Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC

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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  • JPSydney2008
    Sydney, Australia36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    See the building interior and get access to the roof for great views for only 2 Euros!
    We walked from the Fountain (Font Màgica de Montjuïc) up to the museum. Unfortunately none of the fountains were running, due to the current drought situation in the area. However the views on the way up are good, and there are escalators to get both up and down to/from the museum. We didn't want to visit the museum exhibits, however it's possible to pay a nominal fee (2 Euros) to enter the building, see the main hall and dome, visit the cafe and get up to the roof area where the views are great! It's definitely worth the visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 16, 2023
  • harriedmomMontreal
    Montreal, Canada159 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic building, interesting collection.
    Excellent collection in a massive space overlooking the plaça de españa. Initially built for an exposition in the 1920s, this majestic building high up above multiple terraces is worth a visit. Worth bringing your museum memberships from home if you have ones that share free entry. There are also certain times of the week that entry is free for specific groups. Take your time, have a bite at the cafe, continue seeing all the rooms because this museum has much to offer.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Michael A
    Toronto, Canada634 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Collection, Stunning Building.
    Gorgeous hilltop location, this beautiful building imposes itself on the city surrounding it, and can be seen for many kilometres. Its collection includes likely the biggest haul of romanesque work anywhere, a solid collection of classical, including El Greco, Tiepolo, Rubens, Canaletto, etc etc. It's rooms and galleries are large, airy, nicely lit, and its works are beautifully presented and lit. A winning gallery well worth the visit. (and the endless stairs to reach wayyy up there ; ) Check out the rooftop bevedere...it is stunning. And - the oval room is absolutely awesome.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,545 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free for Seniors
    So great that we went twice during our stay. The museum has an extraordinary collection of Catalan art from all centuries, so pick your era and explore. Plus some very good special expos. Set on a splendid site up Montjuic with views of the city. Free for Seniors.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 1, 2023
  • curmudgeon2016
    Detroit, Michigan26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free for seniors
    You do not need to take a tour. As seniors we got in for free. There are English explanations. The museum is gigantic. they offered a free iPhone download guide, but it was too hard to use. There is a lovely restaurant with a fixed price excellent lunch with views of Barcelona. A lovely day learning about Catalan art.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Coastal181316
    London, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extraordinary
    This museum and gallery offers a very well curated over view of artistic endeavour in Catalonia from the Romanesque to Modern eras. Give yourself a full morning or afternoon. Beware it’s early closing on Sunday. I arrived at opening (1000) and spent about 3 hours. The greatest surprise were the Romanesque frescos rescued from fated buildings but now presented in a way that gives a good idea of what their original impact might have been. Significant works before the modern era are present including two El Grecos. The modern pieces include Gaudi furniture and works pertaining to the civil war. I didn’t notice the work of any living artists. The building itself offers spectacular views across the city. There is a pipe organ in the spacious rotunda however I’m told it is unplayable and repairing it would be too expensive. The instrument is German, not Catalan, which may colour current priorities.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 23, 2023
  • Mark D
    Lagoa, Portugal273 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely deserves a visit
    The museum is expansive and you need to allot at least 2 hours to see the entire museum. There is an extensive collection of local artists from the 15, 16, and 17th centuries. The view of Barcelona from the museum is outstanding.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 24, 2023
  • Denise E
    Calgary, Canada176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a Visit!
    We were lucky enough to visit MNAC yesterday and found out seniors (I’m newly 59 - is this a senior in Spain?) are free! What a lovely surprise! This is a stunning museum full of amazing art and history. Definitely worth a visit! The grounds surrounding MNAC are worth strolling around too. If however you have any mobility issues, be aware that there are a LOT of stairs to get up to the building itself. There are escalators most of the way but not all the way. Worth spending a morning or afternoon if you love art.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 5, 2023
  • tailsock
    Raleigh, North Carolina903 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of see
    First of all we did not take a tour. Not sure why there's a dropdown that demands I pick one. This museum perched on a hill is a great place to kill a few hours whether you're into art or not. A bunch of people simply hung out on the steps directly in front and admired the view of Plaça d'Espanya over some drinks from the refreshment booth nearby. After doing just that for a little my brother and I went inside and bought tickets. The museum is big and was a little overwhelming to be honest. After doing a ton of exploring earlier (a lot of walking) I didn't have a lot of energy to dedicate to visiting the museum. The majority of what we saw were high Gothic works and religious works. There were a good amount of artifacts, sculptures, and paintings. If you don't speak Spanish you will struggle as there were very few descriptions in English. We opted out of the audio guide so I'm sure this helps. There's a cafeteria in the middle but the sandwiches were mediocre at best. Fine to have something in your stomach but a complete waste of a meal in a gastronomic mecca like Barcelona. Although the wings are well marked it can be difficult to find a bathroom or even the exit. We found the ticket to be very good value and could even be used the next day if we wanted. (we didn't have time but would've considered it if it were rainy) HINT: right around the corner, almost behind the museum are amazing views of Barcelona, especially the Sagrada Familia.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 5, 2023
  • Marcus G
    Stroud, United Kingdom337 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Up on the roof for the views
    If I were you I'd get straight in and up to the roof. The views are truly spectacular. It is then worth going through the art from the oldest to the newest. The repatriated church art was probably my favourite as some of the more modern periods are a little bit thin.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 1, 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The MNAC is set at the foot of Monjuic hill, overlooking the city.
The National museum Palace (as well the majority of the entire area around) was built for Barcelona 1929 World Expo.
The museum palace edifice is huge, built in neo classical style, standing on top of the path and stairway leading down from Placa de Espana, dominating the entire area.
The museum is full of art of all kinds from Romanesque era onwards, with a strong impact of religious art.
Although the entry fee is very reasonable (12 Euros) compared to other Barcelona attractions, you can visit for free every Saturday afternoon after 3 PM (be prepared for some waiting in line).
After the visit, DO have a drink (again with reasonable prices) in an outside cafe at the patio in front of the palace with outstanding views of Barcelona.
Written September 11, 2022
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Snowball's adventure
Barnet, UK7,071 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) is the 2nd most popular art museum in Barcelona (The 1st one is Picasso's museum) and it houses one of the biggest medieval art collections in the world. The museum has 2 floors and it's split into 5 sections: Medieval Romanesque Art, Medieval Gothic Art, Renaissance and Baroque, Modern Art and the Oval Hall. There are many highlight collections here but to be honest, we hadn't heard any of these artists before and we didn't find many paintings extraordinary. (A large portion of artists here were Catalan artists.) We were actually more interested in the Romanesque paintings on the cave walls and the Oval Hall due to they were special and a bit unusual.
What I don't like about this museum is the language barrier and the audio guide. Many paintings descriptions were in Catalan and Spanish only and the audio guide was also too brief which we didn't find it useful at all. 
Overall, we were disappointed with this museum, or maybe it's just not our cup of tea!
Written January 5, 2020
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Georgia M
Lincoln, UK483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
This was our second option after we turned up to the Picasso Museum to find they weren’t letting anyone else in until later as it was full (although people were coming out- boo!)

