Our museums

  • A capillary network that brings together 45 museums in the Siena area.

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Collezione degli Strumenti di Fisica

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Antiquarium di Poggio Civitate Museo Archeologico

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Archeodromo e Parco Archeologico di Poggio Imperiale

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Collezioni di preistoria, archeologia classica, archeologia medievale

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Musei di Montalcino, Raccolta Archeologica, Medievale, Moderna

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Museo Archeologico “Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli”

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Museo Archeologico del Chianti senese

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Museo Archeologico, Spezieria di Santa Fina, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea “Raffaele De Grada”

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Museo Civico “La città sotterranea”

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Museo Civico Archeologico Chianciano Terme

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Museo Civico Archeologico e d’Arte Sacra Palazzo Corboli

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Museo Civico Archeologico Sarteano

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Museo Civico per la Preistoria del Monte Cetona, Parco Archeologico Naturalistico e Archeodromo di Belverde

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Museo Civico, Archeologico e della Collegiata

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Raccolta archeologica Collezione Pallavicini

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Archivio e percorso storico di Ateneo (Simus)

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Osservatorio Astronomico

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Museo “Le Energie del Territorio”

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Museo anatomico “Leonetto Comparini”

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Museo Botanico

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Museo del Cristallo

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Museo del Tartufo e Centro di Documentazione

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Museo di Scienze della Terra

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Museo di Storia Naturale Accademia dei Fisiocritici

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Museo di Strumentaria Medica

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Museo Nazionale dell’Antartide “Felice Ippolito”

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Parco Museo Minerario

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Museo del Paesaggio

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Museo dell’Antica Grancia e dell’Olio

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Museo della Mezzadria senese

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Museo della Terracotta

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Museo Etnografico del Bosco

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Sinagoga e Museo Ebraico

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Stanze della memoria

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TePoTraTos Scene del Teatro Popolare Tradizionale Toscano

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Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Ponte

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Museo Cassioli. Pittura senese dell’Ottocento

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Museo Civico Pinacoteca Crociani

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Museo d’Arte Sacra della Val d’Arbia

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Museo San Pietro

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Oratorio di San Bernardino e Museo Diocesano d’Arte Sacra

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Palazzo Borgia – Museo Diocesano

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Palazzo Comunale, Pinacoteca, Torre Grossa

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Sala d’Arte San Giovanni e Rocca di Tentennano

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Museo della biodiversità

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MONTERIGGIONI – Camminamenti sulla cinta muraria e Museo “Monteriggioni in Arme”

Our little museums – civic, diocesan, university or parts of other institutions – dot the charming villages around Siena, hosting artworks, objects and documents from churches, palazzos, private collections and archeological digs from their nearby vicinities. This is the essence of the “museo diffuso” – the non-traditional museum in direct contact with the places where its collections have their origins, continuously rediscovering the local landscape and identity.

Art

A city of transit and cultural exchange along the Via Francigena, Siena has been a workshop for painters, sculptors and architects of the highest order, to whom the city and its territory owe their current appearance. From the extraordinary gold backgrounds of 13th– and 14th-century painters like Duccio di Buoninsegna, the Lorenzetti brothers and Simone Martini, to Mannerists like Domenico Beccafumi and Il Sodoma, from 19th-century purism to the beguiling sculptures of Marco Romano, Jacopo della Quercia and Francesco di Valdambrino, our museums – often located in magnificently frescoed historic palazzos – conserve masterpieces commissioned for church altars or opulent dwellings, and they document period tastes and the mingling of styles and cultures.

Archeology

From prehistory to the Middle Ages, the traces of ancient civilization are still clearly perceptible in the landscape and toponymy of the area around Siena. Over the centuries, important excavations have led to the “museumization” of unique archeological sites and the myriad of treasures that have sprung from them: the fascinating history of the Etruscans runs from the Chianti to the Val d’Elsa and from the Val di Chiana to the Crete chalk hills and the princely residence at Murlo – a rare example of a living city with archeological finds linked to the cult of water (and wine!) and of the dead (canopic urns and painted tombs). There are also two archeodromes where visitors can take a journey back in time through experimental archeology.

Science

There are also numerous science and technology museums that contain prestigious collections and surprising curiosities: from an evocative natural history museum associated with one of the city’s oldest academies; to the collections of the University Museum System, which retrace the history of scientific research in Siena from its dawn to the present day, dealing with everything from botany to geology, from physics to anatomy; to museums that explore the relationship between man, nature and the landscape from an eco-sustainable perspective tied to forms of renewable energy.

Traditions

Villages around Siena represent history and tradition and continue to maintain prestigious artisanal practices and eno-gastronomic customs that have made the area world-famous. Many museums use artworks, photographs, instruments, multi-media displays and emotional/experiential virtual journeys to illustrate local people’s habits and customs and the unique continuity between past and present through stories linked to farm life, mining, folk theater, and local people’s relationship with the woods, the landscape and the city. Others maintain the memory of the horrors of war and racial persecution and the struggle for freedom, stimulating the development of critical historical awareness.