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Address: Via Ricci, 10 | Palazzo Neri Orselli, 53045, Montepulciano, Italy
Phone Number: 0578 717300
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The civic museum has been located in the Neri Orselli palace since 1957....

The civic museum has been located in the Neri Orselli palace since 1957. This palace, is one of the very rare examples in Montepulciano that recalls typical Sienese civil architecture from the 1300’s, but it is actually the result of centuries of heavy modifications and adaptations of several buildings fused together: today it has a brick façade of three floors along Via Ricci, a beautiful courtyard with small loggia and well; inside it is spread over 4 different levels. The museum is divided into four main sections: Archeological section, Montepulciano section, Della Robbia section, Art gallery.

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OK Town Museum ...

We stopped in because of its Etruscan collection and did see a number of nice and interesting artifacts. (Must visit Museo Ghuillia in Rome, near Borghessi gardens to visit the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 24, 2015
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Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

We stopped in because of its Etruscan collection and did see a number of nice and interesting artifacts. (Must visit Museo Ghuillia in Rome, near Borghessi gardens to visit the world class Etruscan museum). Otherwise it was interesting to view art with a local focus on Montepulciano. Signage is almost all in Italian, which makes it challenging. Worth a 1... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This is a great little museum with its own rediscovered Caravaggio, and also beautifully set out Della Robbia terracottas and interesting Etruscan objects. Well worth a visit.

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This is a very interesting Museum. It is worth the visit. You will see amazing artifacts and artwork. It is quiet impressive for a small town.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

The star attraction here for me was the poster proclaiming they had an original painting by one of the grand masters. Despite extensive reading about this seventeenth century maestro, I had never seen this painting getting a mention before. Having seen it, I am sceptical but base this on nothing more than gut instinct, certainly no expertise. There are too... More 

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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Unfortunately, the old monastery was closed for repairs, but the art was breathtaking. The theme was regional history and had paintings that took you back to those times. We started our stay in Montepulciano there and it was the perfect way to start the mindset.

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

like the title suggests, literally nothing is described in any other language than Italian. Whilst they had a few interesting pieces, none of them had any context for us, hence I would not suggest it was worth the €8 price of entry.

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

We used the museum as a way to get out of the rain and to kill a couple of hours. The museum was very small but had some interesting pieces of art. There was very little English therefore we could only look at the work while not learning much about it.

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Milford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

A wonderful place to spend a couple of hours in Montepulciano. A nice collection of Etruscan items, and a lovely display of pieces by Della Robia. Be sure to go to the topmost floor to see the Museo's Caravaggio, with the wonderful touchscreen interactive they've done to explain its history.

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Bad Salzuflen, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We have visited this museum in august of 2013 and it is a nice visit. But unfortunately the documentation with the paintings is very little and all in Italian. The archeological part of the museum is new and modern, but the paintings gallery requires a bit more attention. But nevertheless it is a great way to pass your time.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

This is a small collection, but the Etruscan material is well presented and the layout is bright, simple and modern. The painting highlights are the mediaeval religious works (from the town's churches) and the recently restored and identified portrait (a rare thing) by Caravaggio.

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