Museo Mandralisca
Museo Mandralisca
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Home to the painting Portrait of an Unknown Man by Renaissance master Antonello da Messina.
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Elchimera
UK294 contributions
Apr 2019 • Business
This must be the worst museum I have ever visited and I really begrudge the ticket fee. There were no staff around to help the only person available was in the ticket office and even she had to go through her own purse to give me change. The main attraction was on loan to another gallery do I couldn't even see that. There were two other paintings of note and many of the rest were in dire need of cleaning. However, if you are interested in stuffed birds, sea shells or coins this may be just the place for you.
Written April 3, 2019
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Graham T
Camberley, UK277 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
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 Wi-Fi but were told, no!

Opposite is a small room displaying items that could be purchased. We decided to look at this later. This proved to be a mistake!

The items on display are a hotchpotch of old and modern, with little information about any of them. Some have QR codes displayed but without an Internet connection, they are of no practical use.

Every information board except a very few are solely in Italian. The couple that did contain English text referred to pictures that were not actually on display!

There are a lot of items but, without basic information, few will hold you for long. We found we viewed all there was to see in an hour.

It is a shame that so little thought has been put into this attraction. More so that it wasn't until we got back to the shop that we noticed a tiny piece of information on a sign below the Internet terminal that you could ask for a computer tablet to use as a guide around the exhibition! Pity no one bothered to mention that! Too late by then.
Written October 3, 2015
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Doug N
Colorado Springs62 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
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 a maze of connecting rooms, some leading up stairs to another collection of rooms filled with items. This museum houses artifacts of interest from several centuries before Christ to nearly the present. I think it is a must see for anyone interested in the historical aspect of Sicily. It is truly a gem of a find.
Written November 20, 2014
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John B
Denton, TX126 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
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. If you like offbeat museums this is for you!
Written November 7, 2013
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Christopher C
Gravesend, UK182 contributions
Sep 2019
Found it to be expensive, 8 euros per person. Spent about 45 minutes here, some good paintings and artefacts. Some information plaques in English some not.
Written September 26, 2019
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Devongirlie
Newton Abbot772 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We paid €6 each and found it uninspiring , we usually enjoy museums but found the experience of dark paintings, coins , stuffed birds and shells not worth the entrance fee . Would hesitate to recommend .
Written May 18, 2019
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LMS
6 contributions
Dec 2018
This is a three floor museum with paintings, furniture, archeological findings, a shell collection and coins!
it was deserted when we visited, but is well worth the charge to enter. It would have been helpful to have a little more information in English.
The most fascinating to us was the pottery!!!
Written December 20, 2018
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Steveage
Rexburg, ID3,271 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
This little museum is great, I didn't click 5 stars only because I wish it was just a little bigger and the price is as high as it should go. Many of the paintings were emotionally moving, some from as early as the 15th century. There are urns from antiquity, 3rd and 4th century B.C. and a very interesting collection of coins from ancient civilizations. I paid 6 euros for the hour and a half I took walking around this great, small museum. A really nice stop!
Written July 30, 2018
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Danubegal
Tutrakhan, Silistra, Bulgaria143 contributions
Jan 2018 • Solo
Perhaps not for everyone, but I spent several hours here and found this strange museum a thorough delight. It is not the kind of place you expect to see famous paintings- it has only one, the (for me) sexy Messina, and much of the rest is rather kitsch. But that is what I loved. From gawping theatre masks to Greek urns with scenes of daily life rather than battles or gods, from furniture oddities and ferocious poodles made from tiny shells, and finally to a bizarre collection of preserved animals in various states of dehydration, I think this collection shows a family with a taste for a bit of kink and a sense of humor. I loved it.
Written January 13, 2018
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Paul H
Shrewsbury, UK257 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
The museum was founded by the Baron of Mandralisca in the 19th century. It contains many works of art including Antonello da Messina's portrait of an unknown man, very Mona Lisa like! There is a vast library, coins, ceramics, pottery, stuffed birds, sea shells. I found it very interesting.
Written May 19, 2016
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