The Fondazione Musei Senesi is the museum network of the territory of Siena. Since 2003 it has been committed to promoting awareness and enhancing the value of the territory, consolidating the museum system set up by the Province in the 1990s.
Today, the Fondazione Musei Senesi coordinates and unites over forty museums, located in numerous “ordinary” villages dotting the Sienese countryside. Visiting them is a special experience, a discovery of so many extraordinary stories.
The “museo diffuso”
The Fondazione Musei Senesi is a non-profit institution involving about 30 Municipalities, over 40 museums and other public and private organizations. The Fondazione’s work is based on the concept of the “museo diffuso” – non-traditional museums that utilize a variety of spaces -, aiming to foster integration between collections and their original contexts, local communities, traditions and landscapes, research institutes, the business community, tourism and the creative industry in the territory. The museum system ideally brings together the different “souls” of Sienese territory under the umbrella of a shared identity: from the Elsa Valley to the Chianti, from the Crete chalk hills to the Merse Valley, from the Val d’Orcia and Monte Amiata to the Chiana Valley and, finally, the area’s principal city, Siena.
The FMS network unites museums dedicated to various aspects of the material and intangible heritage of the territory of Siena: valuable archeological finds, exceptionally beautiful masterpieces of art, curious scientific and naturalistic collections, and captivating historical and ethnographic collections.