Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares), Barcelona

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Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares) is home to a collection of sculptures and items donated by avid collector Frederic Marès. Admire Hispanic sculptures ranging from ancient times to the 19th century. You can also see Marès’ own creations in his study. Pore over tens of thousands of lifestyle items from times past on the second and third floors. Uncover pipes, toys, timepieces, and fans, and witness the extent of Marès’ passion for collecting. Be sure to check out the temporary art exhibit. To visit Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares) on your holiday in Barcelona, and find out what else Barcelona has to offer, use our Barcelona trip itinerary builder app .
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  • I've been in the past few days to visit this museum. I was expecting a collection of sculptures of a high standard, as explained my guide book, but here we go really well! The party collecting the sculptures with religious topics, mostly virgins with child Jesus, Pietà and Crucifixion is really amazing. Have you visited behind the Easter week gave probably a special flavor to the visit. The works are well presented, with a logic of thematic and period, whereby you read also the evolution of art. Some are monumental. The collection includes a large portion dedicated to special collections, from weapons to games, from vintage fashion accessories to tableware. A sort of "Wonderland" that were cherished in the past by those who could afford travel and oddities. I wasn't expecting anything like this and I was pleasantly surprised. Make time to visit it well. I liked it a lot! Besides unfolds within a series and buildings that were part of the Royal residences of the past, so you will have the opportunity to swim in other eras. Don't forget to look out the Windows, the views are breathtaking! Beautiful also the courtyard at the entrance, which can be visited for free. In any case, the entrance to the Museum costs only € 4.20. Given us compared to what you will see. Highly recommended! Suitable for children, I've seen a couple excited.
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  • We both really enjoyed our visit to the Frederic Mares Museum. I would certainly recommend a visit with the advice of making sure you leave yourself enough time to see all the artifacts and wonderful ...  more »
  • I went to the Museum with some friends who live in the city and already knew him, and as it was the first Sunday of the month and this is one of the museums that is free that day, and was left us time (and was close to where we were (, and rained strong) entered. If those conditions were not met I don't know if I had put it among my priorities. Eye, I don't mean it's bad, what happens is that this particular character collected everything, and when I say everything you find from Roman capitals and medieval Virgin wood-carved pipes, glasses, fans, etc. It's funny, Yes, and I spent it well, but if you are on a budget maybe adjusted you save this visit so then not they hurt you both entrances to the modernist houses, that are a must. Is for those who already visited Barcelona, looked at the basics and now want to deepen into something else (or for the cachivacheros, lol)
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  • I was very well impressed to visit this Museum. It was never my first option I admit it. But once you get in you quickly find out the incredibly amount of interesting objects collected through the years by this man. You can get in for free sometimes and a couple of hours inside are enough to travel to the past and see curious objects of the most diverse classes... If you have more than a couple of days in BCN then make yourself the favor of visiting this place.
  • Just amazing! It has everything from sculptures to daguerreotypes, a wonderful collection of everything you can imagine! You have to come. It’s so big than the ticket is for 2 different admissions.
  • As you go through the museum, you'll find yourself wondering about the collector as much as about the items in the collection. Mares didn't believe in half-hearted collecting, getting one representative object for the collection, or in having just one or two specialties.This museum holds not just one of the biggest collections in the world of polychrome wooden religious sculptures from the Gothic period, but a fine collection of religious art from other periods, and a fair number of antiquities. There aren't any famous artists represented here, and some of the works are rather crude, suggesting that Mares was interested in quantity as much as in quality. It also holds an utterly fascinating collection of ephemera from the 18th through early 20th century, with an emphasis on the 19th century. Was Mares obsessive? Or was he astute? Or both? Imagine collecting about 300 pipes, several hundred early photographs, dozens of apothecary jars, hundreds of ladies' fans, thousands of cigarette cards, erotic match boxes, thousands of decorative designs, hundreds of holy water fonts, and hundreds of iron keys. Most of these belonged to middle-class families or churches, rather than wealthy ones, and some items, like cigarette cards, were available even to poor families. Mares knew that these kinds of items are full of valuable insights into a culture and I'm sure that design and cultural scholars everywhere bless him for collecting and preserving the kinds of things that usually got thrown away when no longer in use. If I were a set or costume designer for 19th century period dramas, I'd probably just move in. Entrance is relatively cheap compared to other Barcelona museums, 4.20 euros in November, 2015.
  • Excellent museum of medieval fine arts and culture. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light.
  • Visited during a free time on Sunday evening, was an interesting museum with a large collection of sculptures and related art.

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