Museu de Mallorca
Museu de Mallorca
3.5
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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chrismCambridgeshire
Wisbech, UK755 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Well worth the money particularly as entrance is free on a Sunday! However it would be worth paying the modest entrance fee on other days. The museum largely displays paintings, from the twelfth century until pre Civil War. There are information boards giving the historic and cultural context of the exhibits in Spanish, Catalan and English but the brief descriptions of the individual items are only in Spanish and Catalan. Very interesting to see the rich cultural history of Majorca.
Written October 16, 2022
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GoPlaces503035
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
It was a massive let down. They have interesting artefacts there but no explanations of exhibits in any language and that includes Spanish!
For example they have a coin collection, but no explanation of coin dates, values, is it gold? Is it silver? emperor faces are on the coins but not identified, what were the value of the coins? This criticism is valid for every item there, it was a continual feeling of,”You work it out for yourself, we aren’t telling you.”
The one staff member there sat at a desk, and was presumably taking a salary for looking bored and texting on her mobile.
The site is still being excavated in the Summers, surely they should do something to improve the museum experience.
The woman taking your entrance money at the ruins was exactly the same. Being positive, perhaps they are just temporary till the younger Summer staff come back and hopefully are far more vibrant and informative.
Written January 25, 2024
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JJ_Hants
Bishop's Waltham, UK91 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Not at all what we were expecting.

Only 2 floors of exhibits and a few sections closed.

One floor was paintings and other exhibits that I’d describe as predominantly religious.

The other floor was the same but not so religious.

We didn’t find out anything about the history of the island which is what we were expecting.

Shame. :-(
Written October 18, 2017
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Steve M
London, UK507 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
Even recent guidebooks say, "If you really want to learn about Mallorca's history visit the Museu de Mallorca." (Marco Polo - published 2016) The museum's own website is unuseable - a bureaucrats dream - lots of rules and regulations, nothing actually current about the museum. And there is now a small charge for entrance. ...

So, what do you get when you do go in?

Not history - maybe that's coming later in the rebuilding.

You get, on two floors, a running sequence of Mallorcan art with an emphasis on earlier works from the medieval period. On the upper floor there are 20th century works and an interesting selection of art nouveau ceramics. In fact, the ceramics - both medieval and 20th century - were the highlight of the visit. The building itself has been restored beautifully and is worth a look.

And the reason this gets 2 stars rather than 1? The information cards in each room have been well thought out. Rather than try to give you dry details about every exhibit, they focus on just two in each room. Some are more interesting than others but, if you have time worth dipping in to. We enjoyed the cards because we were imagining that at some point we would get to the archaeological & historical exhibits. But they don't exist.

If the Museum had been described accurately we might still have decided on a quick visit. But, as it was, we were disappointed.
Written January 10, 2017
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,829 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
This museum is well marked on city maps. Signage on the streets leading to the museum also assisted us in finding this museum which was located about 2 blocks from the cathedral. There was an admission charge, with a seniors rate of 1.50E. There were 2 floors of exhibits in a 16th Century house, but the building was air conditioned and the rooms had a contemporary feel with white walls and marble floors.

On the first floor, up one flight of stairs, I looked at painted wood religious altar pieces from centuries ago. Some of these pieces had several panels with a saint's picture in the middle, and, in adjoining panels, scenes of his life. The style of painting was typical of the middle ages - gold halos around the religious people; figures outlined in dark ink with no shading; no perspective, no landscapes in the background. Bowls and plates from the middle ages were also on display on this floor. These items were labelled in Spanish, but information sheets in English were available that explained the theme of the collection and identified individual items.

The next floor up interested me more as it had 20th Century art work (landscapes were nicely done), lovely glass/pottery vases on display, and picturesque tile murals. We were particularly pleased when we found a window up here with a back view of the Cathedral showing its bell tower, rosary, spires, and buttresses - a great photo.

