The water museum

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An itinerary to discover the ancient spoils of Siena

The Siena Water Museum, opened in 2010 and recently restored, is located in the premises above the Fonti di Pescaia. It occupies the three floors of the building above the Sources, two of eighteenth-century origin and the third of nineteenth-century origin.

The main objective of this museum is to make visitors aware of and appreciate one of the most extraordinary achievements in the history of Siena, the spoils. The city, due to its hilly location and lack of waterways, has always had to resort to innovative strategies for water resource supply. This is precisely why the bottini, an underground network of aqueducts that still feed the city’s historic springs, were built.

The museum tour, featuring a highly multimedia approach, will allow visitors to fully immerse themselves in the tale of spoils and sources.

The tour, curated by theAssociation the Diana, includes the Museum, the Sources of Pescaia and related spoils. In the Museum, there are 10 multimedia installations, 12 video projectors, 11 broadcasting systems, 10 audio systems, 8 sensing systems and 4 plasma 42 monitors-a precise, timely and detailed organization to make the visitor’s experience more immersive and unique.

RESERVATION INFO

Due to the special nature of the visit, reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 0577- 292614 and 0577-292615, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., or by sending an e-mail to ticket@comune.siena.it indicating the date, number of participants and phone number. At the time of booking, availability for the requested date will be checked and arrangements for advance payment of tickets will be communicated. The maximum number of visitors per shift is fifteen people.

Full price ticket is euro 10; reduced euro 5 (children from 11 to 19 years old, over65 , university students, residents of the Municipality of Siena); free for children under 11 years old, disabled persons and accompanying persons.

OPENING HOURS

The Water Museum has the following opening hours:

  • June through September: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • October through May: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

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