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Museo Civico

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Address: Via Ricci 10 | Palazzo Neri Orselli, 53045, Montepulciano, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0578 717300
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The civic museum has been located in the Neri Orselli palace since 1957....

The civic museum has been located in the Neri Orselli palace since 1957. This palace, is one of the very rare examples in Montepulciano that recalls typical Sienese civil architecture from the 1300’s, but it is actually the result of centuries of heavy modifications and adaptations of several buildings fused together: today it has a brick façade of three floors along Via Ricci, a beautiful courtyard with small loggia and well; inside it is spread over 4 different levels. The museum is divided into four main sections: Archeological section, Montepulciano section, Della Robbia section, Art gallery.

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Interesting museum

This is a small civic museum not far from the main square which costs about 5 euros to visit. Most of the displays only have labels in Italian, but head to the first floor and the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 July 2016
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Great museum, very suprising in veraity of items for what we expected from a small town museum. Only thing missing - no english anywhere.

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Sheffield
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

This is a small civic museum not far from the main square which costs about 5 euros to visit. Most of the displays only have labels in Italian, but head to the first floor and the room containing the Caravaggio 'Portrait of a Gentleman'. The interactive computer display next to this not only explains the recent renovation of the painting... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

A small, under-visited museum just off the main square. The museum starts with Etruscan artifacts including a fantastic large Etruscan stone door and pottery and then includes paintings. There is a very good, interactive display that describes the restoration, conservation, potential subject, and reattribution of a Caravaggio. If you go, go through all of the interactive display on the Caravaggio,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

We stopped in because of its Etruscan collection and did see a number of nice and interesting artifacts. (Must visit Museo Ghuillia in Rome, near Borghessi gardens to visit the world class Etruscan museum). Otherwise it was interesting to view art with a local focus on Montepulciano. Signage is almost all in Italian, which makes it challenging. Worth a 1... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

This is a great little museum with its own rediscovered Caravaggio, and also beautifully set out Della Robbia terracottas and interesting Etruscan objects. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

This is a very interesting Museum. It is worth the visit. You will see amazing artifacts and artwork. It is quiet impressive for a small town.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

The star attraction here for me was the poster proclaiming they had an original painting by one of the grand masters. Despite extensive reading about this seventeenth century maestro, I had never seen this painting getting a mention before. Having seen it, I am sceptical but base this on nothing more than gut instinct, certainly no expertise. There are too... More 

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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015

Unfortunately, the old monastery was closed for repairs, but the art was breathtaking. The theme was regional history and had paintings that took you back to those times. We started our stay in Montepulciano there and it was the perfect way to start the mindset.

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2015 via mobile

like the title suggests, literally nothing is described in any other language than Italian. Whilst they had a few interesting pieces, none of them had any context for us, hence I would not suggest it was worth the €8 price of entry.

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

We used the museum as a way to get out of the rain and to kill a couple of hours. The museum was very small but had some interesting pieces of art. There was very little English therefore we could only look at the work while not learning much about it.

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