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    The Role of Museums in the Sienese Public MemoryWhen one thinks about activities to do and places to visit when they venture into an unknown city, particularly into a city with as rich of a history as Siena, museums are often one of the more prominent choices. This was my original mindset when picking this as my category for the Visual Memoryscapes project. As a lover of history, I have a particular draw towards museums and other exhibitions of historical items. So far, all of the museums that I have had the opportunity to visit within the past month and a half (which includes the Museo Civico and Santa Maria Della Scala) have been incredible. Siena is a city that is full of history. Around every corner there is a different story, whether about a “magic” stone in the grand façade of the Siena Cathedral or about the incredible Palio that happens annually in the Piazza del Campo. With this in mind, it is important to keep in mind the great sights to be seen outside of museum walls. In many ways, the historic walls surrounding the center of medieval Siena are much like the walls surrounding an incredible museum. To visit the museums within Siena is to experience a more specific or contained history with artwork, relics, and documents to help tell those stories. In order to gain a true understanding of the public memory of the people, places, and history, one must explore the innards of the grand museum that is the city of Siena.

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