Santa Maria della Scala Museum Complex
The cycle of frescoes in the Sala del Pellegrinaio is the starting point of the various museum itineraries

The Santa Maria della Scala Museum Complex is the third artistic center of the city, along with Palazzo Pubblico and the Cathedral, that now you can visit through the new cultural offer "In space and in time": four permanent 3d video installations with multilingual audio, integrated with the new video tutorials available free of charge.

Built over a thousand years ago, it was one of the first examples of hospitalization and hospital, born along Via Francigena, for the reception of pilgrims and travellers and to support abandoned children. It was a real hospital until the eighties of the twentieth century, and today it’s at the centre of a great cultural project: the restoration and recovery of the “Spedale Grande” (Great Hospital) and its transformation into a cultural centre.

Today it is possible to visit the precious and vast artistic heritage (the Pellegrinaio, the Cappella del Manto, the Sagrestia Vecchia, the Cappella della Madonna, the Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata, the oratories of Santa Caterina della Notte and Santa Maria sotto le Volte) and numerous museum itineraries: the Art Museum for Children, the Centre for Contemporary Art / Contemporary SMS; the Library e Photo library of Art by Giuliano Briganti, the Fonte Gaia by Jacopo della Quercia which used to be in Piazza del Campo, the relics and the gold of the Treasure of the Santa Maria della Scala, the Racconto della città (Tale of the city) about the origins of Siena until the Middle Ages.

The basements host the Archaeological Museum in a “labyrinth” of halls and tunnels carved in tuff. There is also a part intended to host temporary exhibitions and conferences.

With its two hundred thousand cubic metres, an uninterrupted history of more than a thousand years of hospitality and assistance, the Santa Maria della Scala enjoys a strategic position in the extraordinary urban layout, as it is located right in front of the Cathedral.
For its size, its history, its network of itineraries and museums, for its character of “city within a city”, the Santa Maria della Scala offers all the keys for understanding the history of the Sienese community, offering visitors a cultural experience that goes well beyond a classic visit to a museum.



Piazza del Duomo

I-53100 Siena (Italy)



+39 0577 534571
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Useful information

Fully accessible structure thanks to a lift leading to the floors, fully useable for the presence of stair lifts.

Opening hours

Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Saturday-Sunday: 10.00am - 7.00pm | Friday: 10.00am - 10.00pm

Entrance ticket Santa Maria della Scala:
Full price: € 9.00
Reduced (children from 11 to 19; over 65, university students not enrolled in Sienese universities; soldiers; affiliated categories; groups minimum 15 people): € 8.00
Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children more than 11 years): € 22.00
Free: residents of the City of Siena; university students enrolles in Sienese universities; Children under 11, Sienese public schools; accompanying teachers; groups guides - 1 for every 15 people - the disabled; journalists)

Cumulative ticket (valid for 2 days):
Museo Civico + Santa Maria della Scala: € 13.00
Torre del Mangia + Museo Civico + Santa Maria della Scala: € 20.00 - Family ticket (2 adults + children over 11 years): € 40.00

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