Anyway I digress. This museum is set in a beautiful building at Plaza Catalunya and by the magic fountains (on Thu-Sat). The building alone is beautiful along with the views and of course, the art is diverse, fantastic and curated wonderfully.

We actually visited in the evening about 6pm so it was really quiet (I can’t speak about the day). We only had an hour and a half so had to fly round but would definitely recommend to the art and architecture lovers (or even just to see the views!)
Written July 2, 2022
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Jacqui F
London, UK310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This fascinating collection of Catalonian (and other) art, is worth the €12 entry per adult (under-16s get in free). We went on a weekday but noticed that there are some times on the weekends when it’s totally free to enter. The galleries show off a huge collection of local and wider art. It really is huge though, so getting around all of it is tricky. We stopped off halfway for coffee and pastries in the café, based in an amazing oval concert hall within the museum. It’s a great place to rest your weary feet before visiting the rest of the halls. There’s also a restaurant on the top floor, which looked great, with amazing views, with possibly with a pricey menu.
Written August 24, 2022
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NewStart78
Des Moines, IA369 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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tiz S
Rome, Italy191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
It took me three hours in total to see the permanent exhibition and the temporary Gaudí exhibition. The Romanesque art collection is awesome. Do not miss it. Also, do not miss the first floor of the museum dedicated to Modern Art. You will see there interesting avant-garde paintings (the Catalan Noucentisme) and the magnificent “Portrait of my father” by Salvador Dalì. After 2 hours of walking and taking photos I took the elevator (in front of the WC) to reach the super elegant restaurant Òleum which is always fully booked but certainly offers the best view of Barcelona. As you exit the restaurant on your left is the large ceramic mural by Joan Mirò it was made for the IBM and later moved to the museum. Below it (and beyond the lobby) is the impressive Great or Oval hall of 2,000 m2 and in it you find the museum cafeteria. I suggest you to order the delicious Rainbow cake!
Written January 29, 2022
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rrlewis4
Chicago104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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impatiens
Minneapolis, MN238 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I've never seen so many frescoes displayed in a museum. Lots of them from monasteries and churches across Cataluña and Spain, well displayed after transfer to canvas! Well worth the visit just for this. There are a number of good paintings by old masters, too, including Ribera, Velasquez, etc., and a large collection on medieval, renaissance, baroque, and modern Cataloñian artists who aren't much recognized even though their work is reasonably good.
Written January 28, 2020
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MikeFee
Paris, France501 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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paul n
Towaco, NJ41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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