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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 #100 of 343 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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North Carolina
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135 reviews 135 reviews
25 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Malaga, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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33 reviews 33 reviews
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
78 helpful votes 78 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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20 helpful votes 20 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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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