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“Don't buy the leaflet”
Review of Sacred Art Museum

Sacred Art Museum
Ranked #37 of 144 things to do in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Housed in a former bishop's palace, this museum houses an extensive collection of masterpieces by Flemish artists from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Oxford, England
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402 reviews
244 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
“Don't buy the leaflet”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

Takes about an hour to visit. Situated in a palace with stone stairs and cobbled hall. Don't buy the leaflet as it doesn't give much information. I loved the ornate wood-carings in particular a relief of the Last Supper. The restaurant attached is excellent.

Visited October 2012
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Strathaven, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Worth a look if you're at a loose end”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Only 3 Euro entry over two floors. Predictably, very catholic in content. Lots of silver, some sculpture and quite a few paintings. The processional cross of Funchal is housed here. The items are labelled in Portugese only. The additional leaflet offered on entry for 1 Euro is only a history of the collection and does not refer to the individual exhibits.

Visited October 2012
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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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144 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“The silver is a feast for your eyes”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

OK 3 euros to get in but the staff outnumbered the visitors when I was there! Instead of one handout describing the artifacts, each room had separate ones which was confusing at first and frustrating. That said some of the silverware was awesome including a large chest which really took my eye. As it's under-lit to save damage and you can't use a flash the only way to keep a record is with video and whilst my camera has the facility the quality isn't brilliant so a good low lux camcorder is best. The Flemish artists never could paint "young faces", cherubs and the like in the same way the Italian masters did so the paintings were a little unrealistic in some cases with children/cherubs depicted. It's worth a visit to see everything plus the wooden carvings, some have aged better than others ( dreaded worm has struck some!) but when you consider how old they are some have remained remarkably intact.

Visited October 2012
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London
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Interesting”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

Some beautiful mediaeval paintings, silverware and wooden scuptures: all with a religious theme,of course. A small admission charge is made.

Visited September 2012
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Brighton
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83 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Would not be in my top 10”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

This museum was OK but nothing special when you consider all the churches you can go in for nothing on the island.

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