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Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares)

Placa de Sant lu 5-6, Barri Gotic, Barcelona, Spain
93-310-58-00
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Ranked #68 of 316 attractions in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Museums
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This is one of the great museums of the world. A true Cabinet of Curiosities. It is an enchanted domain with thousands of objects and a collection of printed ephemera and the whole place is a total joy. Certainly one of the highlights of a trip to this wonderful city

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Samsun, Turkey
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Absolutely a hidden gem. This place is my most favorite museum in Barcelona. Also entrance fee was really cheap for this kind of huge and fascinating museum.

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Barcelona, Spain
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

We had walked by this museum many times on our way to the cathedral and been intrigued but didn't take the time to enter until a few weeks ago and our feelings were mixed from the beginning. The building itself is beautiful, especially the courtyard. The myriad of religious sculptures on the first floor became almost redundant, even though many... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I wasn't sure what to expect when we went to this museum, it was free on our Barcelona card. It turned out to be a crazy collection of EVERYTHING. Toys, fans, pipes, swords, religious artefacts etc etc etc. Frederic Mares either had a screw loose or just way too much time on his hands, and we are lucky enough to... More

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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65 reviews 65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Should you already be inside when reading this...don't walk, don't stroll or trot, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!! This is not a museum, just a big house which has been filled with the spoils of a crazed collector. A museum should tell a story, it has to bee more then just a big display cabinet.

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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

What I love about this place are the top floors with Marès' mad collection; pipes, cigar papers, weapons, toys, kama sutra playing cards etc. from the 19th century! The dimly-lit rooms are the perfect seeing for a day away from the sun and into another world.

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London
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41 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

The museum shows off the life collections of a hoarder. The lower levels are full of religious artefacts, you'll never have seen so many crucifixes in your life! The real find is upstairs though, where there are larges collections of everything imaginable - scissors, spectacles, fans, keys, hat pins etc. The library is also an interesting space. The courtyard is... More

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New York City, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

This was one of my favorite finds in Barcelona. The lower level collection of religious art is impressive, but the real surprises lay above, where the astonishingly eccentric curio collections reveal lovingly displayed treasures and trinkets. Everything from wonderful toy paper theaters and handmade fans to train tickets and sailor's shell art. It's overwhelming, but in a good way. Assume... More

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

We found the amount of statues and sculpture of religious things was overwhelming. Room after room of it. If you want to see a lot of statues of Jesus on the Cross you will enjoy this museum but it was not forus. If you want to see other things suggest you start with the collector's cabinet area. We should have... More

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Siedlce
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

I had a free entrance to that with Barcelona Card . It is the second best museum just after MNAC in my opinion. You can find it everything - and I really mean everything. Starting with sculptures of crucified jesus (number of those sculptures made me a little ancxious) then other christian sculptures and art. And after that ancient art... More

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