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Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares)
Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares)

Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares)

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Placa de Sant Iu, 5-6, Barcelona, Ciutat Vella, 08002

The Basics

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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