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Museo Mandralisca

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Address: Via Mandralisca 13, 90015 Cefalu, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 0921421547
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Home to the painting Portrait of an Unknown Man by Renaissance master...

Home to the painting Portrait of an Unknown Man by Renaissance master Antonello da Messina.

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Interesting exhibits

Nice exhibits but most of the signage is in Italian, which is understandable because of it being in Sicily.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
New Orleans, Louisiana
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Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A bizarre arrangement of artifacts. My stop in Cefalu was to visit Mandralisca and to see the exquisite portrait by the artist Donatello da Messina. A most amazing work of art by one of Sicily's best artist. A must see.

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Oakland, California
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113 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an incredible museum based on the collections of an amazing person, the Barone Mandralisca, who lived in the 19tth century through the most tumultuous changes in Italy (and especially in this part of Italy). His history is interesting, which they mention a bit, but he was also interested in, well, everything. And so he collected it. He started... More 

Thank jjbong
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107 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

This has to qualify as one of the most bizarre museums we have visited. We were drawn to it by a painting of a local worthy whose image appears everywhere in Cefalu. The original is here. Entrance is 8 Euros. No advice or information was offered at the ticket office. We asked if it was possible to use the museum's... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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495 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Nice exhibits but most of the signage is in Italian, which is understandable because of it being in Sicily.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Nice enough, but the main thing is missing. Coins, Greek vase, odd bird and stuffed animal collection. On for an hour but not worth 6 euro. Very similar to the collections in many other museo in Sicily.

Thank Pdmath1
Westhill, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Not the most interesting museum in the world but it does have some beautiful pottery from the locality which is 3500 years old. It is also interesting to see inside a local townhouse - it's surprisingly light and spacious.

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Lexington, Virginia
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71 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This little museum houses a few masterpieces and a variety of other items. The nineteenth century founder donated his house, his collections, and also created a local school. My favorite item is the portrait of Unknown Man (or Unknown Sailor) by the fifteenth century master Antonello da Messina. He is purported to have brought northern European oil painting to Italy.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This is a rather small museum, as it was setup by a local art collector, but with very valuable collections of Greek and Roman artefacts, Middle Ages art and also Baroque and more recent exhibits. For example, among its paintings it has an Antonello da Messina as well. It also has some Baroque cabinetry. It is highly recommended, I very... More 

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Colorado Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Our first visit to Cefalu was in September 2013. We've been back two times since then because it truly is a gem on the north coast of Sicily. During our third visit we decided to visit the Mandralisca Museum. From the street entrance it appears to be very small. What a surprise after we entered the first room to discover... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

A couple of interesting things (the Messina portrait an the Greek vase) and a few amusing items (stuffed porcupine!), but mostly it is dusty cabinets full of classical bits and coins or rooms of furniture. Ok to kill a rainy afternoon but €6 is more than it is worth. And the sun was shining.

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