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Sacred Art Museum (Museu de Arte Sacra)

Rua do Bispo 21, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
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Ranked #29 of 53 Attractions in Funchal
Type: Art Museums
Traveler Description: Housed in a former bishop's palace, this museum houses an extensive collection of masterpieces by Flemish artists from the 15th and 16th centuries... more »
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Antwerp, Belgium
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The museum of Sacred Art displays a large collection and does so very well with explanations in English and other languages. Unfortunately I found the painings and sculptures on display of rather poor quality. Especially the collection of Flemish paintings that is so often advertised was a let down. The chalises, ceremonial crosses and incense boat figurines were pretty but... More

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47 reviews 47 reviews
3 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This beautiful museum is an absolute must if you are in Funchal. The building itself is in very good condition and the works of art, especially the Flemish are beautiful and well restored. A shame there were not more people visiting - is it mentionned at the hotels??? I would agree with another reviewer that it is a shame there... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The works of art were quite beautiful and worth the visit but we were very frustrated by the lack of information throughout. To give the size of the painting and the artist/century is just not enough. There was absolutely nowhere to sit so as to enjoy the works. However, some wonderful examples of especially Flemish art from the days when... More

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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Set in a beautiful old palace in a square we might have missed this was a very worthwhile visit. We were among a handful of visitors wandering round which seemed a pity as there is a lot to see - paintings, statues, silver, gold and metalwork. Much of the art is religious as you might expect and we liked the... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

This modest-sized museum contains some genuinely interesting and special pieces amongst quite a large and varied collection. Certainly many of the objects are wonderful and touching examples of human talent, ability and artistry. The collection of silver is remarkable. And as with many museums in old towns and cities all over the world - the building the collection is housed... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

I have NOT visited the Museum but have visited the attached cafe/restaurant frequently. Address is Rua Do Bispo 21, Funchal. Tel is 291/22-89-00. Very inexpensive at lunchtime. If you want an inexpensive lunch or coffee there is probably none better so close to the city centre - although locals have many back street restaurants to choose from nearby.This probably suits... More

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Central London
20 reviews 20 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

A world class collection of 15th to early 18th century religious art. The altar pieces are not to be missed. Entrance is only 3 euros and, at least when we went (mid September) you have the whole place to yourselves.

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Murcia, Spain
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

I thought this museum was going to be seriously dull.. but it wasnt at all!! not only magnificent ecclesiastical ítems but portraits,statues,silver and gold galore. an informtation sheet in english or french is available just inside each room.well worth a visit.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Found this to be very good and worth the time not a lot to say as if you are a museum lover you will enjoy this one But remember that all museums are closed on MONDAYS. except I think this does not apply to Madeira Story

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Shrewsbury, England
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Great little museum. Low entrance fee but lots of interesting artefacts. Great deal of silver and old art. Found some of it a bit spooky but well worth a visit.

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