Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC

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Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An art museum containing hundreds of pieces from the medieval age to the 19th century.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Sants-Montjuíc
How to get there
  • Parc de Montjuïc • 10 min walk
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paul n
Towaco, NJ22 contributions
Must See Barcelona
Aug 2021
You certainly get the most bang for your buck at this attractions. There is art dating back hundreds of years here. Also, a tip: try to visit this one early on because it is large and could take a couple of days to complete. Admissions gets you in for 30 days.
Written August 15, 2021
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rrlewis4
Chicago99 contributions
Excellent site to see in Barcelona
Aug 2021
Quick tip is to go after 3pm on a Saturday for free admission. You need to book the ticket online and show the QR code to get it. Beautiful building with two floors of artwork. The nearest metro stop in Espanya and then a short walk. Another tip is to use the escalators on the right side of the buildings to get to the top otherwise there are many stairs. Well worth 2 hours of your time and don't miss the airplane hanging from the ceiling. Highly recommend.
Written August 3, 2021
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M&M
Doha, Qatar884 contributions
Marvelous
Jan 2021
National Art Museum of Catalonia,is the national museum of Catalan visual art located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Situated on Montjuïc hill, 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.it’s an amazing walk up the museum. No rush as no much tourists, couldn’t get inside but was able to capture amazing photos.
Written January 3, 2021
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rdfone
42 contributions
Great Museum
Feb 2020
A definite world class museum.
Worth going.
If you get tickets before you leave, you can avoid the line. However the line was not long in February.
Written July 1, 2020
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periandro
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg6,657 contributions
Incredibly marvellous museum
Oct 2019
The National Art Museum of Catalonia is a fantastic museum inside an architecturally amazing building in the city of Barcelona, i.e. the Palau Nacional de Montjuic, which finds itself on a hill whose name is precisely “Hill of Montjuic”, from which one can enjoy one of the best views of the mentioned city. The building is a huge Italian classicist style palace whose construction was completed in 1929 under the architects Eugenio Cendoya and Enric Catà's design. The area of the Palace is nearly 50.000 square meters and its façade is quite impressive, particularly if looked at from some distance. It's therefore advisable to watch it from the nearby Plaza de España and then all the way towards the building itself while walking along the Reina Maria Cristina Avenue. In the very center of the building above the main entrance there is a large dome which reminds that of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. On each side end there is a smaller one in the same style and between these and the mentioned larger one there are four towers calling up those of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
The art works exhibited in that Museum are of a great value. They are grouped in different collections appertaining basically to romanesque, gothic, renaissance and baroque styles respectively, arranged in divers sets of rooms in different sections of the Museum. The great number of art works displayed makes a bit hard the contemplation in one single day of all of them in a way aligned with the high artistic qualities thereof. It's thus advisable not to push oneself to that point. On my visit to that Museum in October 2019 I personally had time only to watch the artworks contained in the sections dedicated to romanesque and gothic styles and decided to visit the rest of the Museum on a future occasion.
As far as the romanesque art works are concerned, One is quite impressed, for example, at the sight of the frescoes particularly from small rural churches in some valleys situated in the Pyreneees Mountains or nearby. In this regard, a scene concerning a feast with minstrels and jugglers is outstanding. It's quite surprising to find such a kind of pictorial representations in a religious context but it may perhaps refer to the celebrations linked to the temple consecration. Likewise, the Pantocrator or Almighty (Christ in Majesty) executed in the twelfh century, which used to be in the apse of a church called St. Climent de Taüll is a real masterpiece. There is also a large series dedicated to saints to which belongs the “Stoning of St. Stephen”. There it's possible to see also some altar stones like that beautiful one originated from the church of St. Marcel de Planès, behind which there is a nice little figure of Christ as he was on the cross (Crist d'Escaló) hanging on the wall. Both items date back to the second half of the twelfth century and it's worth watching them attentively. Another jewel in that section are the frescoes of the apse of the ancient monastery of St. Pere de Burgal.
In general, the visit to the section concerned is of the essence to learn about the Catalan romanesque style. In this sense one may realise that some religious works in that style contain bizantine elements, as those existing in the altar front part of Avià, which is a fabulous masterpiece most of whose traits show clearly the systematic use of a technique concerning the East Mediterranean art, such as the vividness and variety of colours and the pastillage décor on the background. Moreover, the majestic Virgin in the center of the retable is based upon the Greek type “Virgin Hodegetrià” (the one who shows the way). It's a great work before which one feels an indescribable sentiment. Likewise, the Oriental influence is evident in the magnificent front part of Baltraga, beautifully portraying the figure of Christ in the middle and depicting the martyrdom of St. Andrew, to whom the Baltraga church was dedicated, in one of its corners. That work is attributed to a Greek painter who signed one of his works as Master Alexander. Outstanding are also the paintings which decorated the chapterhouse of Sigena – an Aragonese nunnery which was unfortunately damaged by fire in the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939) – . That decoration is really imposing. Some relationship has been found between it and the mosaics made by Byzantine artists in the Palatine Chapel in Palermo and the Monrealy Cathedral (Sicily).
It ought to be pointed out as well that in the romanesque section concerned one can also see some samples of Copt fabrics originating from Egypt in the fifth century, such as some taffeta ligaments. It's very interesting to watch them carefully taking their great value into account.
The gothic artworks which can be admired in that Museum form also a gorgeous art collection appertaining to the period comprised between the end of the twelfth century and the fifteenth century. At that time Catalonia territorial power within the context of the Mediterranean Europe was at its utmost. Among the works contained in that section masterpieces by painters like Jaume Huguet, Lluís Dalmau, Bernat Martorell and Lluís Borrassà are outstanding.
As part of the gothic paintings, one can behold some superb murals about the conquest of Mallorca by Jaume I the Conqueror. They are dazzling and constitute one of the most relevant examples of the early Catalan gothic painting.
An important feature to be taken into consideration is the inclusion in the Catalan gothic painting in the second quarter of the fourteenth century of the great development of the Tuscan pictorial art, especially of that existing in Florence and Siena. Within that context the fabulous altarpiece portraying the Virgin and St. Anthony made of polychrome and gilded stone presumably in the workshop of Ferrer Bassa and his son Arnau can be inserted. Another splendid panel, a segment of a large retable, depicts the Adoration of the Shepherds. In the middle of the scene the Newborn portrayed in a peculiar way lies in a wooden manger. That scene contains likewise the images of St. Joseph and the Virgin as well as a female figure behind the latter who is supposed to be that of a midwife. Another wonderful work in that gothic section is what is thought to have been the top of a retable showing the Calvary. Particularly striking in that masterpiece is the magnificent pelican on the tree that grows from the cross.
In addition to the romanesque and gothic art collections to which the above statements refer one can behold in that Museum some wonderful works appertaining to the renaissance and baroque periods including some pictures from the Quattrocento and by masters of the Cinquecento, like Tiziano, as well as Spanish Golden Age paintings and rococo items. Among other paragons the Museum houses some paintings by the most reputed Spanish masters such as Diego Velázquez and Francisco de Goya, and works by great Flemish painters like Rubens and Lucas Cranach, as well as others by representatives of Modernisme (modern art collections): Antonio Gaudí and Ramón Casas, among others; and of the avant-garde movements like Picasso and Miró. Within the Modernisme style, some splendid interior design sets from exceptional architectural masterpieces, to wit Casa Amatller, Casa Lleó in Morera and Casa Batlló are also there encompassed.
Taking the foregoing into account, it's beyond any doubt that the visit to the National Art Museum of Catalonia is higly recommended while in Barcelona for any art lover who wishes to contemplate incredible masterpieces as those displayed there, ranging from the romanesque period to the mid twentieth century. Besides, it's an excellent way to learn about Catalan history.
Written May 28, 2020
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ10,776 contributions
Another vestige of the 1929 International Exposition
Sep 2019
My visit to Barcelona included only a brief visit to MNAC, but it made a big impression. Since MNAC is located in Catalonia, it isn’t surprising that its exhibits feature Catalan art and design from the past 200 years among the art and designs on display. During my visit, I learned that like much of what exists near Plaza de Espana, The National Palace, the building which houses MNAC, dates back to 1929, the year of the International Exposition. The National Palace became the home of museum in 1934.

