Sistema Museale Universitario Senese (SIMUS)

The Sistema Museale Universitario Senese (SIMUS) constitutes a coordinated network and services dedicated to the collection, guardianship, enrichment, classification, development, study and public exposition of the historical, artistic, archaeological, scientific and naturalist goods of interest of the University that, for esteem, importance, and quantity, can not be considered of pertinence to other structures of research and teaching.


Instituted in 2007, the Sistema Museale Universitario Senese (SIMUS):

  • favors the safeguarding of the historical, archival, artistic, scientific, archaeologic, and naturalist historical heritage of the university;
  • favors and cares for the identification, the appraisal, and the eventual acquisition of historical material present in the teaching and scientific structure of the university, other than the other national or international museum reality, and is responsible for the multicentury history of the Senese University;
  • promotes and cares for the activities of inventory, cataloguing, and conservation from the university history;
  • promotes the production of catalogs and of other scientific publications;
  • promotes and coordinates exposition events, whether they be permanent or temporary, directed also at scientific research, to be educational and informative;
  • promotes and coordinates the participation of the University to local, regional, national, and international museological projects by taking care of the relationships with externa subjects of the University;
  • promotes and coordinates teaching activities meant for the diffusion of the knowledge of the museum heritage of the University and turn it over to the schools of every orde and grade.


The museums which comprise SIMUS are:

University Archives and Museum, that conserves the paper documentation produced and acquired from the ancient Studium from 1560-1955, in addition to numerous objects bound to the University life from the fifteenth-century and beyond.

Via Banchi di Sotto, 55 (ground floor) - 53100 Siena
Tel. 0577 232382
[email protected]


The Centro Servizi CUTVAP (University Service Center for the Protection and Promotion of Siena's Ancient Scientific Heritage Collection), instituted in 1994 with the primary purpose of the safeguarding of the historical scientific collections of the Senese University, has responsibilities also of recuperation, creation of an inventory, research and appraisal of the cultural goods in a scientific environment, and formation in such environments. It possesses an organized storage with more than 5000 examples of goods of a medical pertaining to hospitals nature.

Polo scientifico San Miniato,  Via Aldo Moro, 6 - 53100 Siena
Tel. 0577 234146/8
[email protected]


The Physics collection, that comprises of 400 appliances, instruments, and models in a perfect state of conservation, in large part from the 1800s, that attest the history of the discipline.

Osservatorio Astronomico, Via Roma, 56 - 53100 Siena
Tel. 0577 234677
[email protected]


The Prehistoric collection, Classical and Medieval Archaeology: a documentary heritage that was formed in the corse of more than thirty years of inquiry research in Tuscany, Italy, and abroad.

Via Roma, 56 - 53100 Siena
Prehistoric collection: [email protected]
Classical Archaeology: [email protected]
Medieval Archaeology: [email protected]


The "Leonetto Comparini" Museum of Human Anatomy places in display ancient anatomical tables, wax models, microscopic preparations and relative istoteche of the time period, osteological collections and scientific instrumentation of the era.

Polo scientifico San Miniato,  Via Aldo Moro, 6 - 53100 Siena
Tel. 0577 234048 - 234081
[email protected], [email protected]


The Botanical Gardens (Gardens and Herbarium). The garden covers a surface of 2.5
hectors, where the biological diversity (more than 1000 species of plants) is preserved outside of its own habitat and activities of environmental conservation are furthered in situ.

The Herbarium is a structure that collects, catalogues, and conserves more than 80,000 dried samples of vascular plants, mushrooms, lichens, bryophytes, and algae.

Via P.A. Mattioli, 4 - 53100 Siena
Tel. 0577 235407 - 235409
[email protected]


The "Felice Ippolito" National Antarctic Museum. Siena, together with Genova and Trieste, is part of the Museo Nazionale dell'Antartide (the National Antarctic Museum), instituted in 1996 with the task of the conservation, study, and development of the finds acquired in the course of the scientific expeditions to Antarctica.

Via del Laterino, 8 - 53100 Siena
Tel. 0577 233892/3
[email protected]


The Earth Sciences Museum, that gathers mineralogical, petrographical, and paleontological collections of the Senese University.

Via del Laterino, 8 - 53100 Siena
Tel. 0577 233838
[email protected]