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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 #86 of 333 Attractions in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Museums
Traveler Description: Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10am to 7pm ; Sundays and holidays: 11am to 8pm; Closed: Mondays, Jan. 1, May 1, June 24, Dec. 25. The museum is... more »
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Malaga, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The museum is located in the Royal Palace of the Counts of Barcelona, in the Gothic Quarter. Frederic Mares was a sculptor who was born in Portbou in 1893. When he was ten years old, he and his family arrived in Barcelona. He studied at the School of Fine Arts and the School of Arts and Crafts. He studied abroad... More

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Sault Sainte Marie
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13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Frederic Mares Museum is hard to find at first, but if you go down the right streets, it is 5 minutes from the Jaume I Metro station. This website http://www.barcelona.com/barcelona_directory/museums/frederic_mares_museum still says that the museum is free on Wednesday afternoon, but it is free only on Sunday after 3 if you are into the free thing, but this exhibition... More

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Turkey
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28 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The sculpture exhibit spread through the first two floors is truly outstanding. Despite being an almost monetehem exhibit (with wooden and clay depictions of Juses Christ and St. Mary), a lot of pieces are unique and hard to come by anywhere else. A nice thing: very few people chose to visit the sculpture floors, therefore very comfortable to walk through... More

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Wollongong
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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26 helpful votes 26 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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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
12 helpful votes 12 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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