The Museu Frederic Marès is a unique collecting museum that preserves the collections assembled by its founder, sculptor Frederic Marès (1893-1991), which came to form part of the patrimony of the city of Barcelona through his donation in 1946. Two years later, this museum was inaugurated in a part of the old Royal Palace of the Counts of Barcelona in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. Its original Verger or courtyard garden, still remains intact.

Frederic Marès turned sculpture into something beyond his artistic calling. Throughout his lifetime he amassed an extensive Hispanic sculpture collection which ranged from the ancient world until the 19th century, in which religious polychromed carvings predominated. This now makes up the most uniform section of the museum. Marès also donated part of his own sculptural oeuvre, which is on display in his Library-study.

The Collector's Cabinet is the home to a display of tens of thousands of objects that make up a vast collection of collections that documents past lifestyles and customs, mainly from the 19th century. There you can find amusing, unique items like fans, pipes, clocks, jewellery, photographs, toys, keys, pharmacy bottles and reliquaries, all presented in an intimate atmosphere evoking Marès private universe.

Opening Hours:

From Tuesday to Saturday: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sundays and holidays: from 11.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Monday: closed, except holidays
Access to the rooms up to 30 minutes before closing
Annual closing days
January 1 (New Year's Eve)
May 1 (Work party)
June 24 (Sant Juan)
25th December, Christmas)
Open day
Santa Eulàlia
International Museum Day (May 18)
La Mercè (September 24)

Contact us:

  Plaça Sant Lu, 5
       08002 Barcelona (ES)

  (34) 932 563 500

GPS Coordinates: 41.38445, 2.17655

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