Siena, Museo dell' Opera Metropolitana

Siena, The Museum of Cathedral Works

The collection includes Duccio's “Maestà” painted for the high altar of the Cathedral in the early 1300s


The museum is located in the renovated right nave of the ruins of the abandoned plan for the “New Cathedral” which was begun in 1339 but abandoned in 1355. Visitors are able to climb to the top of the abandoned facade of the expanded cathedral which offers a stunning panorama of the city.The museum was founded to conserve and display works of art from the Cathedral which were removed from their original location for a variety of reasons. The collection includes paintings, sculptures, liturgical furnishings and vestments, gold and silver works, and illuminated manuscripts which illustrate the artistic history of Siena and document the major moments in the cathedral's history and the city's devotion to the Madonna as “queen” of the city.

Besides Duccio di Buoninsegna's masterpiece there are a number of other important works including the “Madonna di Crevole” by the same artist, the prophets and sybils statues created by Giovanni Pisano for the Cathedral facade, the “Nativity of the Virgin” by Pietro Lorenzetti, and the “Madonna del Perdono” by Donatello, and other works by Jacopo della Quercia, Francesco di Valdambrino, Sano di Pietro, Sassetta, Matteo di Giovanni, Sodoma and Domenico Beccafumi.

Opening hours:

March 1-15: 9:30am-7:30pm

March 16-August 30: 9:30am-8pm

September 1-November 2: 9:30am-7:30pm

November 3-February 28: 10am-5pm



Reduced price ticket of €5.00 for groups of 15 people or more.

The museum is not accessible to wheelchair users.

Piazza del Duomo 8

Ph: +39 0577 283048



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. ...