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“Easy On Off stop”

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC
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Owner description: An art museum containing hundreds of pieces from the medieval age to the 19th century.
South Florida
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“Easy On Off stop”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

We spent 2-3 hours walking in and around the MNAC. Its on the hights over Barcelona and LOTS of great views. Easy walk to Cable Car and other attractions. Good Cafe / Public Park nearby.

Visited April 2013
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“Art to assert Catalan Identity”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

Let's be clear from the start - this gallery (or rather collection of galleries in one space) is not in the same league as the great national galleries if what you're looking for is a general collection of European Art - it has some gems, but if that's what you want then best aim for the Prado, the Louvre or Britain's National Gallery. But if you have an interest in art and particularly how a national sensibility can shape it then do not miss this place. It's collection of Catalan art - the clue is in the place's title! - is magnificent, wide ranging over the centuries, and we found it fascinating enough to take a whole day to do the visit justice.
Just looking at the outside is impressive enough - built as a pavilion for an international exhibition it forms part of the complex on the city's dominating hill, Montjuic. Best approach via Placa D'espanya, when escalators (or steps if you're feeling energetic) will whisk you up past the flights of fountains to the front of the gallery and a magnificent view.
Inside the place is divided historically: a "modern" section - up to 1920? - is Catalan dominated, but hence has interesting artists you won't have seen before; the Baroque and Gothic sections are obviously dominated by religious works but include some little-known gems; but for me the absolute 'do not miss this place' factor was the Romanesque galleries. Here work from early medieval churches - largely murals, though with a good collection of panels and 3D work - had been laboriously saved and removed from their original, decaying, sites to be displayed here - and wonderfully displayed they are. Mock church interiors have been built which display the works as they were in relation to viewers and each other, so arched paintings are displayed on arches and so on. The Museum is able to, and has, spared a huge amount of exhibition space to show off these works, its speciality - in wonderful settings. Even if you're not religious yourself it will give you some idea of what it must have felt like to be a worshipper in a medieval Catalan church - magnificent!
And before you leave, make sure you have a coffee - or a beer - in the cafe in the great arena hall - spectacular!

Visited April 2013
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Naples, Italy
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“The building and the views make the visit worth it!”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

I wasn't sure what to expect from the MNAC, but I was pleasantly surprised. The trip up to the top is spectacular! You can climb stairs all the way, or escalators are also offered for much of the way as well. The lovely and cool fountains add to the serenity and peacefulness of the area. There is a lot of walking involved either way, but we enjoyed it. The views of the surrounding area is amazing! You can see La Sagrada Familia as well as Tibidabo on the top of the mountains in the distance. Sitting on the steps while resting and gazing at the city was enjoyable for our family.

Both the outside and the inside of the museum building are impressive. There are 4 wings to this museum with different art periods from Gothic to Romanesque to Modern. The art inside is nice and extensive, but after a while it kind of all blended together. We only spent an hour and a half with children, but one could easily spend the entire day. Children 16 and under are free and the museum is closed on Mondays. Enjoy!

Visited April 2013
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“Great Museum, Beautiful Location”
Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

On foot through massive columns in the square below, past many sites and up many steps sits this great museum that the kids also enjoyed.

Get the audio guide, and if you only have a few hours, hit the "highlights". Get religion and art in a great setting. Bring a bag lunch and sit outside or behind the museum for some peace and quiet.

Would highly recommend.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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“The building and views are spectacular”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I was less wowed by the art inside but the building and the views were worth the trip. Gorgeous fountains and views of the city with a nice art collection but not too many pieces that were notable. Sitting on the steps, overlooking the city was beautiful.

Visited March 2013
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