This building was once used as a hospital, dating back to the 13th century. It was originally built as a clinic for pilgrims. Located opposite the duomo, its most noteworthy feature is the Pellegrinaio or the Pilgrim's Hall, that is host to fascinating 15th-century frescoes by artistes like Lorenzo Vecchietta, Priamo della Quercia and Domenico di Bartolo depicting praises for the good works of the hospital and its patrons.
The building is now a cultural center and houses three very interesting museums – the Archaeological Museum, Art Museum for Children and Center of Contemporary Art (SMS Contemporanea) alongside a number of historic halls, chapels and exhibition spaces.
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- Free to minors under 11 and disabled persons.
- Nearest Bus Stop: P.Zza Postierla Verso, Due Porte (V. Scuola Saffi)
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33.31% of people who visit Siena include Complesso Museale Santa Maria Della Scala in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
50.89% of people start their Complesso Museale Santa Maria Della Scala visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Complesso Museale Santa Maria Della Scala
77.27% of people prefer walking in order to reach Complesso Museale Santa Maria Della Scala
People normally club together Museo Dell'opera Metropolitana and Battistero Di San Giovanni Or Baptistry Of San Giovanni while planning their visit to Complesso Museale Santa Maria Della Scala.
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 the nicest things are a little out of the way. Wheelchair and kid friendly.
We decided to get the full OPA Pass + to see the historic sites in Siena. Santa Maria Della Scala was far and away the most interesting. It hides layers of rooms filled with information and art that descend three floors down now the city. We spent almost an hour and a half listening to the audio guide (included with the price) describe the history of the hospital.
Love the contrasting layers of the stone construction. There's a minor fees to enter. Now a museum, it was once an important civic hospital dedicated to caring for abandoned children, the poor, the sick, and pilgrims.
Definitely underrated compacted to the cathedral and town hall. The temporary exhibition was definitely worth the visit.
In front of the Cathedral of Siena, this structure houses three museums. It is a beautiful structure that acted as a hospital and provided shelter to pilgrims traveling through Siena. Definitely recommended.