine. We were intrigued... More 

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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

By chance, we met one of the art restorers of this museum, who gave us a behind the scenes tour. This once hospital, now museum, was fascinating. There are three chapels inside. Look at how the artist, Sebastiano Conca painted with perspective the columns as part of his depiction of the Probatica Piscina, the pool where people would be miraculously... More 

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is an extraordinary museum complex. You can visit one area for a short while or set aside a day and visit all areas. Why not start at the beginning by visiting the archeological exhibits. These are beautifully presented down in the bowels of the building. You get a real sense of the rarely seen historical layers this wonderful city... More 

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Valle Crucis, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This building used to be a hospital in the past and the frescoes inside on the walls are spectacular. It is across from the Duomo so very easy to find.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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

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

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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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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Address: Address: Piazza Duomo 2, 53100 Siena, Italy
Phone Number: 39 0577 534511
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Siena  >  Siena

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