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Museo Mandralisca

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Address: Via Mandralisca 13, 90015 Cefalu, Sicily, Italy
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+39 0921 421547
09:00 - 19:00
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Home to the painting Portrait of an Unknown Man by Renaissance master...

Home to the painting Portrait of an Unknown Man by Renaissance master Antonello da Messina.

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A range of artefacts!

We enjoyed our visit to this museum as there was such a range of exhibits on display. We enjoyed the works of art, the archaeological section but most of all the shell... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2016
Norwich, United Kingdom
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London, Canada
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

a small museum, not that well laid out and signage could be more complete but hs some interesting Roman era pottery and some interesting small wooden cabinets

Thank teresa733
South Glos. England
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

You should visit - the view is excellent - the museum was wonderful. Based on the principle of austerity the museum contains day to day objects that would otherwise be lost. Free to enter - donation requested.

Thank PatC28
Molinella, Italy
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Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

This small museum is worth a trip, even if it only would be for the Antonello da Messina portrait! Absolute highlight of western art . We had the fortune to have one of the ushers showing us around, explaining the collection and it's history with deep knowledge and enthusiasm. In great contrast with the grumpy lady selling the tickets... It... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 August 2016

We enjoyed our visit to this museum as there was such a range of exhibits on display. We enjoyed the works of art, the archaeological section but most of all the shell collection.The Portrait of the Unknown Man from 1470 was of particular interest with his enigmatic smile. We also appreciated the artefacts from Roman times especially the candle holders.... More 

Thank HilaryW971
sanctuary cove
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

This museum is a little overlooked if you're in Cefalu as the town is so invitingly outdoorsy and sunny. But there are real treasures in this small museum, including some beautiful rare coins clearly showing their details.

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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

Visited this museum on my day in Cefalu. On narrow street, Via Mandralisca. Entry charge of about 10 euros, if I remember correctly. Lavish floor tiles, as you might expect in Italy. Very worthwhile visit, and there are chairs for visitors to sit on if one gets weary. Stairs and steps to floors above street level. Some very grandiose things... More 

Thank Mary-Ann O
Kidderminster, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

Easily missed down one of the many narrow cobbled streets in the heart of the old town, a visit is rewarding. Many interesting pictures (one or two quite famous). Many artefacts from the area, including a collection ancient coins.

Thank John327270
Cancun, Mexico
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

it's impossible, to go to CEFALU' and dont to visit this Museum, inside there is all you search about arabic and normann culture.

Thank Rocco P
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 May 2016

The museum was founded by the Baron of Mandralisca in the 19th century. It contains many works of art including Antonello da Messina's portrait of an unknown man, very Mona Lisa like! There is a vast library, coins, ceramics, pottery, stuffed birds, sea shells. I found it very interesting.

1 Thank Paul H
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

The Museum Mandralisca in Cefalu, is an extraordinary place, after almost two centuries, it pefectly preserve the richness of preserved collections, the malacological one, the archaeological, the amazing library, the magnificent art gallery with the unmatched unknown portrait of Antonello da Messina. The museum is a real treasure.

Thank wendy c

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