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Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala: Tours & Tickets

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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 22:00
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Piazza del Duomo 1, 53100, Siena, Italy
+39 0577 534511
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We would rank this attraction the thing to do in Siena after the Duomo, the Campo, and the Palazzo Publico. It's a quite astonishing building, over multiple levels and with some amazing rooms, including an internal street and a subterranean church. You can wander around...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank AllanJGJ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The former hospital and hospice that occupied this site and which has now been transformed into a huge museum complex commenced operating before the 12th century. The Santa Maria della Scala organisation provided a large number of services to the people including taking in abandoned...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank westy54
Reviewed 2 September 2019

So much history. Beautiful floors. Fresco paintings were amazing. Love sienna. Lots of walking and very hilly. But a loverly day.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank sjgossett
Reviewed 17 July 2019

Closing time was soon upon us because we arrived late in the afternoon. But we wanted to take advantage of this "must see" recommendation from our hotel host. The stories behind the frescoes on the Pilgrim's Hall are heart wrenching, especially concerning the abandoned children...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank LutheranLadySanDiego
Reviewed 3 July 2019

Wow wow wow!!! We were blown away by this museum..absolutely amazing...lots to see and the tunnels etc on bottom floor were great to walk round...we were in here about 3 hours..will definitely go back

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Mel W
Reviewed 15 June 2019

We spent a lovely day at the Duomo and the museums and enjoyed our cappucinos and cakes at the small and narrow Café near the Ticket Office. Then we had to use the toilet. You have to go through a big hall to find it,...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 1 June 2019

If you are interested in history, architecture, archaeology or art, Santa Maria della Scala is the place you want to visit. It used to be one of the Europe's first hospitals taking care of abandoned children, the poor and the sick. And it used to...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Heli K
Reviewed 13 May 2019

Don't overlook this astonishing, varied museum centre - especially the archeology museum in the basement. Oh, and try the coffee ad cake in the cafe.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Loskr
Reviewed 22 February 2019

Beautiful and impressive, we enjoyed our visit very much, it is certainly worth going and pay the entrancefee

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank hulstgeocacher
Reviewed 17 January 2019

Relics from many saints, at least one apostle, blood from Christ and part of the True Cross. I wish there were some explanations in English, instead of guessing what the Italian version really meant. Exploring underground rooms and crevasses revealed bone piles from indigent patients...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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