Santa Maria della Scala Museum Complex

Santa Maria della Scala Museum Complex

Get your ticket to over a thousand years of history - a cultural experience that goes beyond a classical museum visit!

The story of over one thousand years of life in Siena!

Discover the culture and history of Siena through time with one easy ticket – visit the precious collections, architectural jewels, and impressive exhibits of the Santa Maria della Scala Museum Complex.

With its thousand-year history of hospitality and healthcare, the Santa Maria Maria della Scala has a strategic position in Siena. Erected in front of the Cathedral, and with more than 20,000 square meters over four levels the Santa Maria della Scala Museum Complex offers a cultural experience that goes beyond a classical museum visit.

Experience the artistic heritage of Siena by visiting the Pilgrims' Hall, the Chapel of the Mantle, the Old Sacristy, the Chapel of Our Lady, the Church of the Santissima Annunziata, the Archaeological Museum housed in the striking underground galleries, the Art Museum for Children, the Center of Contemporary Art, and the Giuliano Briganti Library and Photo Library of Art.

Santa Maria della Scala Museum Complex

Piazza dell Duomo, 1

53100 Siena

Opening Hours:

  • March 15 to October 15 and December 23 to January 6:
    • from Saturday to Wednesday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
    • Fridays from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • October 16 to March 14:
    • Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Fridays from 10:00 am to to 8:00 pm
    • Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
    • Closed on Tuesdays

Closed on December 25.

Last admission one hour before closing time.

Reservations must be made with a minimum of 1-day notice.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: The time you select on the order form is your preferred time. The museum or attraction will automatically confirm the closest available time, which can be any time during opening hours on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.

Cancellation Policy:

Refund is possible upon presentation of unused tickets to the cashier in the following cases:

  1. Closing of museums due to the Local Council and/or force majeure.

  2. If you reduce the number of prepaid tickets for your group by up to a maximum of 5 (five) persons.

Founded in the 9th century, Santa Maria della Scala was one of the oldest hospitals in Europe until health services were suspended a few years ago. Since then, it has been subject to a major cultural recovery operation in order to become a museum.

Situated in the heart of Siena in front of the Cathedral, the large complex keeps examples of a thousand years of history still remarkably intact. From the Etruscan and Roman times to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance – you will see the history of Siena and Tuscany reflected in remarkable ways.

With its monumental rooms, narrow corridors, brightly colored frescoes, dark crypts, labyrinthine tunnels carved in volcanic rock, and vast spaces with vaulted brick ceilings the museum complex conjures vivid images - of Etruscan civilization, weary pilgrims, travelers and sick people, noble lords, Byzantine emperors, abandoned children and praying monks.

The greatest artists have left precious and rare examples of their genius, and the large building (350,000,000 cubic meters) is a splendid synthesis of the city and its history. It is a vessel of architecture, works of art, and history - telling of a life that has unfolded without interruption for well over a thousand years.

Museum's currently accessible 12,000 square meters are organized in four levels.

The level of the Piazza Duomo (level 4) leads to the monumental area with the church of Santissima Annunziata, the Old Sacristy, Palazzo Squarcialupi, the Chapel of Our Lady and the Chapel of the Mantle.

From here you enter the Pellegrinaio with the famous fifteenth-century fresco cycle. As you pass through a bright hall named Passeggio you will notice side rooms that were formerly used as hospital wards and serve now as exhibition spaces and museum areas. 

From the lower level (level 3) you enter the Corticella, a courtyard where many of the building's paths intersect. This area gives access to the Fienile (medieval hay-loft) with the Fonte Gaia fountain by Jacopo della Quercia. Two secular confraternities have their seats here: the Brotherhood of Saint Catherine of the Night and the Company of Saint Mary under the Vaults.

The Corticella, or little courtyard, gives access to the "tunnels" under Santa Maria della Scala (level 1) where the archaeological museum is currently housed.

Full Price Ticket

Reduced Price Ticket #1: youth ages 12 to 19, seniors over 65, students and military

Reduced Price Ticket #2: groups with more that 10 participants and school groups

Free Admission: children under 11 years of age, Siena residents, accredited journalists, one tour leader per each 10 participants, one companion per visitor with disability

WARNING: Admission to booked site or service will be denied without presenting the voucher or the ticket. Presenting a copy of the order form does by not give you the right to be admitted. No exceptions can be made to this rule.
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