Our visit lasted around 45 minutes. More time would be needed if all of the information cards were read. Clean, modern toilets were available off a patio on the ground level.
Written October 11, 2016
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JulesD
Spencertown, NY14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Nicely organized, not crowded, wide range of artifacts and artwork, low cost of admission. In the picturesque neighborhood near the cathedral.
Written October 26, 2022
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periandro
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg9,894 contributions
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Oct 2019
The Museum of Mallorca is a splendid art space inside a fabulous large house commonly known as “Ca la Gran Cristiana”. The building comprises two large gothic edifices constructed under the aegis of Miquel Lluis Ballester de Togores Salas when he became Count of Aiamans in 1635. The building gothic essence remains despite some works carried out in the nineteenth century and the three first decades of the twentieth. The structure is pentagonal-shaped dating back from the baroque period.
The works integrating the permanent exhibition of fine and decorative arts are displayed on the first and third floors and consist in exhibits from various types of art, among others, painting, sculpture, architectural elements, pottery, tiles and furnishings thus covering all artistic styles prevailing in the different epochs. The visit to the Museum is a good way to get an insight on a part of the history of Mallorca on the basis of art and culture and learn about the particular characteristics of the artistic output made in the island or connected with it.
The painting collections include works in several styles pursuant of the stylistic periods. The gothic works made for churches in Mallorca are ravishing masterpieces. As an example thereof the altarpiece of St. Bernard, by the Master of the Conquest of Mallorca, which keeps up with the hypothesis of gothic lineal style and is the oldest surviving Mallorcan medieval painting and the first known altarpiece in Europe showing the most outstanding highlights regarding the life of St. Bernard. The contemplation of the figures depicted in that picture, calling up the evolution of Byzantine forms, makes one feel a real enchantment.
During the second half of the fourteenth century the arts in the pertinent region got the impact of the king Peter the Ceremonious whose appreciation of artistic creation was well known. In this regard, and just to cite two specimens of the artistic richness of the works concerned, the altarpiece of unknown origin “The Annunciation and the two Saints John”, attributed to Pere Marçol, dates from that period. It's a beautiful artwork depicting St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist on the side panels, and the scene concerning the Annunciation on the central one. It's worth watching it attentively in order to observe every single detail, especially the wonderful central scene, despite the fact that it's not in a good condition. Likewise, the anonymous painting portraying the Eternal Father seated on a gilded back stall as part of an altarpiece structure is a magnificent art work. As far as the early international gothic of the end of the fourteenth century and the beginning of the fifteenth is concerned, the relevant stylistic traits were introduced in Mallorca in the last two decades of the fourteenth century thanks to the work of painters who had trained in Valencia and Catalonia. Some of the works belonging to that period and exhibited in the Museum are really admirable, such as the painting of St. Lucy and St. Mary Magdalene - fragments from the predella of the altarpiece of St. Ursula - both by the Master of Monti-sion, and the “Annunciation of the Virgin's death” issued from the circle including the same author. In the main segment of the latter one can see one of the archangels kneeling before Mary, also on her knees, against a highly conventional architectural background. The pictorial treatment of the scene is extremely fine and rich. All in all it's a jewel of gothic art. There are also some items produced in accordance with the rules of the late international gothic as well as other paintings in the same style reflecting the Italian and Flemish influence. The works included in the pertinent section were collected or created mostly under the reign of the King Alfons the Magnanimous, who moved his court to Naples. Some of those works are really dazzling, such as “St. Gabriel and St. Anne, Mary and Jesus” by Pere Terrencs, and particularly a work which constituted a predella of the high altar of the patron saint of the Monastery of Santa Margalida by Joan Rosat or Rosató. It's a superb painting of a narrative nature which shows a number of scenes of the life of St. Margaret carried out in a highly expressive manner and with spatial ambition and a great perfection as to perspective. The contemplation of such a marvel is in itself a great pleasure.
Apart from the paintings there are also other works in gothic style which are also very nice. These are some sculptures and some earthenware. Among the former some items are outstanding, to wit a wooden gilded and painted pair of angels by Arnau de Campredon, and the statue of St. Michael by Pere Morey, painted by Pere Marçol, also made of wood and gilded. As regards the earthenware a dish decorated with fish from the beginning of the fourteenth century and a bowl glazed on white with metallic luster are very interesting.
Several artworks consisting in nice samples of the renaissance style are also displayed in the Museum. The most outstanding among them are the anonymous sculpture made or terracota regarding the image of Mary Magdalene; the painting on serge “The founding of the Charterhouse of Jesus” by Ferran de Coca, and “The apostles” by Mateu López. The last one is a magnificent painting which used to be the central panel of a sarcofagus concerning the Virgin Mary. The picture shows in a colourful and stunning manner the twelve apostles behind a nice table covered with damask. One may most probably feel elated at the sight of that artwork.
