Pinacoteca Nazionale
Pinacoteca Nazionale
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles316 reviews
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AnnArborMHT
Genoa, Italy1,642 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011
Pinacoteca Nazionale or National Picture Gallery
SHAME, shame, shame on the curator or director of this museum; or anyone who has anything to do with information and signage for the galleries. This is a wonderful collection of the most famous Sienese paintings and the most important art gallery representing the golden period of painting, yet there is NO information anywhere regarding the paintings except for the name of the painting and artist. It is incomprehensible that such an important collection which, I assume attempts to educated visitors has not one word of explanation. No books, brochures, audio guides, not even a summery of the important works which are housed in each room. (the audio guide mentioned by another reviewer is gone and the museum shop closed) Nothing! The superb collection will mean very little to most people and the opportunity to educate visitors is completely lost. I departed the museum very frustrated and then searched the city for a book about the collection. The best I could find is Art in Siena found in book stores and in the museum Spedale di Santa Maria della Scala, across from the Duomo. Unfortunately, the book is organized by centuries, making it difficult to access information, but I was able to locate information about 1/3 of the museum’s collection. The many guards throughout the museum were very pleased to locate paintings for me that I found in the book, but had difficulty finding in the museum. Overall the experience was unsatisfying and tremendously frustrating. I recommend either taking a good book, or taking a pass on this wonderful collection, unless you can appreciate the collection for its sheer beauty without the benefit of knowledge. I give the museum 4 stars and the curator/director none! Shame, shame, shame!
Written April 15, 2011
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Tyke
Birmingham, UK3,529 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
If you are at all interested in Sienese paintings this is a magnificent collection. On the other hand it is understaffed, underlit, lacking in information of any sort and generally sad. In many ways it is a throwback to how Italian museums were forty years ago. There is no guidebook available, no postcards and precious little to be found elsewhere in Siena. Why it is like this in a city that relies so heavily on tourists is a mystery, perhaps they don't need to bother. Difficult to know how to rate it on a site such as this. For the collection five stars, for the experience overall two stars would be generous.
Written September 20, 2013
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Escape5932
Siena, Italy1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Unfortunately the museum is not user friendly: if the rooms containing works are not closed for strikes, renovations, or missing personell, then you will be able to take a complete tour of the museum. You will need to brush up on your knowledge of Senese Art History though, because the audio guides are out-dated and don't function that well, there is NO catalog of the works of the museum, and there is not even a map to tell you what you are seeing. The works are beautiful, even if they are mostly minor ones - and the rumor is true that the paintings will probably be moved up the street to "Il Museo Santa Maria della Scala". Hopefully this will happen sooner rather than later, and when it does, the visit will probably be more fulfilling. In the meantime, if you visit the museum, bring lots of 1 and 2 piece Euros. They are always short on change. TIckets are 4 Euro, 2 Euro for students, and free for those under 18 and over 65. (They say this is just for EU citizens, but it depends who is working the ticket counter.)
Written November 5, 2003
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ANNAMARGARET B
Port Allegany, PA535 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
If you like Crhistian iconography and peace and quiet rather than crowds while soaking in it, this is the place for you. A little hard to find due to nondescript signage, but get close and ask as we did. We had the place for ourselves and could have spent another hour on another floor were we not already saturated.
Written April 2, 2015
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RoeschMadison_Wi
Madison, Wi24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
Icons and frescos starting from the 12th century and working their way to the 18th, it was quite a procession that we had in an empty gallery that seemed to invite contemplation. And there were little surprises like the depiction of Saint Joseph sitting apart from the Virgin and child with his head resting on his opened hand in a thinkers's position, knees apart, as though he is wondering what was his part in all the commotion-- a very human touch not often seen.
Written September 25, 2013
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snicklefritzytogo
San Francisco Bay Area19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Solo
Seeing all the rave reviews of the Pinacoteca, I have to say (as someone who extensively studied Italian Renaissance art history as a grad student) that this museum is really for aficionados. It's not the Uffizi. Yes, the collection of Sienese icons is priceless, but it's probably not for the casual tourist with limited time or who has no background in altarpiece painting traditions. Much better to see altarpieces "in situ" in Tuscany's many churches.
Written June 19, 2013
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pyegirl
Rome, Italy1,432 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
This museum was closed during our visit in mid April last year...a big disappointment. Hopefully it is open now.
Written January 4, 2020
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Valerie H
Fairfax, Virginia, United States41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This museum has fabulous icon artwork. It is very lovely and quiet with space to enjoy the various pieces, some centuries old. Well worth the trip.
Written December 10, 2019
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Irina I.
Chisinau, Moldova142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Solo
I was there around noon (12 o’clock). I was alone in most rooms, i guess there were maybe four or five visitors at all. Im a big fan of italian proto- Renaissance , so i was the happiest person visiting this place. Duccio, Sano di pietro, Sassetta, Giovanni di Paolo, etc.
highly recommend for all who is fond of pre renaissance!
The lightning in some rooms doesn’t permit you to take good quality pictures on phone.
Written September 14, 2019
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Ronald K
Berwyn, PA214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
Nice collection of medieval and early-Renaissance art. Duccio, Simone Martini, the Lorenzetti brothers, famous stuff, but the most famous stuff of these guys is found somewhere else either in Siena or even in Florence, the Lourvre, London and so on. Come here to see secondary stuff left behind, it's wonderful and rewarding.
Written January 12, 2018
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