Museum Tour of Siena, Siena

Siena is famous for its museums, which preserve a great number of cultural masterpieces. The museums of Siena showcase paintings, sculptures and frescoes that date back to ancient times. You can also get aсquainted with other objects related to the cultural and historical development of the city. If you want to feel the spirit of Siena, visit the notable museums included on this tour.
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Museum Tour of Siena Map

Guide Name: Museum Tour of Siena
Guide Location: Italy » Siena (See other walking tours in Siena)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Author: irenebo
Museo di Storia Naturale

1) Museo di Storia Naturale

The Museo di Storia Naturale, or the natural history museum, contains geological and paleontological exhibits from around Tuscany. Some of the objects date back to the Jurassic age.

The Museo di Storia Naturale was founded by the Siena Academy of Sciences in 1691. It was first located in the library of the Hospital Santa Maria Della Scala by the eminent Professor of Medicine and Botany of the university of Siena, Pirro Maria Gabbrielli. It was moved to a former Camaldolensian Monastery after...   view more
Pinacoteca Nazionale

2) Pinacoteca Nazionale (must see)

The Pinacoteca Nazionale is a national museum inaugurated in 1932, housing especially late medieval and Renaissance paintings from Italian artists. The gallery has one of the largest collections of Sienese paintings with gold backgrounds from the 14th and 15th centuries. Valuable works by international painters donated by art collectors are also displayed.

Two palaces, the Brigidi and Buonsignori house the Pinacoteca Nazionale Art Gallery in Siena. The Brigidi palace is a 14th century...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Santa Maria della Scala Complesso Museale

3) Santa Maria della Scala Complesso Museale (must see)

The Santa Maria della Scala Complesso Museale occupies a building that is one of Europe’s oldest and largest hospitals, the Ospedale di Santa Maria della Scala. It became a museum in the 1990s. The canons of the cathedral established the hospital that now houses the Santa Maria della Scala Complesso Museale. The poor, orphans and pilgrims were offered medical assistance here from 898 to the 1990s. According to local legend, it was founded by a shoemaker on the land donated by him and later...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

4) Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (must see)

The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo houses the art treasures of the Cathedral of Siena. It is one of the oldest private museums in Italy.

In the year 1339, Siena was one of the wealthiest cities in Italy. At the time there were plans to extend the cathedral structure to make it one of the biggest in the world. Construction had started when the plague epidemic that swept across Europe killed almost two thirds of the population of Siena in 1348. As a result, the new nave remained unfinished....   view more
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Museo Civico

5) Museo Civico (must see)

Religious and secular art are displayed in the Museo Civico located inside the Palazzo Publico or Town Hall of the city. It houses works of Sienese and other Italian artists, as well as some European masters.

The Museo Civico was established in 1930. Works by Italian and international artists are exhibited in the first few rooms. Frescoes by Sienese masters adorn the walls of the inner rooms. The open air loggia of the building has faded painted panels by Jacopo della Quercia that once formed...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Archivio di Stato di Siena

6) Archivio di Stato di Siena

The archives of the Biccherna, the medieval name for the municipal tax office, are preserved in this large building that was once the Palazzo Piccolomini. It contains many valuable historical documents relating to the City of Siena. The Palazzo, that now houses the city archives, was once the residence of the Piccolomini Family. It was built between 1469 and 1510 by Giacomo and Andrea Piccolomini Todeschini, the nephews of Pope Pius II. The design was done by architect Rossellino. In the 17th...   view more
Museo Diocesano d'Arte Sacra

7) Museo Diocesano d'Arte Sacra

The rich history and religious traditions of Siena are showcased in this museum. Exhibits at the Museo Diocesano d'Arte Sacra include religious artwork and artifacts.

The Museo Diocesano d'Arte Sacra or New Diocesian Museum of Sacred Art is located within the historic Church of San Francesco. It is housed in the Oratorio di San Bernardino. The oratorio was built in the 1400s on the site where Saint Bernardino preached Christianity to the people. It was restored and converted into a...   view more

Walking Tours in Siena, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Siena

Create Your Own Walk in Siena

Creating your own self-guided walk in Siena is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Places of Worship Tour of Siena

Places of Worship Tour of Siena

Churches in Siena have both historical and cultural value, as almost every one of them is decorated with Renaissance art. Some of the masterpieces date back to the 13th century. A walking tour of Siena's places of worship is the best way to learn about the cultural and spiritual center of the city. Take this tour to visit some of Siena's most famous churches.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Historic Buildings Tour of Siena

Historic Buildings Tour of Siena

Siena is the city of ancient architecture. You can observe architectural styles from different periods of history in Siena's imperious castles, palaces and other historic buildings. Be sure to visit Siena's most important historic structures that are found on this tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Sightseeing Tour of Siena

Sightseeing Tour of Siena

Siena is a beautiful medieval city situated in the center of the Toscana region. As a city with a rich history, it has a lot of cultural and historical attractions to offer visitors. The following tour will lead you to the most famous sights of Siena.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Nightlife Tour of Siena

Nightlife Tour of Siena

Although Siena is a medieval city and seems quiet on the surface, it has a lively, vibrant night scene. From lounge bars with low-key music to clubs with packed dance floors, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Take this tour to get a taste of Siena's nightlife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The historic city of Siena in Italy's Tuscany, founded by ancient Etruscans, is laden with monuments. Among them are numerous medieval sculptures, some dating back as far as the 13th century, an unfinished Gothic cathedral by Niccolo Pisano and Donatello, and others. To find out more about the riches of Siena, follow this orientation walk and explore the city's top attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km