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“Perfect size, interesting collection”
Review of Montserrat Museum

Montserrat Museum
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Full-Day Montserrat Monastery and Sagrada Familia Tour
Ranked #4 of 11 things to do in Montserrat
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

I almost hate to give this four stars instead of five, but if you give a small, sweet museum five stars, what do you give the Louvre or Hermitage? Rest assured this is a lovely museum that is the perfect size for when you are visiting Montserrat for an afternoon. We came to the mountain on a tour and had just enough time to fit this in before going to listen to the boys' choir inside the basilica.

As other reviewers have noted, the museum advertises a slew of famous painters like Dali, Picasso, and even Monet on its poster outside. There is one Monet, and it is not a great one, and you'll want to go other places to see Dali and Picasso. Instead, you are treated to lesser-known (to me, at least, since I like art but don't really know too much about it) Spanish artists.

These were very nice, and unfortunately they didn't allow photos, so I don't remember them very well or know the artists' names, but there was a lot of really fine and very Spanish art that we enjoyed a lot. I would liken the musem to L'Orangerie in Paris which, beyond the giant Monets, has a small-ish collection on the bottom floor that is also really pleasant.

This was especially a good place to go with my 14-year-old son who had already been to the Dali museum and the Picasso museum and he managed to still enjoy this museum without becoming "museumed out."

Thank ebg-boston2
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

This is the museum in the "Montserrat Complex". I was shocked how the museum was absolutely empty even with lot of tourists visiting the church. Maybe its price (7€) spooks visitors. It holds an interesting collection of paintings, archelogical artifacts and objects that belonged to the Monastry cults. It is an heterdox selection, which should attract different types of visitors. Don't fool yourself: the museum says here you will find Picasso, Dali and other famous names. It is true, but you will only see a couple of early works and that are not really relevant in their carrers. HOWEVER, the museum does have an interesting selection of paintings from other important catalunyans painters, which should make the visit worthy. The full tour around the museum should take no more tan 1:30 hour. I do not recommend the audio guide (2,20€). It is not bad, but there should be more information on it. I believe that if this museum was a little bit cheaper, it would definitely deserve a better score (maybe even a 5)

Thank Caue P
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

This lower level art museum is full of wonderful art but the facility itself is a work of architecture. It is full of curves and arches that highlight the collection of art. Most of the works of art that are housed in the Montserrat Museum have been donated to the monastery by private citizens. The Monks at the Monastery see it as their duty to display the artworks for those visiting Montserrat as a promotion of culture. This ideology originates from a previous monk at Montserrat called Father Bonaventura Ubach. He collected archaeological, ethnological and zoological artefacts during travels to the Middle East and brought them back to the Monastery. By bringing back these artefacts he encouraged an interest in the Middle East and in 1926 the Monks at Montserrat translated the Bible into Catalan from the Middle Eastern languages.

Thank redheaddr
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

I was really unexpected to see here some masterpieces of Impressionism. All we know Dali and Picasso. But real opening for me were Ramon Casas and Joan Roig Soler.

Thank Max K
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

Lots of art work that was from many different periods and centuries. Nicely laid out and arranged. I don't know what else to say very nice

Thank Gkirkish
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