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Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares)

Address: Placa de Sant lu 5-6, Barri Gotic, Barcelona, Spain
Phone Number: 93-310-58-00
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$52*
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Barcelona Card with Guidebook
81%
Ranked #82 of 280 Attractions in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
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Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This museum is a collection of a collectors collections. That's all it is. Some of the collections are fantastic and some of them are just weird, but en mass they make a fascinating display. Some of it is beautiful and some of it is truly creepy (three rooms of wooden Christ on the Cruxifixes hanging on the walls, anyone?). It's... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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23 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I think they are doing a special at the moment with the same ticket enabling a second visit within 6 months. We were rather saturated by the amount of exhibits by the end of the first hour. Well consider going if you are into sculptures. There is a great fan and toy collection too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

How many medieval crucifixions could one man collect? Or ladies' fans and gentlemen's pipes? More significantly, how could you come to Barcelona and miss this awesome gem of a museum? Frankly, I only thought to pop in to the Mares because this was a freebie on the BCN museums card. As it turns out, for me it was well and... More 

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Delmar, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

When we went to Barcelona we visited this terrific museum. It is in the Bari Gothic section and the entrance to the Museum lies in a lovely courtyard - total serenity and peace to just stand or sit there a few minutes. The museum itself is a vast treasure trove of one mans diversified collections of things. It is amazing... More 

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Naples, Florida
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

A huge collection, well displayed, and curated. A fascinating Museum and larger than expected. You never know what you will find in the next room. His library is full of excellent sculpture. We started on the top floor and worked our way down. Take a break in the courtyard cafe when you get a little overwhelmed. Unfortunately we did not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This museum reminds me of one I went to in Pennsylvania, where it was the collections of collections the original owner had gathered over time and then were put up for display. The main level has mainly religious art and as you go up the items in the collection get smaller and smaller. I loved the room full of fans... More 

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Palo Alto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Went here after the Cathedral. What a find! The first 3 floors (including the basement) has religious sculptures (lots of crucifixes, saints, etc.). What's different here is that you can get really close to each piece, which I haven't seen in other museums. The third floor was the best; it had a collection of random old stuff (smoking pipes, keys,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

OK ... he collected everything. Everything. These rooms are crammed with objects that might not stand up individually but WOW ... the sheer volume of the collections are awesome. We easily spent three hours here and would have stayed longer but we just could not absorb any more. Not for everyone perhaps, but if you have even a few little... More 

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This museum does not seem to get busy which is a surprise as it has so many exhibits to see. Mares was a sculptor and a prolific collector of a plethora of things including many religious artefacts. The museum is air conditioned so a great place to secrete yourself when the sun is really intense. There is a fabulous cafe... More 

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Safed
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

this is a ghastly museum.. Well, the building is ok, but the collection is dreadful. Room after room stuffed with horrid kitschy objects by the thousand - nasty Victorian paper cutout theatres, horriblly painted and bejewelled fans, grotesquely carved pipes and ugly statues. Sad to see this total lack of taste or discrimination. Give it a miss, there are much... More 

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