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The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (Catalan pronunciation: [muˈzɛw nəsi.uˈnal ˈdaɾd də kətəˈluɲə], English: "National Art Museum of Catalonia"), abbreviated as MNAC, is the national museum of Catalan visual art located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Situated on Montjuïc hill at the end of Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, near Pl Espanya, the museum is especially notable for its outstanding collection of romanesque church paintings, and for Catalan art and design from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including modernisme and noucentisme. The museum is housed in the Palau Nacional, a huge, Italian-style building dating to 1929. The Palau Nacional, which has housed the Museu d'Art de Catalunya since 1934, was declared a national museum in 1990 under the Museums Law passed by the Catalan Government. That same year, a thorough renovation process was launched to refurbish the site, based on plans drawn up by the architects Gae Aulenti and Enric Steegmann, who were later joined in the undertaking by Josep Benedito. The Oval Hall was reopened in 1992 on the occasion of the Olympic Games, and the various collections were installed and opened over the period from 1995 (when the Romanesque Art section was reopened) to 2004. The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (Museu Nacional) was officially inaugurated on 16 December 2004. It is one of the largest museums in Spain.
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After the long, hot queue to get in (next time I'd buy tickets in advance) it was a beautiful museum. It felt very uncrowded and spacious. The architecture and views are as lovely as the exhibits. I'm a fan of contemporary art and I preferred this museum to MACBA which I visited the day before.
Stumbled upon this almost by accident. The building looks awesome and the location is amazing. Just climb up the hill and you can see the whole Barcelona. As for the collection, I was also impressed. No regrets visiting this.
Amazing encyclopedic art museum; you need time to see it properly, but it's definitely worthy. Romanesque painting area is a must-see in Barcelona! There is not many eople, it is a pleasure to see the exhibition rooms calmly. The plus: great views from the roof terrace!
High on the hill looking over the city; Barcelona puts its cultural and historical treasures almost literally on a pedestal. Glory to a people who care about their past as much as they do their future. For the avid traveler, the gallery is informative, thoughtful and easy to digest. Whilst the gallery doesn’t hold a large amount of well known pictures; one must remember that the fame of art can be a fashion; and when viewed in the suggested order the pictures they do have tell a surprising well structured narrative about Catalan and Spanish society.
Well worth visiting. loads of things to see and the building is incredible. In such a stunning place behind the magic fountain. Would recommend to anyone thinking of going to see it.
What a wonderful day at this museum. Such a variety of types of artwork. Who knew I'd love the modern art? If going I recommend taking the 150 bus at the magic fountain all the way up to the top of the mountain and the castle and walk back down to the museum.
Beautiful place to hang out even of you decide not to visit de Museum. One of the best Panorama views in Barcelona, direct view on the city and its landscapes. Small kiosk by the entrance selling items designed from Salvador Dali artpieces. There is also a cafe and a terrace if you decide to have a drink or a coffee. Nice park to go for a stroll. Easy access as there are escalators to go up and down.
Great museum with an extensive are collecting extending to modern art. The entry is free after 3 on Saturdays, so make use of that. If you are lucky like me, you might also catch a concert while visiting!
My husband and I visited here on our last day in Barcelona. We stayed at a B&B nearby and walked to the museum. I enjoyed the various room/eras and learned a lot about artists of Catalunya. The pieces were amazing. Side note: I even showed proof that I was a (graduate) student and received a discount on the entrance fee. This was a great place to visit on our short (2-day) trip to Barcelona. The fountain outside is really nice, too. There's a fountain directly in front of the museum and one that's a bit further, but it's also in front. A must-see to experience more of the Catalunyan culture.
Worth the climb! The amazing view from the circle all the way to the front steps and back down again. The view from the top is worth it alone if you don't like museums. There are escalators if stairs are to much for you.
It's not a world-class museum but is a place worth seeing, particularly if free (on Saturdays after 3pm and the first Sunday of each month). There are great views over the city from the front of the museum. Inside, staff are helpful and there are descriptions in English. The Romanesque collection is said to be the highlight - the wall paintings of local churches about a thousand years ago have been transplanted here in their vivid colours. There are also a few Picasso paintings and other modern art.
The Museum is a huge beautiful building in the middle of a garden and very close to the one of most popular streets in Barcelona. It has a beautiful fountain in front and another one at the end of the stairs. It's a nice place to take a great picture.
Beautiful museum in a beautiful setting. Lovely selection of art from various time periods. Would recommend if in Barcelona. If you have 50 euros to spend on a meal the I'd highly recommend the restaurant
A nice way to spend an hour or two while in Barcelona. A place where you can see some art and learn some history. Bring your camera so you can take some pictures. The location also provides a good overview of the city. Lots of people can be seen sitting on the stairs outside of the museum. They had a huge auditorium where you could sit and take a break. There was also a cafe to grab something to drink or eat inside if you wanted. The museum is not free so you will have to buy tickets to go inside. The architecture outside and inside it pretty too.
One of the nicest art galleries I have visited. It took me almost 3 hrs to go around the place and see each of the works they have. entire place is separated into few sections. The one on Renaissance contains a lot of exhibits and information on works done in Catalonia itself and how they developed over time. By not trying to cover entire epoch and concentrating on art in this Spanish region makes entire presentation quite interesting.The section on modern art doesn't separate paintings, photos and other art form from each other - but displays them together when showing appropriate periods. It is done to explain how they influenced each other developed over time, which makes for another great experience when you walking around. Also at front entrance you get great panorama view on Barcelona itself. For the price you pay it is probably one of the best places to visit while you are in Barcelona.
Wonderful building very nice garden. Interesting exhibitions, the shop for tourist is worth to visit even you do not want to visit the museum. The staff is young enthusiastic and speak English very well. The 2 euros for visiting the teras is not the best idea, but you can visit the building itself for free. If you feel to high to climb up, there is a lovely little cafe outside with an old guy who is very nice.
We went on a Saturday after 15:00 because entrance is free at that time. I didn't enjoy the museum much. It has Romanesque, Baroque, and modern art exhibits. Except one sculpture and a few paintings that took my breath away, the rest was not impressive. Not worth paying 12€ for entrance.
Amazing interior and exterior. Art is very interesting and there is good information provided. But please ask the security guards to be more polite. When there is no signage, foreign visitors are operating with little information and there is no point in being rude and snapping at us if we don't understand the conventions of your Museum. At closing time please leave an opportunity for gallery visitors to take a pee before they leave the premises. Closing interior washrooms and attempting to rudely chase out ladies lined up for the washroom nearest the door means that a very pleasant experience is ruined by that last bad memory. Please give floor plans to the information people to hand out or refer visitors to. We missed the info desk on the way in and had to return through several sets of stairs for a planol. Totally unnecessary.
I love this place! One of the best places to see Barcelona. The city, as if on the palm of your hand. Probably the best view of the city will be in the mountains or on a high-rise building. I advise you to visit the same museum, a good place to bring your children here. I like to just come here for the mood or inspiration. There are a lot of people going to celebrate the new year, eat twelve grapes and make a wish, as well as look at the splendid salute.