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“Outstanding”
Review of Palau March Museu

Palau March Museu
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Owner description: This museum is home to the Bartolomé March Foundation's collection of art and books. It is situated in the heart of Palma de Mallorca's historic old town.The museum is located in Palau March palace, and has a collection of contemporary sculpture on display in the patios, with outstanding works by artists such as Rodin, Moore and Chillida. It also has a series of 40 religious sculptures in polychromed wood. One of the rooms contains an 18th-century crib from Naples, with more than 1,000 dressed, painted pieces, while in the Book Room you can see manuscripts, incunabula and codices, as well as a unique collection of nautical maps from the 15th-17th centuries.
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“Outstanding”
Reviewed 27 July 2013

This is a wonderful array of art and sculpture. As you arrive the sculptures keep you in the garden for a bit longer. The building is really worth a view alone but they have some worthy pieces on display not to mention the Dali. This is very close to the Cathedral but seems to be sadly missed by the masses. Don't miss it, it's the best museum in Palma.

Visited July 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Peaceful, cultural escape from the crowds.”
Reviewed 23 July 2013

On a hot July day we there were only two other visitors so we had the whole place to ourselves. It's set in an old palace with an elevated courtyard containing a number of good sculptures (including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth) and which gives great views across the town. Lovely to just sit and contemplate!

Inside had, at the time of our visit, a Dali exhibition together with the permanent collection which includes a number of old maps which we found quite fascinating.

Well worth the €4.50 entrance charge.

Visited July 2013
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Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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“Top Rate”
Reviewed 28 February 2013

This place is so close to l'Almudaina Royal Palace & the Cathedral it really ought to be included in even the shortest tour of Palma. Subtitled Fundacion Bartolme March, it is often confused with the Contemporary Spanish Art Museum (Foundation Juan March) near Placa Mayor. Juan & Bartolme were father and son, both amongst the worlds richest people and both avid modern art collectors. The wealth shows in both buildings which are fabulous - but of the two, Palau March is much bigger.

Palau March was only built in the 1940's as a millionaires family residence, but in a style which perfectly complements the surrounding buildings of the Old Town. As you would expect, no expense was spared: even the interior doors are hand carved. Only opened to the public in 2003, it's a fascinating place, especially the music room, which overlooks the courtyard and contains the original 1940's murals by Josep Martia Sert, with carnival scenes and acrobats. I looked at the window drapings for some while before realising there were plaster, not fabric.

You enter the building via rooms containing various 18th century minature Neapolitan 'nativity scenes'. Like much of the art of the time, the religious element was really an excuse to make clothed models of everyday scenes - you have to look very carefully to find the baby Jesus, though the three wise men are a little more prominent. The finely detailed workmanship on the 2000 figures and their surroundings is remarkable and they have been excellently displayed.

Further inside the house are artworks by a number of 20th century masters, like Dali, as well as an interesting display of 16th century Mallorcan maps. The main stairwell contains a obelisk which looks almost Egyptian at first glance - then you realise it's a modern art installation.

The main attraction for us was the terrace/ loggia from which you have great views of l'Almudaina, the Cathedal & right across the harbour area. On the terrace is a terrific, and seemingly ever changing, collection of modern scultpure by world renowned masters, including Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore & Barbara Hepworth.

We enjoyed our visit to Palau March more than l'Almudaina Palace opposite and actually spent much more time there. We can thoroughly recommend a visit.

Visited February 2013
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Poole
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“Go for the Views”
Reviewed 5 November 2012

The sculptures outside were fantastic - Hepworth and Rodin to name just two artists. Inside, there were Dali paintings and a very impressive and outrageously elaborate historic nativity. The art is a good reason to go. The house itself is also very impressive and worth the entry. But, the best thing about the whole museum is the gorgeous views from the balcony. I really recommend stopping in, even if you only have 1/2 hour.

Visited October 2012
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Alaró, Spanien
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“Museum”
Reviewed 13 October 2012

For many years a worth visit to the museum of the Banca March.
Various excellent exhibitions during the year with paintings and sculptures from highclass Artists ariund the world.

Visited June 2012
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