Montserrat Museum, Montserrat

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Montserrat Museum offers a collection of 1,300 pieces, ranging from an Egyptian sarcophagus to works by Picasso and Dali. Located in an old monastery, this museum’s collection was started by a monk who traveled extensively through the Middle East, and has since been expanded by private donations. Tour through the six permanent collections as well as the constantly changing special exhibits. Highlights include archaeology of the biblical Middle East, with objects from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Cyprus, and Israel; paintings from the 13th to the 18th century, including works by Caravaggio, Tiepolo, Berruguete, Morales, Luca Giordano, and El Greco; and 19th- and 20th-century Catalan paintings and sculptures from Picasso, Dali, Degas, Miro, Monet, Rusiñol, and Casas. See varying depictions of the Black Madonna of Montserrat, Byzantine and Slavic icons, and gold worship objects from the 15th through 20th centuries. To wrap up your stay, stop by the gift shop. See Montserrat Museum and all Montserrat has to offer by arranging your trip with our Montserrat day trip site.
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  • We had no idea this museum was here, and were more than pleasantly surprised. Our Viator guide collected us at the top and gave us an overview of the events of the day. With time to explore on our...  more »
  • The museum has artistic and archaeological heritage of the Abbey of Montserrat. Permanent exhibitions of the history of the Monastery with representative artworks of each period, including works by.....  more »
  • Madeleine by Casas, The Old Fisherman by Picasso, Monet. A small museum with works by so many important artists. There is a section with religious icons.  more »
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  • It’s a nice little gallery with some big hitters on the walls. Admittedly for me the best thing about this (with a 9-month old in early July) was the air conditioning, bliss. Well worth the €8 entry. Joking aside it’s a good addition to the walk around the church.
  • Surprisingly good, some real world-class art here. And some Egyptian and neolithoc pieces at the end.
  • Small museum on 2 levels. It cost €8. Its was quite and plenty of space to view the paintings. No real rushing crowds. Air conditioning was a bonus in the 32 degree outside heat. I didn't get the audio tour and that may have been a mistake as my phone ran out of battery looking up paintings. Picasso, Dali, Monet, Degas, Rusinol, Casas, Noneli, Mir are just a few. Caravaggio's Saint Jerome in Meditation was on loan to another museum. In actual fact there were about 5 paintings out on loan. The best part for me being Irish, was the Sean Scully painting, Oisin's Mountain at the end room with a video on the TV in the corner explaining about the work he completed for Santa Cecilia de Montserrat which unfortunately we did not get to visit. My favourite painting was by Jaime Sunico called Monk, located beside the Scully painting. There was a section on Ancient World. Nice to see but not my thing. They even have an Egyptian mummy. There was also a room of different works showcasing the Black Madonna. Well worth a visit if you are into art.
  • While not part of the abbey and, thus, under no obligation to be free, this small museum, with a commensurately small fee, boasts a really impressive collection that covers from the ancient up to the impressionists. The museum is quite approachable and a visit doesn't need to take up too much time.
  • Worth of a visit. Allow 2 hours, walk slowly, enjoy. The paintings collection also shows pieces of sound names (Picasso, Monet) and it's inevitable to note that their works were no special - rather mediocre - among other masters of art shown here.

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