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National Museum of San Matteo

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Address: Piazza San Matteo in Soarta | Lungarno Mediceo, 56100, Pisa, Italy
Phone Number: 39 050 541865
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National Museum of San Matteo, which is housed in the Benedictine...

National Museum of San Matteo, which is housed in the Benedictine Monastery, features a group of paintings from the 12th- to 18th- centuries, and a rich collection of sculpture from the Pisano School.

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Well worth a visit if you're interested in medieval and Renaissance art

A fascinating collection with some major masterpieces though sadly the building is poorly maintained and feels a bit run down. I was the only visitor!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Bristol, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

North bank of the river. It's a former convent or monastery, and a nice place to stroll round. Not mobbed by the hordes which visit the Piazza dei Miracoli. In fact we pretty much had the place to ourselves. The courtyard / cloisters was a bit worn out. Its best friend might call it shabby chic. The golden Reliquary of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A fascinating collection with some major masterpieces though sadly the building is poorly maintained and feels a bit run down. I was the only visitor!

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Plant City, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

There is such a vast array of religious relics. Very fascinating. My 14-year-old son chose this museum based on how old some of these relics where. I took more pictures of the gorgeous courtyard than anything else. Inside on the second level they had statues, paintings, and so much more with some English descriptions, as well Italian. Entry price was... More 

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

If you are keen on thirteenth and fourteenth century religious art - and I am - then the collection is of a surprisingly high quality. But you will need to have a high tolerance for rooms full of Virgins and Childs with Saints and for depictions of the Crucifixion. There is one room at the end of the tour with... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

This gem was the highlight of our visit to Pisa. It is quite amazing and nobody really seems to know about it. A fabulous collection of Florentine art. No fanfare, no shop, no postcards and, bliss, no tourists!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

I visited by myself midweek and not in high season. The museum has some great medieval exhibits and a huge collection of Christian imagery! However I have to point out it's not exactly tailored to tourists or non Italian speakers. Most of the placards are in Italian which is fine but the only English information is found on huge boards... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

Having watched Italy uncovered, Locateli and Graham-Dixon recommended this museum highly and they were not wrong. For 1 1/2 hours we had the place to ourselves to examine and enjoy some of the best Renaissance Art gathered in one place. Just brilliant and enjoyable I would put it above the crowds at the Leaning Tower of Pisa as the place... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

Of course visit the Piazza Dei Miracoli but escape the crowds and visit this exceptional collection which , by presenting its exhibits in chronological order in 38 rooms , demonstrates the development of art in Pisa. This is especially the case with the collection of painted crucifixes showing the development from mystical Byzantine to more realistic styles.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016

For lovers of early Christian, Romanesque carving and statuary this museum is a treasure trove of wonderful artifacts salvaged from their original buidlings over the years to preserve them in a better environment. The rooms of 12th and 13th C. paintings are also a treat, wonderfully positioned and lighted. The wall colors are very dramatic and give a perfect backdrop... More 

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

The most amazing museum in Pisa. Do not miss,it. We were alone here and this is so sad. The hordes go to the leaning tower and just ten minutes away you find this gem. It is,full,of superb art and so well kept. We loved it. The early art and tryptics/ crosses were worth the trip,alone. Go there !

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