Museu Frederic Marès, Barcelona

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Museu Frederic Marès 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 Museu Frederic Marès 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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  • A museum full of objects of all kinds. Interesting sculptural part (Mares was a sculptor), but surprising collections of objects among the most varied you could imagine. The collection of boxes, figurines and trade dress is unique. A joy to watch the collection of fans. To see the collection "entertainment": dolls, toys, playing cards (there are also some boards of the snakes and ladders game, Jo and Asalto): a treat for fans. One of the most impressive museums in Barcelona. Recommended.
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  • To pochisdima away from the Cathedral, in a nice building, lies this little gem, full of objects, works of art and testimonies of the first 900. A cultural route through things, matter, in which we rediscover and taste the meaning and history of the last century and beyond, through the collections, almost maniacal, of an individual who was supposed to be by nature very attentive to detail. Is a journey within a journey. Highly recommended
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  • Top floor is truly amazing! Toys and theater. Second floor is interesting collection of cards -- tarot cards and playing cards - and objects from the every day. The sculptures on the bottom two floors...  more »
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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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