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Sacred Art Museum (Museu de Arte Sacra)

Address: Rua do Bispo 21, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Phone Number: 291/22-89-00
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Ranked #21 of 48 Attractions in Funchal
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Housed in a former bishop's palace, this museum houses an extensive collection of masterpieces by...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner 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.

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Dufftown, United Kingdom
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123 reviews 123 reviews
37 attraction reviews
272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

by some of the disparaging remarks of some reviewers. For the size of the island and community, this is a remarkably eclectic mix of silverware, art and carving. There is real concern for the future of the museum and it does need support. For my money they could double the price of admission and it would still be one of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I don't usually enjoy religious art, but I really enjoyed walking through this museum. It is definitely a must see in Funchal. Also when I got there right after lunch, I was the only patron and moved around at my leisure.

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Manchester
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40 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

If you want to get away from the hotel swimming pool and indulge in a little culture this museum would be my number one recommendation in Funchal. On three floors of the old Bishop's Palace near the main square of the town this is a fascinating collection of religious art going back to the early days of Madeira as a... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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MADEIRA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
3 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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26 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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UK
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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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24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Edinburgh
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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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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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