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Sacred Art Museum

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Address: Rua Bispo 21, Funchal, Madeira 9000-073, Portugal
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+351 291 228 900
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 13:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Housed in a former bishop's palace, this museum houses an extensive...

Housed in a former bishop's palace, this museum houses an extensive collection of masterpieces by Flemish artists from the 15th and 16th centuries.

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There was a lot more to see in this museum than we expected.

There are numerous 15th & 16th Century Flemish paintings and Church silverware and a small number of vestments.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Burnley, United Kingdom
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Undoubtedly a first class collection of mainly Flemish religious art. The entrance fee is very modest so if you are interested in this type of art, you will consider an hour here an absolute bargain and a gem of a find. If not, you may find some of the art quite sombre. It is not a busy museum.

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are numerous 15th & 16th Century Flemish paintings and Church silverware and a small number of vestments.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

If you're a fan of religious art (and we are) then this is a rare and unexpected gem tucked in Funchal. There is something quite beautiful in taking religious statuary and painting and making it accessible in a museum environment where you can marvel at the detail in the artwork. This museum has a beautiful range of art at a... More 

Thank Martin V
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Some lovely pieces on display with a short explanation in your chosen language. Well worth a visit if you like religious art.

Thank blover
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

While the Flemish art is perhaps the most (justly) famous aspect of the collection, spare more than a glance for St George & the dragon, the last supper, and the tetracotta St Sebastian.

Thank Graham C
Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

If you are pushed for time make sure you don't miss the Flemish works of art on the top floor which are said to be among the best in Europe. The rest of the museum has lots of beautiful silver work amongst other things. The sugar trade provided many of these Flemish works in the 15th & early 16th centuries... More 

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

For the small sum of 5 euros you can see some of the most beautiful works of art from the 1500's and the most amazing collection of silver church items I have ever seen.

Thank Paula W
Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

There are a number of paintings from the Flemish and Portuguese schools taken from island churches. Additionally some very fine religious artefacts such as thuribles and incense boats. Unless you have a particular interest in these, the tour may not be for you.

Thank Paul B
Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

Interesting building on several floors. As the title suggests full of religious treasures. A few were interesting but it is a sombre place. Items well described in English and Portuguese but no guided tours. Should not really have gone, there are many other more uplifting and interesting religious venues.

Thank djpend
Lahti, Finland
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

This museum is a lovely place to see old statues and paintings of Sacred Art. There's a lot to see, not too much.

Thank HanneleH

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