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Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

Piazza del Duomo 1, 53100, Siena, Italy
+39 0577 534511
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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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Piazza del Duomo 1, 53100, Siena, Italy
+39 0577 534511
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Opposite the Cathedral you will find Santa Maria della Scala, a former hospital, now a museum. The hospital only closed its doors in 1995, the building is immense and well decorated with generous artistic donations from the leading local families, you need time to visit,...More

Thank Terry C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We left this attraction until later in the day to visit and with rather limited time due to our time slot booked for climbing the tower in the square. There is so much to see and learn on the multiple floors that you should probably...More

Thank GrumpsDC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wasn't sure what to expect when we bought our tickets to tour this historic former hospital but it ended up being my favorite tour in Siena. I think we were here almost 3 hours and I'm sure I took hundreds of pictures. This is...More

1  Thank Pam C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This enormous complex, once a hospital, now houses several museums. The building is interesting in itself, with inner streets and courtyards and beautiful frescoes on some of the walls. There was an interesting exhibition of damaged art rescued after the earthquake in Norcia last year....More

1  Thank Juliadrusilla
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We nearly skipped this as didn't fancy seeing yet another museum but as we bought the all inclusive ticket we thought we'd have a quick look. Well, our quick look turned into a couple of hours. This building is absolutely fascinating. It's basically the old...More

1  Thank David M
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Huge and to explore the expanse of this building will take a couple of hours to do it justice. From the artwork and excellent explanatory material provided (Italian/English) to the archelogical depths of the building which even includes evidence of the mass graves they needed...More

1  Thank Barry T
Reviewed 12 June 2017

The building itself has so much history. The frescos are enough to take your breath away. That the collection is so extensive puts it on par with the building itself in its magnificence.

Thank guitarist2016
Reviewed 15 May 2017

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.

Thank ana_sunflower
Reviewed 9 May 2017

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...More

1  Thank james12017
Reviewed 8 May 2017

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...More

Thank 824victorw
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