Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares) Tours
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The quirky onetime abode of eccentric traveler Frederic Marès is now a museum devoted to his lifetime collection of artifacts—a fascinating space crammed with an eclectic array of curiosities. Opened by Marès in 1948, the Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Marès) was bequeathed to the city upon his death in 1991 and has become one of Barcelona’s most distinctive attractions.
If you’re looking for a glimpse into the lifestyle of Barcelona’s upper class in the 20th century, the Museu Sentinel collection of clothing, accessories, toys, and smoking paraphernalia offers a unique perspective. Marès had a particular interest in medieval Spanish sculpture—a highlight of the collection. Visitors can choose a basic admission ticket to the museum or opt for a Barcelona Card, which includes entrance or discounts to several other top attractions and free travel on Barcelona’s metro and city buses.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Frederic Marès Museum is perfect for history buffs and those looking to get off the beaten path.
- Give yourself about 90 minutes to explore the museum collection.
- All but two rooms of the museum are accessible to wheelchairs, which are available to rent.
How to Get There
The easiest way to reach the museum, located in the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), is to take the Barcelona Metro (line 4) to Jaume I station. The hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus also stops nearby.
When to Get There
The museum collection is open Tuesday to Sunday throughout the year, with shorter hours on Sundays and holidays. Visit on a warm afternoon to take advantage of the air-conditioning and enjoy a cool drink in the museum’s shady courtyard café. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month.
The Man Behind the Museum
Born in 1893, Frederic Marès moved to Barcelona as a young boy, later graduating from the School of Fine Arts. He began sculpting as a young professor at the university and developed a specialty in monumental sculpture. After the Spanish Civil War, Marès spent much of his time restoring destroyed statues and buildings.
Address: Placa de Sant Iu, 5-6, Barcelona, Ciutat Vella 08002, Spain
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares)
Make the most of Barcelona for less with the great-value Barcelona Card. Choose a 3-, 4-, or 5-day Barcelona city pass, and enjoy money-saving deals on a host of sights and activities. Gain free or discounted entry to more than 20 top visitor attractions, including the National Art Museum of Catalonia and Picasso Museum; enjoy savings at other attractions; and get free travel on Barcelona transport services, including the metro and buses. Plus, get a free city metro map and over 80 special offers at select shops, restaurants, and outlets.
You just enjoy, take pictures, learn and inmers in that beautiful city. The tour is mostly on pedestrian streets, the ones of the Gothic Quarter and other neighborhoods of the historical district in Barcelona oldtown. Walk with a local around the historical neighborhoods of Barcelona, enjoying its charm as well as discovering its long history, old traditions and modern trendy business. We'll visit the main sites in Gothic Quarter, later La Rambla and Boqueria market. And still will have time to see Sagrada Familia during the tour to marvel with the most iconic building in Barcelona, the church designed by the architect Gaudi a century ago (tickets to the interior are not included). As an extension to this tour, you may book for Sagrada Familia skip-the-line private tour, or just tell me and I'll book your entrance tickets if you wish.
Did you get tired of your last trip? Are you feeling stress when traveling? This Slow Tour seeks to offer the sensation of discovering the heritage, the food, and the local culture in the most genuine way possible. Discover secrets only locals know. We propose you to know a part of Ciutat Vella, the heart of the city, the oldest nucleus and one of the most beautiful areas of Barcelona. Born over the remains of the Roman Barcino, medieval Barcelona led to the construction of churches and Gothic palaces that led to the disappearance of most of the Romanesque remains. Its narrow and labyrinthine medieval streets make up the ideal scenario to enjoy the city center without hurry, reveling in the remains that are preserved from the glorious past of the city. What are we going to show you? Unique sites, full of history, with charm and authentic, because they are places lived by the people who lived and live in the neighborhood. We show you off-the-beaten-path locations.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Let yourself be enchanted by the most charming corners of exciting Barcelona. We will explore hidden secrets that even locals are unaware of. We will discover architecture, history and legends, avoiding the crowds of tourists and the well-beaten paths. We will enjoy impressive 360 ° views of the entire city. The visit will be totally intimate and personalized, with a group of maximum four people. Our trip begins in the "Palau de la Música" in the "Born" neighborhood, architectural pearl of modernism. We will continue towards the "Gothic" quarter, one of Europe's finest medieval treasures. We will stroll through a labyrinth of alleys and elegant palaces, you will feel like you are living in an episode of Game of Thrones. We will climb an old bell tower where you will experience incredible panoramic views of the city, the mountains and the beach.
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