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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 #88 of 326 attractions in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Museums
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
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Wollongong
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Read about this place inLoney Planet. Not easy to find, almost in the cathedral. It is unbelievable that one man could collect so much. The ticket was only 4.50€ and a real bargain as it could be used again another time, which was needed as it is too much for one day. Yeah, it had a lot of relegious paraphernalia,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Stumbled into this place quite by chance during a thunderstorm. While the crucifixes on the ground floor are fascinating for lovers of medieval art, the top floors are much more interesting. An unbelievably eclectic series of collections - everything from Penny Farthings to cigar boxes to cardboard theatres. A real find.

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El Vendrell, Spain
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16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

Firstly, I wish I had allowed more time, but the good news - my ticket (4.50€) is good for another visit within 6 months! Amazing collections of religious stuff, but I preferred the 2nd & 3rd floor collections of everyday items from ladies fans to cigarette cards, walkings sticks to photographic equipments - it's all beautifully displayed, in a stunning building... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This place is full of things I have never seen in any other museum -- life-sized crucifixes, walking sticks, bed warmers, vintage photography equipment, rosaries, spectacles, monocles, binoculars, books, sculptures, and more. As I said, I never saw it all. Frederic Mares was once quoted as saying that he created sculptures so that he could afford to collect them. He... More

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Villeneuve-Loubet, France
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18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Well, what could I say? We went there for free with the Barcelona Card, and even for free it wasn't worth it. It's one of those museums were you have to be part of a niche audience to get it. It's literally rooms after rooms of hundreds of Christian effigies, crucifixes and Holy Mary statues. We didn't even bother to... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I love bizarre museums of curios and this is one of them. I've been to Barcelona loads of times now but somehow this place has passed me by. I've never seen so many life size crucifixions! There must be 40+ in there. Was a little surreal. The smoking pipes were also interesting. If you like bizarre, curios, medieval religious stuff... More

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London, United Kingdom
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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
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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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22 helpful votes 22 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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