Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala, Siena: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala Reviews: 4.5/5

Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Art Museums
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Renee S
Milan, Italy10 contributions
Recommended !
Jul 2021 • Friends
Highly recommend this museum if you’re in Siena. Only thing I have to say about the museum is about the bathrooms.. embarrassingly in bad conditions, broken and dirty.
Written August 23, 2021
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r0landbrunner
Zurich, Switzerland1,647 contributions
badly organized, but nice visit
Jun 2021
the whole complex of Santa Maria della Scala is impressive, from the outside as from the inside. and it has a lot of interesting objects, paintings etc. but it is quite confusing and badly organized. the ticket is valid for 3 days, but allows only one entry, so you have to look it all in once, when you enter. ticket sale starts only at 10 AM and the entry is even only as from 10:30AM. then there are parts that are listed and mapped, but closed to the visit, and you will not find out what is closed until you paid the full price and are inside. walking inside following the marked path, you never really know where you are exactly within the building. and the lights are at many places installed the way to blend you into your eyes insted of lightening the objects to look. all together a very interesting place, but badly managed.
Written June 22, 2021
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain8,350 contributions
Very interesting old hospital and museum
Aug 2019 • Solo
Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala is a museum located in Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square), just in front of Duomo, in Siena, a wonderful medieval town in Tuscany Region, in the center of Italy. This building was an old hospital and you can see the history of this and some of the rooms used before now. Also, in the museum there is also a Contemporary Art exposition, where you can see some interesting artworks. A turistic visit outside the typical places in Siena: Duomo, Piazza del Campo, Torre Manglia and some others.
(See also Centro Storico di Siena)
Written May 17, 2020
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,509 contributions
Amazing!
Oct 2019
Santa Maria Della Scala was amazing! I was surprised by how much there is to see. I wished I had more time here. Also, surprisingly, there were very few tourists. I was the only person in some rooms. There are many rooms and floors and I suspect it is easy to miss things. There is an amazing church inside plus some rooms with stunning ceilings and a beautiful chapel. On the bottom level is an archeologist museum which seems to go on forever. In one area you walk from one section to the next through a cave like opening. There are also a number of videos that provide additional information. With the large number of rooms and floors I likely missed somethings but what I saw was impressive.
Written December 14, 2019
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Kirsti C
10 contributions
Impressive!
Sep 2019
This museum is worth touring if only to grasp a bit of the historical significance of the site. You'll wander deep into the low levels of this complex, finding pieces of art, sculptures, frescos, and historical facts. It will take you back in time and give you a sense of how things were in past.
Written December 1, 2019
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Keith70
Worksop, UK654 contributions
Beautiful Inside
Sep 2019
We were on a walking tour and waiting opposite the Cathedral. We had not planned to visit this complex, we only popped our head round the large doors to see what was inside, it was beautiful. .What a shame we did not have the time to return to the museum.
Written November 13, 2019
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand3,303 contributions
Amazing complex with varied offerings
Oct 2019
We would rank this attraction the thing to do in Siena after the Duomo, the Campo, and the Palazzo Publico. It's a quite astonishing building, over multiple levels and with some amazing rooms, including an internal street and a subterranean church. You can wander around it for hours. And it has a varied selection of art back to Roman times (there's a small archaeological museum). But the thing that will probably linger in the memory the longest is the amazing renaissance frescoes in the Sala del Pellegrino depicting example incidents from when this part of the complex was a hospital. Not just colourful and beautiful but intriguing; doctoring a patient's leg and taking a urine sample for example. You should give yourself around two hours to have a decent bash at everything this attraction has to offer.
Written October 8, 2019
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westy54
Sydney, Australia6,776 contributions
Former hospital that is now a huge museum complex spread over several levels with a labyrinth of tunnels and corridors.
Jul 2019
The former hospital and hospice that occupied this site and which has now been transformed into a huge museum complex commenced operating before the 12th century. The Santa Maria della Scala organisation provided a large number of services to the people including taking in abandoned babies and children, serving meals to the poor, treating the sick and caring for pilgrims who often received free food and lodgings. The Via Francigena, the main pilgramage road to Rome, passed through Siena and near the hospital which is located directly opposite the Duomo.

The hospital complex was greatly expanded over the course of the many centuries following its establishment and it became part of the University during the 18th century. The hospital though ceased operating in the second half of the 20th century and, following a period of substantial renovation and refurbishment, the hospital opened as a museum in 1995. Those renovations and refurbishments are still ongoing.

The complex encompasses three levels, has its own internal covered roadway, its own 13th century church, the magnificently frescoed and ornately decorated marble and gold plated Chiesa di Santissima Annunziata, a separate Archaeological museum with a vast array of Etruscan and Roman urns, pottery, statues etc, a museum dedicated to children (not a must see), cavernous beautifully frescoed Pilgrim halls that used to be used to house the pilgrims and the sick plus much more.

Down another flight of stairs and there are several large rooms, including the former granary, that house the original marble statues from the Fonte Gaia by Jacopo della Quercia as well as a treasury that holds precious relics and reliquary. There is also the Oratorio di Santa Caterina della Notte where it is said that Saint Catherine of Siena, who worked in the hospital, passed her nights in prayer.

There are beautiful frescoes and paintings in many of the halls and chambers.

There was also a visiting temporary art exhibition during our visit that had some lovely paintings.

There are a lot of steps but we did notice one lift so I would say that it may be wheelchair friendly.

Cost of entry was EUR 9-00 per adult but there are a number of combination tickets for entry to here plus the Duomo or for entry to here plus the Torre del Mangia and the Museo Civico which is the combination that we purchased for EUR 20-00 per person.

This complex has something new and interesting at the end of each corridor and tunnel and whilst it is a bit of a labyrinth, it is not that difficult to navigate although I would allow a good two hours to see most of it.

Well worth the time.
Written September 19, 2019
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sjgossett
19 contributions
Beautiful insider
Jul 2019
So much history. Beautiful floors. Fresco paintings were amazing. Love sienna. Lots of walking and very hilly. But a loverly day.
Written September 2, 2019
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LutheranLadySanDiego
San Diego1,316 contributions
Just Enough Time
Apr 2019 • Couples
Closing time was soon upon us because we arrived late in the afternoon. But we wanted to take advantage of this "must see" recommendation from our hotel host. The stories behind the frescoes on the Pilgrim's Hall are heart wrenching, especially concerning the abandoned children and destitute mothers. Would have enjoyed more time, but so glad we had a a chance to experience part of this beautiful complex.
Written July 17, 2019
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Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala is open:
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Sat - Thu 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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