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Museo Nacional Art Catalunya MNAC in Palau Nacional

MNAC art museum in Montjuïc, Barcelona. Collections of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque plus Catalan Modern Art. Tickets & discounts

Updated: Jul 5, 2024 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 1.7k

About Museo Nacional Art Catalunya MNAC

The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Known locally as MNAC is a large national art Museum located in the Palau Nacional building in Montjuïc mountain at the top of the Montjuïc Magic Fountains and Fira 1 complex.

MNAC houses an expansive collection of Medieval Romanesque Art and Gothic Art that is considered to be one of the largest. The MNAC museum also has halls dedicated to Renaissance and Baroque Art, as well as Modern Catalan Art from the 19th and 20th century in the form of posters, Drawings and prints.

The collection of Romanesque Art from the 11th to 13th centuries is made up of an exceptional set of mural paintings and a rich collection of panel paintings, the biggest and oldest in Europe.

Palau Nacional & MNAC History

The Palau National was built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, the construction of which was inspired by the main dome of the Vatican and the four towers inspired by the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostella.

For the 1929 International Expo, the Palau national housed Art works and from 1934 has housed the Museum of National Art of Catalunya (MNAC).

Between 1996 and 2004, the palace was extended to accommodate the National Art Museum's entire collection.

The Palau Nacional is organised around a large central luminous atrium with the inside of the central dome being decorated with frescos. The atrium connects to the multiple halls that house the art collections.

Contained within the building is an arena type room called the Sala Oval that was conceived as a space for the hosting of great events such as the opening ceremony for 1929 world fair. When you visit the museum you can enter and sit down and enjoy the view of the arena space with the Pipe Organ at one end.

Because the Palau Nacional construction was rushed for the 1929 International Exhibition, the building has undergone multiple refurbishments to correct defects. The roof was also damaged during the Civil War (1936 to 1939). The roof and structural repairs were carried out from 1960 to 1980 under Italian architect Gae Aulenti. From 1990 to 2000, under Enric Steegman, additional repairs were performed. In 2009 titanium bars were imbedded inside the structure to definitively correct cracks.

Visiting Museo Nacional Art Catalunya MNAC

This museum is one of the hidden gems of Barcelona and possibly more famous for the views enjoyed by millions of tourists looking down on the Magic Fountains. I highly recommend spending time inside even if you are not an art lover because there are plenty of rooms with diverse collections covering all periods.

The entry ticket is valid to visit any two days within a one month period after purchase. Discounted rates for students, seniors and children are also available on the website.

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya MNAC Opening Hours

What to take with you for Museo Nacional Art Catalunya MNAC

Once inside the museum, the access to the majority of the spaces is adapted for people with reduced mobility.

There are lifts and stair-climbing platforms. The Customer Service staff will guide you and activate the platforms to make it easier for you to move around.

In the cloakroom you will find a loan service for pushchairs, wheelchairs and folding chairs.

Bicycle anchorage outside MNAC next to the escalators, at 41.368665, 2.152108.

Museo Nacional Art Catalunya MNAC Tickets

Tip: Don't forget your smartphone and headphones for the audio guide.

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Getting to Museo Nacional Art Catalunya MNAC

Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuic S/N, Barcelona. 08038

Nearest TMB Metro is Plaça España on the green (L3) and Red L1) lines. You will see MNAC at the top of the hill through the Venetian towers. There are escalators between the different levels of the terraced ascent. Use a T-Casual or Hola-Barcelona travel card.

The Barcelona Bus Touristic RED route has a stop at the top of Montjuïc hill in the parking to the side of the MNAC Palau Nacional building.

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