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MNAC – National Art Museum of Catalonia

National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)

Barcelona has many museums, but the MNAC is one of the largest in the city and even in Spain. It is situated on Montjuïc in the Palau Nacional; a huge, Italian-style building dating back to 1929. The MNAC (Museum National d’Art de Catalunya) contains incredible collections of Catalan art spanning 1000 years from the Romanesque period to the mid-twentieth century. It is a must-visit for any art lover or for those interested in learning a bit more about Catalan history.

The beginnings of the museum started in 1880 and the collection has now grown to over 250,000 pieces. In 1990 it was declared a national museum after bringing together collections from two museums (one with work from the Romanesque and Gothic period and the other with 19th – 20th-century work). The museum features many pieces from some of the most famous Catalan artists including PICASSO, GAUDÍ, and DALÍ.

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MNAC (Museum National d’Art de Catalunya) situated in the stunning building on Montjuic hill where you can also view the MAGIC FOUNTAIN every weekend. Inside, the pieces take you through the history of Catalan art across the region. Highlights include the Romanesque collection where you can see frescoes displayed in replicas of the churches they were originally stored in. The modern art collection features sculptures and photography from artists including Gaudí, known throughout BARCELONA for his iconic modernist architecture.

There is a lot to see so make sure you give yourself enough time to see it all so you can fully enjoy all the art on display.


 ‘Second Canvas Museu Nacional’, a new way of exploring the museum

Discover a new way of visiting the museum, by downloading the Second Canvas Museu Nacional app, with which you will be able to explore the works through ultra-high-resolution images with interactive storytelling, or make an audio-guided tour. The Second Canvas application allows you to make an audio-guided tour of the museum’s 20 outstanding works, in nine different languages: Catalan, Castilian, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese.

 How to get there

Address: Palau Nacional Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona, Spain. From Plaça Espanya head down Avinguda Maria Cristina and you will straight away see the museum, continue up via the escalators or if you’re feeling particularly fit, take the stairs.

Public Transports :

    • Metro: L1, L3 (Plaça Espanya)
    • Bus: 150, 13, 55
    • FGC: L8, S33, S4, S8, R5, R50, R6, R60

Opening hours :

  • Winter opening times: October to April, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Sundays and public holidays, 10 am to 3 pm.
  • Summer opening times: May to September, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sundays and public holidays, 10 am to 3 pm.
  • Mondays closed, except public holidays.
  • Annual closing: January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th.


Additional information:


  • Adults € 12 (valid for two days)
  • Concessions get 30% discount
  • Free for children under 16

Free entry :

  • Saturdays, from 3 pm onwards
  • the first Sunday of each month
  • 18 May, the International Day of Museums
  • 11 September, the national day of Catalonia

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