museums :: territory

A capillary network that brings together 45 museums in the Siena area. Collections, heritage, territory, beauty, tradition.

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SIENA – Collection of instruments of Physics

2

MURLO – Antiquarium of Poggio Civitate Archaeological Museum

3

POGGIBONSI – The Archaeodrome

4

SIENA – Prehistory and archaeological collections

5

MONTALCINO – Civic and Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art

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COLLE VAL D’ELSA – Archaeological museum “Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli” and Dometaia Archaeological Park

7

CASTELLINA IN CHIANTI – Archaeological Museum of the Sienese Chianti

8

SAN GIMIGNANO – Archaeological Museum, Spezieria di Santa Fina and “Raffaele De Grada” Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art

9

CHIUSI – “The Underground City” Civic Museum

10

CHIANCIANO TERME – Civic Archaeological Museum of the Waters

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ASCIANO – Civic Museum of Archaeology and Sacred Art – Palazzo Corboli

12

SARTEANO – Civic Archaeological Museum of Sarteano

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CETONA – Civic Museum of the Prehistory of Monte Cetona and Belverde Archaeological Natural Park

14

CASOLE D’ELSA – Civic Archaeological Museum of Casole d’Elsa

15

TREQUANDA – Pallavicini Archaeological Collection

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SIENA – Rector’s Palace and Historical Archives (Museum System of the University of Siena)

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SIENA – Astronomical Observatory

18

RADICONDOLI – The “Energies of the Territory” Museum

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SIENA – Anatomical Museum “Leonetto Comparini”

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SIENA – Botanical Museum

21

COLLE VAL D’ELSA – Crystal Museum

22

SAN GIOVANNI D’ASSO – Truffle Museum of San Giovanni d’Asso and documentation centre

23

SIENA – Museum of Earth Sciences

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SIENA – Natural History Museum – Academy of the Fisiocritici

25

SIENA – Museum of Medical Instruments

26

SIENA – National Museum of the Antarctic “Felice Ippolito”

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ABBADIA SAN SALVATORE – Mining Museum Park

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CASTELNUOVO BERARDENGA – Landscape Museum

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SERRE DI RAPOLANO – Museum of the Ancient Grancia and of Olive Oil

30

BUONCONVENTO – Museo della Mezzadria Senese (Sharecropping Museum)

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PETROIO – Museum of Terracotta

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ORGIA – The Ethnographic Museum of the Woods

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SIENA – Synagogue and Jewish Museum

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SIENA – Stanze della memoria (Rooms of Memory)

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MONTICCHIELLO – TePoTraTos (Scenes from Traditional Popular Tuscan Theatre)

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SAN GIMIGNANO – Church of San Lorenzo in Ponte

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ASCIANO – Cassioli Museum. Sienese painting from the 19th century

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MONTEPULCIANO – Civic Museum – Pinacoteca Crociani (Crociani Picture Gallery)

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BUONCONVENTO – Museum of Sacred Art of the Val d’Arbia

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COLLE VAL D’ELSA – San Pietro Museum

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SIENA – Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art and the Oratory of San Bernardino

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PIENZA – Palazzo Borgia – Diocesan Museum

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SAN GIMIGNANO – Civic Museums and Town Hall

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CASTIGLIONE D’ORCIA – Sala d’arte San Giovanni and Rocca di Tentennano

45

MONTICIANO – Museum of Biodiversity

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MONTERIGGIONI – The walkways along the walls and the “Monteriggioni in Arms” Museum

museums :: territory

A capillary network that brings together 45 museums in the Siena area. Collections, heritage, territory, beauty, tradition.

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.

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