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The Museum was created by combining the previous exhibitions collection of Etruscan Museum, the Spezieria di Santa Fina and the collection of modern and contemporary art. The Etruscan Museum was opened in 1977 in premises adjacent to that of sacred art. The spezieria di Santa Fina was opened after an exhibition organized in 1983, at the Church of San Lorenzo in Ponte. The Gallery of contemporary art, in addition to collections of modern art of municipal property, is an exhibition space for temporary exhibitions. It is dedicated to the painter Raffaele De Grada, who chose San Gimignano as a pla
The origin of the Museum dates back to 1915, when it was a small exhibition in the sacristy of the Church. The real Museum was opened in 1930 in the Dorm of chaplains. Includes liturgical furnishings and artworks from the 13th to the 19th century the property of the collegiate church and the churches of the diocese. Since 1999 it is possible to visit, with a ticket, even the collegiate church which preserves important frescos by Taddeo di Bartolo, Barna da Siena and Ghirlandaio in cappella di Santa Fina.
It was strongly backed by the municipality as a place of excellence, memory, tradition and identity. The wines produced are: San Gimignano Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, San Gimignano Rosso DOC and I.G.T Toscana for a method total output of 9 million bottles per year.
The Museum consists firstly of the Palace with his fresco cycles, the furnishings and the tower. The Palace also houses the pinacoteca, which documents the history and art of the city of San Gimignano. This reaches its peak at the beginning of the fourteenth century, when the dominant influence, and artistic policy, is that of Siena. The works of the 15th century, largely by Florentine artists document the passage of San Gimignano in the political orbit of Florence. In 1996-97 the Museum was reequipped with modern exhibition features.