MNAC is a magnificent building both inside and out. It also offers panoramic views of Plaza de Espana from the front of the building which is why this area was so busy when I visited. Fortunately there are plenty of vantage points and no bad views.
Written April 9, 2020
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Loumd11
61 contributions
Nice Vista View from the Museum Terrace
Apr 2019
This is not a very busy museum. There's a short line from the entrance due to the numerous group tours entering the museum. A short walk from the parking lot. Facade of the museum is grand. Museum is huge and spacious. Clean and nice restroom. Permanent exhibits are well planned and organized. Not crowded inside the museum.
Written March 19, 2020
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Θεοδώρα Λτ
Athens, Greece220 contributions
Art experience
Feb 2020
It's a typical National Art Museum just like in other European Cities as in terms of the building architecture and style. The building itself is monumental. You must visit as you get to enjoy so many art movements and beautiful paintings , all in one place.
I would note however a very big disadvantage as there are no subtitles in English in most of the paintings. That is really not welcoming to the guest that doesn't speak spanish.
Written March 18, 2020
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MikeFee
Morrisville, VT484 contributions
Maybe the best in Barcelona
Jan 2020
Sitting high on a hill overlooking the city, the Museu gives you a very in depth at artists other than Picasso, who has his own Museum in the old quarter. This museum gives you a sense of how/where the unique and wonderful architecture of Barcelona comes from. It also gives you a bit of a history of the city through it's art . The view from the steps outside is excellent but there is a balcony inside the museum that is a bit more elevated and gives you an even better view.
Written March 14, 2020
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NewStart78
Des Moines, IA375 contributions
Beautiful Building
Oct 2019
The art was very good, but to be honest, the memory from this place is of the beautiful building that sits high up with a commanding view of the area.

We actually walked to the museum from the Le Meridian Hotel. Not a terribly long way, and quite fun as you bisect many Barcelona neighborhoods, and need to be attentive to a map (or your phone) to stay on course.

The museum was not busy when we visited on a weekday afternoon. We breezed through it all in about an hour, and then wandered down to the fountain and other sites below.

There is a nice place to get a cold drink and a snack inside the museum. Restrooms were spotless clean. The staff we encountered were all friendly.

If you have the time, this is a great place to visit--and make it more memorable by choosing interesting routes to get to and from there.
Written February 28, 2020
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