Also in baroque style one can admire some masterpieces in the Museum. Some paintings in that style are especially attractive. These are, for instance, the painting portraying St. Catherine by Gaspar Oms I; “St. Michael and St. John the Baptist” by Miquel Joan Porta, and “Multiplication of the loaves and fish” by Miquel Bestard. The last one is a complex and daring composition in which the large figures on the left hand side thereof, one of them being Jesus blessing and multiplying the food, contrast with the schematic nature of the groups and the background on the right. One may certainly feel dazzled while contemplating that masterpiece. In addition to the aforesaid baroque artworks, all of them produced locally, the Museum houses also some paintings in the same style which were brought to Mallorca from other parts of Spain and also originating from other countries such as Italy, France and Flanders. Their themes are varied; they are mainly about landscapes, architecture, myths and legends, and religious subjects. Among the baroque paintings included in that section the two depicting the Archangels Sealtiel and Barachiel, respectively, by Bartolomé Román, ought to be outlined. One can admire in them the Archangels' delicate and fine traits as well as their handsome faces. They bear a crown of roses on their heads and are sumptuously dressed and shod. The painting “Roman Charity” by Niccolo de Simone shows the bloodcurdling scene of Cimon's daughter breasfeeding her father unjustly condemned to death by starvation. Besides, “Paris and Helen” by Mattia Prati is a beautiful painting showing Paris and Helen fleeing from Sparta to Troy. The dynamism in the treatment of the characters is outstanding and constitutes a notable feature determinant of the attractive nature of that artwork.
As regards paintings, there are still some other baroque ones in that Museum which were made in the eighteenth century, throughout which the said style prevailed though at its end some signs of classicism began to appear. The most outstanding paintings appertaining to that period which can be observed there are “Justice and Peace” by Guillem Mesquida, and “Joan Despuig Safortesa” by Francesc Agustí Grande. In the former, the virtues which the painting title itself refers to are represented by the figures of two women and it's curious to see that each one of them holds her defining attribute: the sword for Justice and the olive branch for Peace. As to the latter, the admirable portrait of the personage as he was at the age of twelve is ravishing.
The rest of the paintings in that Museum carried out throughout the nineteenth century consists basically in portraiture and mainly in classicist style. All the relevant items within that section are stupendous and executed with a great mastery of the applicable technique. Among them, the three deserving higher acknowledgement of the authors' talents are the portrait of “Isabel Miralles Guillot” by Joan Mestre Bosch, in which that lady is portrayed in a realistic manner against an idealised landscape; “Marià Aguiló” by Antoni Fuster Forteza, and particularly “Irene Beran, the Painter's Wife” by Bruno Beran. This one is a beautiful painting in which Irene is elegantly and luxuriously dressed in dark clothes. Her very pale face and her sad, serene gaze are remarkable features of that painting.
In addition to the foregoing, it's possible to behold in that Museum some pottery ware from the modern era; some realist landscape paintings dating from the end of the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries; decorative arts including glazed tiles from La Roqueta Factory and furniture, and further landscape paintings in modernist and noucentist styles produced in the course of the twentieth century.
As it can evidently be surmised after perusal of the foregoing, the visit to that Museum is highly recommended, particularly for the ones interested in getting an insight into history and culture of the island of Mallorca. The historical context surrounding the island's culture and art is exciting. This can be appreciated in the Museum which bear witnesses of the history of Mallorca and portrays the cultures and traditions of the past.
Written June 18, 2020
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Fiona L
29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
If you are staying in Palma or want somewhere to go inside on a wet day or indeed a particularly hot day, then the museum is of interest. I wouldn't make a special trip to Palma just to see it.
Entrance is only 2.40 euros. I would suggest it is of more interest to visitors who already know something about the history of the island. It takes you through different periods of influence mostly shown through religious artwork from churches or private homes. There is information to be had in different languages but you have to keep picking up different leaflets. The info next to the exhibits is only in Catalan.
It would not be very interesting for children and has nowhere to buy refreshments. It does have a lift and decent toilet facilities.
Written July 28, 2019
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charlesthebarles
wilmington, NC220 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Skip the crowds at the famous La Seu cathedral and get a phenomenal introduction to the history of Mallorca at this three-story museum just behind it. Works of local artists are displayed chronologically century by century from medieval times through the 20th. Pick up the laminated interpretative guides in 6 different languages at the entrance to each room detailing the influence various cultures had on this little Balearic Island now under control of the autonomous province of Catalonia. Priceless paintings, tapestries, altars, doorways, tiles, pottery, sculptures and more, all up close and personal. Best bargain in Palma...free for seniors!
Written January 13, 2018
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Lilly
Stoke-on-Trent, UK19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
A very interesting visit showing the history of art in Mallorca. Interesting to see art through the centuries. Seating would have been appreciated but was sadly lacking.
Written March 22, 2017
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