The Biccherne Museum (Museo delle Biccherne) in Siena is housed in the city’s State Archive Centre inside the Renaissance period Palazzo Piccolomini (1469-1510). The construction of Palazzo Piccolomini is attributed to Rossellino and the building is decorated with carvings carried out by Marrina.There was already an art gallery here in the second half of the nineteenth century, although it had been closed for some time before being re-opened in 2004 after renovation work to the building.
The museum includes the complete collection of Biccherna tablets which are still in Siena, including the covers of the Biccherna administrative registers. The Biccherna were the financial magistrates in the Sienese territory.From 1257 and on, the covers of these registers were made like real works of art, painted by the most important Sienese artists. Other magistrates’ offices in the Sienese territory and other groups imitated this style of tablets right up until the middle of the eighteenth century.The second part of the museum is an exhibition of important documents that date from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, such as some wonderful illuminated codices.
Monday – Saturday: groups allowed in at 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:30am
via Banchi di Sotto 52
Telephone 0577 247145