Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya or abbreviated as MNAC, is housed in the Palau Nacionalwas, which was built between 1926 and 1929 for the International Exposition of 1929 which it aimed to be the main building.
In 1934 the Palau Nacionalwas opened it’s doors to the public as Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya Museum, bringing different collections such as the Medieval and later on new Romanesque art was released to the public and due to its success, major renovation work was made which ended in 2004.
The museum holds over 250,00 works of art, which made it the largest and most important museum in Barcelona.
The Museum now holds the world’s largest collection of Roman frescoes fills, The Romanesque frescoes date from the vestibule of 29 foremost Romanesque church buildings within the Pyrenees.
The Museum also holds the most important collection of Catalan art work from the 19th to the 20th century. Numerous stages of art history modified in this time: neoclassicism, realism, modernism.
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya Collection
The Romanesque rooms are organized in chronological and stylistic order, giving site visitors a view of the exceptional tendencies in Catalan Romanesque art and presenting works produced, for the maximum component, inside the eleventh, twelfth and 13th centuries.
Gothic Art Collection
The Museu Nacional d’art de Catalunya Gothic artwork collection started to take shape within the early many years of the nineteenth century, first released to revive and preserve the vital body of Catalan heritage, which had been significantly damaged within the wave of convent burning’s that came about at across the time of the disestablishment of church goods in the 12 months 1835.
Renaissance and Baroque Art Collection
The Museu Nacional d’art de Catalunya Renaissance and baroque artwork series contains pieces of priceless cultural history become installed in Catalonia thru the purchase of neighborhood portions and later complemented by using donations and acquisitions from personal galleries.
The Cambó Bequest
the gathering of art work that the Catalan politician and arts customer Francesc Cambó built up with the aim of donating works via the extremely good masters to complement the high-quality medieval collection within the Museu d’artwork de Catalunya as it become then regarded.
Thyssen Bornemisza Collection
The collection comprises paintings and sculptures spanning European art from the Gothic to the rococo period
Modern Art Collection
The Museu Nacional d’art de Catalunya present day art collection owes its origins to the 1888 common Exhibition.
The Carmen Thyssen Bornemisza Collection
To mark the opening of Museu Nacional d’artwork de Catalunya, the museum received Catalan art works from the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza series.
Cabinet of Drawings and Prints
The collections assembled from the museum’s historical holdings to form the Museu Nacional d’art de Catalunya cabinet of Drawings and Prints comprise some 50,000 drawings, 70,000 engravings and more than 1,000 posters.
Numismatic Cabinet of Catalonia
The collections of the Numismatic cabinet of Catalonia, mounted in 1932, now accommodates extra than 134,000 portions.
Visitors have access to the museums Library and the General Archives, Art Museum also has modern Restaurants, cafe, gift shop and a bar terrace which offers a beautiful view of the Montjuïc’s Magic Fountain.
Winter opening times: October to April, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm; Sundays and public holidays, 10am to 3pm.
Summer opening times: May to September, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm; Sundays and public holidays, 10am to 3pm.
Mondays closed, except public holidays. Monday public holidays 2017: April 17th, June 5th, September 11th and September 25th.
Annual closing: January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
General admission: €12
Combined ticket: general admission and audio guide: €14, can only be purchased online.
Temporary exhibitions: Ismael Smith, the beauty and the monsters: €6
To the Rooftop Viewpoint: €2
How to get there
Metro Line: L1/L3-Espanya
Buss: 13, 23, 27, 37, 46, 50, 91, 109, 150, D20, H12, H16, V7
Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
Coordinates: 41°22′06″N 2°09′12″E