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Siena, The Biccherne Museum

A collection of tablets and documents, including the last will and testament of Giovanni Boccaccio

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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.

Opening hours
Monday – Saturday: groups allowed in at 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:30am

Entry fee


Disabled access


Contact information
via Banchi di Sotto 52
Telephone 0577 247145
E-mail assi@archivi.beniculturali.it

Where not a single stone has changed down the centuries
Siena shines perfectly from a distance in its medieval magnificence. The three hills amid which the city rests rise up like an idyllic film set, the old boundaries soften like the past into a countryside that sometimes still seem like the scene painted by Ambrosia Lorenzetti in the Allegory of Good Government in the halls of Siena's city hall. ...