Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana

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Occupying part of Il Duomo's extension, this museum houses Pisano's original statues from the building's façade and a fine array of panels, including works by Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti and Sano di Pietro.
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Andrew S
Bellingham, WA1,046 contributions
Jun 2019
The museum also gives access to some of the best views of Siena.

The contents of the museum are decent, but not spectacular. One exceptional thing is that they have remounted one of the windows from the cathedral. This gives you an unusual and exceptional close of up view of stained glass that you rarely ever get.
Written May 13, 2020
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Irina I.
Chisinau, Moldova131 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
Being myself a a great fun of sienese early renaissance painting this place was a sort of pilgrimage. A room full of Duccio will blow your mind. They permit to take pictures nowadays ( they didn’t two years ago) , no flash though.
Written September 22, 2019
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DianeER
Falls Church, VA1,910 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
Tips - definitely take the time to go up the steep steps to see an outstanding view of Siena & the Duomo from high above. For me that was the best part of this Museum.

The rest of the Museum is OK but the view from on top alone is worth coming here.

Note that only one group goes up, sees the view & comes down. So if you are waiting down below, ask how long the wait will be. The steps are small so really two people cannot pass on the steps at one time so the rule about letting one group go up/down at the same time is a great idea.

Tip: the view of Siena is different than the bell tower so it’s worth it to do both.

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Written February 13, 2016
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Dirk W
Antwerp, Belgium176 contributions
Oct 2020
Museo dell’Opera, a museum that brings together important monuments and works of art from the Duomo and other churches of the region.

The masterpiece in this museum, according to experts, is the Maestà, a painting of 4 meters wide by Duccio. To be honest, we don't think this painting is really special and we have seen much nicer things during this city trip, but we are of course just lay people! What does impress us is the original stained glass rose window that the same Duccio made for the facade of the cathedral.
Written November 17, 2020
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Christiane
Greece10 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We had to wait 2 hours to get in and once we got in they yelled at us and told us to go back downstairs. No organisation at all. We had had to wait 30 minutes in each room to get to the next room to get to the panorama. One of the employees wasn't wearing his mask properly and when we asked him to please put it on correctly he completely ignored us. A catastrophe.
Written August 21, 2020
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Tom P
Tallinn, Estonia44 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
By far the best view of all the major parts of the city. Plus the museum you get to walk through to get to the view has some incredible pieces also. We were only allowed 5mins out on the ledge however it felt like longer and wasn't rushed.
Written November 19, 2014
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iluvatar0324
Budapest, Hungary35 contributions
Jun 2011 • Couples
The museum itself is really nice, but it's not extraordinary. What makes it special, is, that you can climb to the Facciatone, a panoramic terrace where there's a fabulous view of Siena. The Facciatone is the facade of a cathedral that was never completed.
It is a 131-step, narrow corkscrew stairway, quite easy to climb.
At the museum entrance there is usually a sign how much you should wait for, how long is the queue. As I've been there it was 30 minutes written but I only waited 10 minutes.
Go for it, you won't regret. :)
Written June 25, 2011
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erstokke
Oslo, Norway19 contributions
Just beside the Duomo is the Museo dell Opera, where you can see the great paintng "Maesta" (Virgin Mary and Child on a throne) by Duccio. It was completed in 1311. To see this one painting is worth the entrance fee by itself.

There is also a room with church artifacts which you may find both interesting or horrible. There are skeleton parts from "holy persons" decorated with gold and put in crystal boxes.

In one room there is a small staircase in the end of the room with a small glass door. If you enter this door, you can get to the top of an old church wall where there is a great view over Siena. The stairs are very small, so do not bring bags etc. Also the stairs are so narrow that there is only one way traffic - which means that it may not be a good experience on a crowded day.
Written April 7, 2010
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The Wandering Reviewer
Melbourne, Australia9,603 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
This isn't for everyone, but our uncle of 85 years came with us and he loved it too. It brings some insight into the world and history of this place so many centuries ago. The sculptures and paintings and mosaics are stunning. The terrace at the top has amazing views that you can't get anywhere else.
Take you camera and be prepared to be 'wowed'
Written May 11, 2018
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westy54
Sydney, Australia7,496 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
The all inclusive Euro15 ticket gets you entry here, also to the Cathedral, the Library, the Crypt, the Battistero and the Facciatone for a panoramic view. The entry to the Museo and the Facciatone are via the same entrance door as to the ticket office.

Once inside the first thing that you see is the magnificent stained glass window crafted by Ducco in the 13th/14th century that was originally in the apse of the Cathedral but was moved here to protect it. However, this is supposed to be the last stop and the staff usher you upstairs to see the other paintings and sculptures including another Ducco masterpiece, the Maesta, Madonna with 20 angels and 19 saints. There are rooms on most levels as you ascend the 80 steps to the main area where, if you wish, you can climb the additional 148 steps to see the panoramic view.

However for me, the ground floor display of the stained glass window at the end of the darkened room together with Pisano's sculptures of the saints (also moved here from the facade of the cathedral to protect them) on either side was the winner.

As in every museum you exit via a shop however this one is quite different in that it is housed in a chapel with a beautifully painted vaulted ceiling, alter and walls.
Written July 7, 2016
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