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Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

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Address: Piazza del Duomo 1, 53100, Siena, Italy
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Fri 10:00 - 22:00
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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The is un underground museum of archeology that is amazing, not only for the pieces displayed but also for the architecture of the place. It it worth the visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The is un underground museum of archeology that is amazing, not only for the pieces displayed but also for the architecture of the place. It it worth the visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only came here because it was included in our ticket for the Grand Tower. It was originally a medieval hospital as an amazing series of frescoes depicts with explanations in English. There is also a very good archaeological museum on the lower floors. The star attraction is the building itself. It is built over five levels: stairs, rooms, corridors and... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The main attraction of this museum is the fresco that adorn the walls of this previous hospital space. The fresco is of course beautiful. But a hidden treasure is the city Walking tour offered by the (city?) Tourist Information office. It is usually a small group that cover the duomo, duomo museum, the crypt, and the major attractions in the... More 

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Reviewed 23 February 2017

Sensational museum and church, which also served as a hospital...beautiful exhibitions of sculpture, paintings and relics of an era long ago, but shouldn't be forgotten. Perfect on a rainy or cold day. Nice coffee and souvenir shop.

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Siena, Italy
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Dont miss this. Need 1/2 day to see everything. Has printed information beside each attraction which is very helpful. No audio guide available.

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Constanta, Romania
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Reviewed 1 December 2016

It is a good place to visit if you want to understand the historical past of Siena. The museum is located in a former hospital, a place where orphans were raised and educated. The Hall of the Pilgrims beautifully summarizes the functions of the hospital with its frescoes. Be brave and go downstairs, to visit the Treasure Museum (Museo del... More 

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Reviewed 26 November 2016

The building is made of many, unexpected levels, following the side of the hill upon which it is built, and only when you see the wooden model you realize that the hospital was actually a small town by itself. Inside you could find paintings, archeological findings, a brief history of the city and much more. Allow for half a day... More 

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Reviewed 23 October 2016

This museum is huge. After seein some art in the first floor, including a lot of frescos depicting different hospital scenes. We traveled downstairs, and there were a lot of rooms used over the years for different religious functions. Continuing down another level were another set of rooms an passages that have been preserved. There were a lot of religious... More 

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Reviewed 14 October 2016

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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Reviewed 28 September 2016 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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