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Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

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Address: Piazza 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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Combination of museum and local arts center

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Bergen County, New Jersey
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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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Milan, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

This museum is opposite Siena Cathedral within Piazza del Duomo. Costing about 9 euros a head and its enormous and on many different levels, it just seamed to go on and on. You should allow a minimum of 2 hours for this museum, if not 3 hours. There is so much history and interest within this place it really was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

I must say that this was one of the most memorable experiences I have had in a while. It is very easy to become lost in the history of this building. We spent a couple of hours here on Republic Day, and will return again to continue discovering the past. We were also fortunate to attend the operatic review by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Yeah, we visited the Duomo with it's glitz and it was wonderful and crowed. This place, Santa Maria della Scala, is nearly forgotten and / or not known. Just opposite of the Cathedral, across the piazza, the building is plain outside but inside...WOW. Cost per adult was €9. We spent three hours and my girl friend and I could have... More 

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