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Museo Mandralisca

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Home to the painting Portrait of an Unknown Man by Renaissance master Antonello da Messina.
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Via Mandralisca 13, 90015, Cefalu, Sicily, Italy
+39 0921 421547
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Reviewed December 20, 2018

This is a three floor museum with paintings, furniture, archeological findings, a shell collection and coins! it was deserted when we visited, but is well worth the charge to enter. It would have been helpful to have a little more information in English. The most...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

This is a very interesting museum with a wide range of artefacts. There is a great mix of the old and the modern so the exhibits are not frozen in time. There are paintings, there are sculptures, there is furniture and a lovely ceramics exhibition.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Heather D
Reviewed July 30, 2018

This little museum is great, I didn't click 5 stars only because I wish it was just a little bigger and the price is as high as it should go. Many of the paintings were emotionally moving, some from as early as the 15th century....More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed May 4, 2018

Worth visiting to see the Antello da Messina masterpiece, but the very eclectic mix of the other odds and ends which have been collected and displayed in this museum makes an interesting diversion

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Glyn12
Reviewed January 13, 2018

Perhaps not for everyone, but I spent several hours here and found this strange museum a thorough delight. It is not the kind of place you expect to see famous paintings- it has only one, the (for me) sexy Messina, and much of the rest...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed November 18, 2017 via mobile

As others have said there is one masterpiece in this museum by Antonello da Messina. This was our only reason for visiting. The rest is a strange mix- ancient artefacts, third rate art, seashells and stuffed birds. Not worth 6 euros.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Douglas645
Reviewed October 26, 2017

Man with the smiling face is about it - intriguing painting. Rest is a little disappointing to be honest - good coin collection, good sea shell collection if these are of interest.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank rover257
Reviewed October 25, 2017

The museum is based on a personal collection and so has some oddities (a room full of shells) plus a packed room of ancient pottery. This being Sicily, that crosses a lot of cultures and there are some stand-out Greek vases. The library looks wonderful,...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 21, 2017

We stayed not far from the station area, very narrow uneven pavements to get to the historical centre. Not recommended for persons with walking difficulties or prams.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Dorothy C
Reviewed September 24, 2017

This museum, unlike many, is a personal collection, thus contains a divers variety of objects & paintings. Its main treasure was said to be a medieval painting of a smiling man, "comparable to the Mona Lisa". Men didn't like to be seen smiling in the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Amy R
January 22, 2018|
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Response from Peter B | Reviewed this property |
Hi Amy R, As I recall from last September, this museum/art gallery is one man's personal collection, as gentlemen in the C19 used to do. The objects displayed are not, as in a modern museum, well described with details of... More