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Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

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Address: Piazza del 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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Extraordinary museum in the expansive levels of the old hospital. It houses many outstanding frescoes which show the daily life of the hospital. There is an amazing collection of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Geelong, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As other reviewers have highlighted, this is a confusing mixture of ancient, modern and everything in between. The complex itself is hugely impressive, but to understand it and appreciate it, you really need to either speak Italian or have a guide or guide book - the signage, brochure and maps that come with the ticket are really unhelpful. There were... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This building was originally a Pilgrim's Hospital to house all the ill and no doubt weary pilgrims who stopped at the Duomo on the trek along the Via Francigena. That's why it's on the Duomo piazza. The upper parts you immediately walk into were portions of the hospital, and there are amazing fresco from the 1400s, showing what daily life... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Extraordinary museum in the expansive levels of the old hospital. It houses many outstanding frescoes which show the daily life of the hospital. There is an amazing collection of precious Byzantine objects, the restored remnants of the Fonte Gaia, and an extensive archeological section. The museum route takes you through amazing tunnels under the building.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

This museum is quite eclectic. It was an operational hospital from the 1100's to the early 1900's. It has a reasonable historic painting collection, great frescoes on the walls and ceilings, a couple of beautiful churches (a main church at ground level and a beautiful tiny chapel below grade, where those who died in the hospital were honoured), an unremarkable... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

This medieval hospital cum art gallery is enormous and seems to be a strange mixture of history (hospital, Etruscan gravestones) and large dollop of art gallery (frescos and elements of modern art). Some of the frescos are stunning, some of the modern art questionable, although it made you think. In the lower basement you can find Etruscan artefacts leading up... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Even though this museum was highlighted as a must see in our guide book, we thought it was overrated. The gold pieces were very good and the basement level which was very atmospheric but I wouldn't make it a definite must see on your list.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

An old pilgrim's hospital is filled with frescoes and architecture from that time, as well as modern art and local artists. We skipped the mediocre local artists, but really enjoyed the traces of medieval pilgrim times. This doesn't take as long as a regular art museum.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

So many magnificent things to look at, it was almost too much to take in in one visit. However, the visitor information is clumsy, not well thought out and hard work. Most info was only in Italian - some English - but nothing in any of the other European languages : suggest French, German and Spanish. Dusty academic language and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

I was very much positively surprised how they have transformed this large medieval hospital into a multi-discipline museum keeping the spirit of the hospital intact. There are multiple exhibits and they are all worth a peep. Buy the tickets together with the Palazzo and tower. Word of warning if you want to see all you will need a couple of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

This is across the Piazza from the Siena Cathedral so you could do each in a day. Threre is lots to see in the huge complex. This was a hospital about 500 years ago.

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