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Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 17 October 2014 via mobile

Don't be fooled by the entrance, there is an exceptional collection of underground tunnels, chapels, mind blowing pile of human bones, incredible artwork and intelligently presenting the history of the town. There is also an extensive archeology museum. And more. I walked away with a...More

5  Thank Redzircon
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

This place is under renovation. There was very little to see. We feel like we wasted money. Many people were entering the exhibit from an attached church and leaving. Admission to the museum should be free until renovations are complete

3  Thank ann k
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All reviews medieval hospital archaeological museum religious relics multiple floors hospital ward enormous complex different levels couple of hours great collection wonderful frescoes medieval times two hours take pictures well worth the visit take your time works of art pilgrims
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the acropolis section of the "oespedale" to see the old, damaged frescoes and Etruscan tomb stuff. Both of these were memorable to us from our visit there in 2012. The museum in this area is interesting, because you literally go back in...More

1  Thank michaelmartman
Reviewed 13 October 2018

Spent a good two hours here and could have stayed longer. The chapel is a good but the underground areas with the excavations and tunnels is something to see and explore.

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Reviewed 2 October 2018

The complex of Santa Maria della Scala, opposite the Duomo, served as a hospital for more than eight hundred years. It was, actually, one of the first examples of the “social abode”, the hospital not only for sick, but a caring facility for children, pilgrims...More

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Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

We loved this museum..it was an old hospital and is very surprisingly decorated. It's much larger and much more interesting than expected and is definitely worth a visit. The price of admission includes an audio tour (which you can pick up in the garderobe/cloakroom area)....More

1  Thank DvTh
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Visit this complex to see the wonderful frescoes that are situated in the Pellgrinaio. The building was established to provide shelter for pilgrims on the way to Rome. It is situated opposite the Duomo. The Ospedale also provided care for the sick and elderly, took...More

1  Thank Lesley S
Reviewed 4 July 2018

We were expecting a hospital museum but it is far more than that! There were your traditional works of art, relics of saints, crypts but very pleasingly there were a range of exhibits by very modern artists as well. It is a lot larger than...More

3  Thank TAR100
Reviewed 27 June 2018

Whatever you do do not miss this wonderful place with a feast of fresco's and a history that is so very rich.

1  Thank JohnD_10
Reviewed 8 June 2018

This is a truly beautiful contructed cathederal. Especially the outside with the carved pink marble. Very unique.

Thank Miotoni
Reviewed 15 May 2018

It is a beautiful structure that acted as a hospital and provided shelter to pilgrims traveling through Siena. Definitely recommended.

1  Thank hlew123
Reviewed 11 May 2018

We just loved it here and with all the lovely things to see it was certainly worth our while. So much to see in Siena but put this one on your list. Wonderful. Take your time to explore every nook and cranny as some of...More

1  Thank UrbanDrifter
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