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Museo Mandralisca

Via Mandralisca 13, 90015 Cefalu, Sicily, Italy
0921421547
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Ranked #5 of 7 attractions in Cefalu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Description: Home to the painting Portrait of an Unknown Man by Renaissance master Antonello da Messina.
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Almost did not bother but visited in our last few days. Worth a visit . Small collection of paintings and sculptures and amazing collection of shells. Also some stuffed animals. Painting of note is the portrait which is very well displayed. Enjoyed also some of the furniture which was exquisite .

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38 reviews 38 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We went to this museum just to check out the Portrait of an Unknown Man by Antonello da Messina because it is so interesting and the subject also looks like me. The museum gives insight into the collecting habits of a wealthy family and encompasses a variety of curios (a massive collection of seashells and ancient coinage, for example) displayed... More

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Islesford, Maine
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

A beautifully installed exhibition in the often claustrophobic streets of tourist Cefalu. Make a pilgrimage to see the Antonello da Messina portrait. Spend as much time as possible staring at this enigmatic painting. The rest of the museum is filled with gems as well. A slow trip through the rooms gives an impression of an eclectic taste of a unique... More

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Portland, Oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I almost skipped it, so glad I returned. If you are at all interested in the way people lived "back then," this is a great glimpse into the lives of the wealthy. ( it was also nearly deserted when I went, a very nice change.) Just some of the old decoration remains, but it gives the feeling of opulence that... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The museum is on a street leading from the cathedral to the sea. As you walk from the cathedral, you'll see on the left the Mandralisca shop, a collection of amphoras from the collection that they've set up was they would have been in an ancient Greek or Roman shop. You can see that without going into the museum. Inside... More

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Catania, Italy
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Enjoyed the beautiful collection and its historical significance, though some of the pieces are really just there as a testament of the family's wealth. Surprised at the lack of climate control since it is a museum….. windows were open mid-summer. Obviously, some paintings were in dire need of restoration and repair.

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Denton, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

This was the private collection of a local nobleman and has all the quirky hallmarks of one individual's tastes and meandering interests. In this old family palace (quite austere), there are on display: family crockery, paintings (mostly very dark and difficult to see, stuffed wild animals and birds, ancient artifacts including coins and pottery some exceeding 2500 years in age.... More

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Cape Coral, Florida
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Famous for its fascinating “Portrait of an Unknown Man” with his self-satisfied smirk, which is displayed by itself and really draws you in. Interesting art, artifacts, a huge shell collection from all over the world, and an old coin collection. No photos allowed inside. An enjoyable museum to wander through.

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solihull
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Well worth a visit we found it very interesting.It would have been helpful to have a trnslation in English as most visitors can understand some English, but we managed fine with very limited Italian.There is a toilet in the musem but you would need to ask as otherwise impossible to find.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

The building is very nice and the collection has some interesting pieces, but there is no theme or direction in the exhibition. It is just a lot of stuff, that he collected over a lifetime. We had a good time looking through the odd bits and pieces, so if you are in the neighborhood anyway it is worth a visit.

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