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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

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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Totally atmospheric experience

Allow yourself at least three hours to truly enjoy this museum. It has a huge collection of varied items and the building itself is sensational.. there are amazing archeological... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Allow yourself at least three hours to truly enjoy this museum. It has a huge collection of varied items and the building itself is sensational.. there are amazing archeological pieces and some great paintings but most of all we loved descending down and down to the old road that passed through the hospital. There were two huge ornate painted carriages... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This must be one of the most underrated museums in Siena. Great collection of reliquaries, interesting archaeological stuff, frescoes etcetera. But that is all peanuts compared to the complex itself. Prepare for a wonderful journey through layer upon layer of this centuries old building with endless dwindling paths that lead you along its treasures, be it a reliquary of the... More 

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Westchester County, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Crazy to see and learn the history of this old hospital but not much to see inside. Random collection, not worth your time in my opinion. Could have went without it. Enjoyed the civic museo much more.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

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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camarillo, ca
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

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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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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