Frederic Marès Museum

Museu Frederic Marès (MFM)

Being a sculptor and an ardent collector himself, Frederic Marès lived a long life (1893-1991) and managed to get a huge collection of pretty much everything, what interested him at least a little bit, starting from Roman-time items up to the 19th century. The private collection was initially presented to the city in 1946. The entrance to the museum, located in a building, which is a part of the Royal Palace, can be found on a tiny Sant Iu square, which rarely sees any sunlight, shadowed by the nearby-standing Barcelona Cathedral, with a Gothic portal, opening on the same square and having the same name. Curiously enough, this very building previously housed inquisition headquarters, which is proven by the coat-of-arms over its entrance. To get into the museum one has to walk through a nice inner court with trees and a humble fountain. This place was once occupied by a fruit garden. Nowadays there is a pretty Café de l’Estiu, where it is pleasant to chill out in the shade, especially in hot weather.

Marès’ huge and somewhat haphazard collection consists of two main parts. The first one is devoted to sculpture, which the collector had especially warm feelings about. It is found on the first two floors and covers a period from Roman items to the 19th century. Gothic wooden sculptures of the Virgin Mary and a crucifix are worth taking a look at. The second part of the collection, the so-called "Collector’s study", includes clothes, interior items, 18th-19th-century jewelry, toys, smoking pipes, theatre posters, daguerreotypes, etc. The room, the sculptor’s ex-studio, exhibits his own works. The collection presents a museum of Spanish everyday life, providing an opportunity to imagine the life of people in all its variety through centuries.

Address: Plaça de Sant lu, 5-6
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 10 am - 7 pm, Sun and holidays 11 am - 8 pm, Mon closed, except for holidays; closed on January 1, May 1, June 24, December 25
How to reach: metro Jaume I
Coordinates: 41.38441, 2.17659