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Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares)

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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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Address: Placa de Sant lu 5-6, Barri Gotic, Barcelona, Spain
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The first two floors are packed with religious sculpture. Check out the ones the audio guide describes. There are literally hundreds of pieces of sculpture, many of the same... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brilliant! It's such a shame that there were hardly any visitors in this museum when we went there on one of the busiest days of the year. Frédéric Mares is an embodiment of an obsessive collector who had been collecting absolutely everything. We totally enjoyed our visit.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The first two floors are packed with religious sculpture. Check out the ones the audio guide describes. There are literally hundreds of pieces of sculpture, many of the same subject. Most of the others you can take a glance at and move on. For me the highlight was the last floor where many pieces of Frederic Mares sculpture are displayed.... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

After seeing nearly 20 countries, and visiting museums in all those countries, this is probably the most terrible museum I have ever, ever been to. We went on the day it was free, and I feel bad that I will never be able to get this time back. This man clearly had more taste than money. This museum has morbid... More 

Thank Mina T
Crymych, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We had never seen so many things in so many cases anywhere before. This man was an avid collector of many things, but definitely had a thing for religion too. We spent many hours there peering into glass cases. There is a fascinating collection of crucifixes on the ground floor. It was very quiet when we were there with more... More 

Thank Clunmaen
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

A totally bonkers (in a good way) collection of religious carvings, sculptures, fob watches, religious symbols, paintings, lace fans, cigarette cases & cards, snuff boxes, church masonry, furniture, toys, keys, ironmongery, weapons, armour......... A fantastic museum chock full of stuff housed in many rooms. To be honest it can be quite overwhelming but this museum is a must see when... More 

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Modesto, California
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Like many Barcelona museums this one is free on the First Sunday of the month and on Sundays after 3pm. The museum is located in the heart of the Gothic quarter, the gardens and buildings are beautiful and you should always look out windows. There is a small room of Roman sculpture, then many, many rooms of religious sculpture. Make... More 

Thank John M
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

In this musuem, the are interesting collection of everything from furniture to small objects like fans and toys and it is more like a mansion rather than a museum, really intriguing. Central location at the Gothic Quarter near Cathedral and you can spend a day there if you look at each of them carefully. Highly recommended for those who love... More 

Thank LAP L
Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

No doubt one of the greatest museums I have seen. The lack of sterile, typical museum atmosphere is what makes this place so special. You almost feel that you are in a grandma's attic. And it has a beautiful yard in front, great way to escape Barcelona's tourist crowd.

Thank Juan G
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

The Mares Museum, located next to the Cathedral and part of the Royal Palace complex, includes three distinct collections. The basement and first two floors feature mostly religious sculpture from the 5th century B.C.E. through the 19th century. The “Collector’s Cabinet” on the second (and a small part of the third) floor is densely packed with tens of thousands of... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

This wonderful museum has it all-religious statuary-a knight's tomb, Roman relics Frederic Mares' personal sculptures, fans, walking sticks, postcards, sewing machines etc. What a fabulous eclectic mix spread over 3 floors of this former Royal palace. It is easy to find-take the small alley/street at the left of the cathedral and it is right there alongside the cathedral, For a... More 

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