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National Museum of San Matteo

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Address: Piazza San Matteo in Soarta | Lungarno Mediceo, 56100, Pisa, Italy
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+39 050 541865
08:30 - 19:00
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Sun 08:30 - 13:30
Tue - Sat 08:30 - 19:00

National Museum of San Matteo, which is housed in the Benedictine...

National Museum of San Matteo, which is housed in the Benedictine Monastery, features a group of paintings from the 12th- to 18th- centuries, and a rich collection of sculpture from the Pisano School.

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Hidden Gems.

This unassuming museum is well worth a visit. I loved the Benedictine cloisters. The religious Art work rivalled or was better than Florence's.

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This unassuming museum is well worth a visit. I loved the Benedictine cloisters. The religious Art work rivalled or was better than Florence's.

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Zabbar, Malta
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely sculptures in wood and paintings for all to appreciate. I was impressed even though I'm no expert.

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Ventura, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This museum recommended by concierge at my hotel. It's amazing to be nose to nose with statues and paintings centuries old. The informative brochure provides a guide for 'The Museum in one Hour' which maps a tour through the centuries. I had to look at everything, so I spent quite a bit longer. The museum was a Dominican convent (I... More 

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Arthog, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

This turned out to be an unexpected treasure and well worth the entrance fee (5 Euros per person). We were very lucky in that apart from the final gallery we seemed to be the only visitors and could get really close to the exhibits. Everything is impressive - from the sculptures in the Presbytery and garden, to the alterpieces on... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We were alerted to this museum by the TV programme 'Italy Unpacked' and were not disappointed. The €5 entrance fee is a bargain for the privilege of what was effectively a private viewing, given that we saw no other visitors while we were there. The highlight for us was the collection of wooden crucifixes, but there was plenty more to... More 

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Stunning museum even has a little 3d map of the area, and plenty to keep you interested well worth a visit

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

The start was off-putting. There was a courtyard lined with capitals and other unlabelled bits of carved marble. A large room (former church?) of labelled sculptures followed. We kept going ....up stairs. Wow! Numerous 12th century guilded crucifixes, then altar pieces. Best of all were coloured wooden sculptures of ladies. One seen in the distance looked as if she was... More 

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Lamia, Greece
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Reviewed 30 November 2016

if you go to Pisa you must visit it. 10-15 minutes away from the train station. Walking by the river [ until you reach it ] is also magical...

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Suffolk England
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

An ancient but sad and neglected building which I assume may have been devastated in the middle of the last century. But the contents are exquisite and lovingly displayed. Spectacular even to someone as inexpert as myself. As others have noted there are few visitors and the ticket office struggled to change my €10 note. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit... More 

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Bristol, UK
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

North bank of the river. It's a former convent or monastery, and a nice place to stroll round. Not mobbed by the hordes which visit the Piazza dei Miracoli. In fact we pretty much had the place to ourselves. The courtyard / cloisters was a bit worn out. Its best friend might call it shabby chic. The golden Reliquary of... More 

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