Museo Mandralisca
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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Sandra B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I would never recommend this museum as it was a very disappointing experience. It contained a mix of random objects such as stuffed animals, dark and depressing paintings, shells and modern sculptures. There was no consistency in the collection and I felt that they just had collections so as to fill the rooms. I expected that the building would have a historical character but this was non existent, except one room behind a rope barricade. The cost of 8euro was excessive and the woman at the entrance was rude and unpleasant. There was no information regarding the history of the museum itself in English except a laminated sheet at the entrance. After purchasing our tickets and returning to the entrance I tried to read this sheet but I was treated poorly and loudly refused. Obviously this ticket seller had my money and no longer had to pretend to have manners. Overall a horrible experience.
Written 16 April 2024
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barbara b
Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
The museum is worth a visit mainly for the splendid Portrait of an Unknown by Antonello da Messina, a piece that belongs to the highlights of italian renaissance painting. This unique work is well presented.
The rest of the experience is rather disappointing due in part to the rather minor and mixed collections (which in short follow the Wunderkammer program and contain some fascinating pieces from antiquity) and in part to their rather neglected shape and presentation. A sharp selection of the best pieces and a more profiled presentation might help. The museum is run by a foundation. Entrance fee relatively high given the state of things.

Check the opening times, longer break around noon.
Written 1 January 2023
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,176 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This is the only museum in Cefalù, and it was started as a private collection by Baron Enrico Pirajno of Mandralisca, who collected numerous art objects by placing them in his home, where they are still found today.

The museum is rather eclectic: you can see here paintings, Greek vases and other archaeological findings, furniture, Egyptian ushabtis, coins, a malacological collection, stuffed animals.

The unmissable works are:
- "Ritratto d'ignoto marinaio" (portrait of an unknown sailor), by Antonello da Messina. The dating is controversial (1465 or 1470-1472), and the person depicted is unknown, perhaps a noble or wealthy fifteenth-century character
- San Giovanni Battista (St. John the Baptist), recently found and restored, attributed to Giovanni Antonio Sogliani from the early 1500s.
- Saints Helena and Constantine, panel by the painter Giovanni Mosco
Written 5 December 2022
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Jasmine C
Beaucaire, France57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Really enjoyed the architecture of this museum .They have been working really hard to renovate this palace. Inside you can find some modern and art deco furniture. A beautiful terrasse overlook the sea .
Beautiful experience
Written 27 May 2022
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Sissi
Gateshead, UK225 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
It is a nice museum but to be honest, I thought it was not worth the entry. There is so much more to do in Cefalu' (which is a museum on it's own). There are some nice paintings, a library, some puppets and pots (all museums have pots!) but it didn't seem to have a common theme or tried to tell a story. It was all brought together with not background. I did not enjoy the visit but for some it might be the right thing.
Written 12 May 2022
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Christopher C
Gravesend, UK176 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Found it to be expensive, 8 euros per person. Spent about 45 minutes here, some good paintings and artefacts. Some information plaques in English some not.
Written 26 September 2019
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BPJH
Chiang Rai, Thailand149 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The paintings on display are not particularly interesting or beautiful, though the Unknown Man by Messina is worth seeing - if only to decide where you stand on the question of what the facial expression projects. There's some nice furniture, interesting ancient pots (the fishmonger and his customer is a treat), thousands of named shells, stuffed animals and birds, but it's not a world-class collection by any means. Fine building.
Written 19 September 2019
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Robert B
Vimoutiers74 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Museum worth visiting just to see the 'Portrait d'Homme' by Antonella da Messina. Painted before Da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa' yet just as enigmatic. The rest of the museum is quite interesting particularly the shell collection. Pity that the objects on display are only described in Italian - visitors would welcome some transalation.
Written 11 September 2019
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Surrey 13
London, UK1,337 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
Worth a visit but costs 8E to get it. A mix of paintings, glass ware, crockery and stuffed animals. It is a private museum
Written 9 September 2019
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Gráinne O
Achill Island, Ireland98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
I went in here on a rainy day and it was a nice way to spend an hour. Easy to find and get around. Well laid out.
Written 30 May 2019
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