Let's start with the Children's Museum of Art in Siena, located inside the museum complex of Santa Maria della Scala. The historic hospital for pilgrims along the Via Francigena offers an especially created path to bring little ones closer to the world of art.
Inside, there's a vast collection of works dedicated to childhood, ranging from Etruscan, Greek and Roman art, to contemporary art.
Next, let's head to the Natural History Museum at the Accademia dei Fisiocritici in Siena: a visit to the museum collections – of stones and stuffed animals – allows you to discover the natural history of the Siena territory, while the sight of the 15-metre whale skeleton in the courtyard ensures a visually impactful welcome!
Among the many things that could intrigue children are the preserved containers (ampulla) made of the original clay from which derives the colour “Sienna,” taken from a fossilised lake of the Amiata.
Also of great interest for young visitors is the Valenti Serini Collection devoted to mushrooms. The reproductions in coloured terracotta offer an extraordinary display which, through 3D visuals, teaches visitors to recognise the many varieties that can be found in the region’s woods, which at times, if careless, can present some ugly surprises.