Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, Barcelona

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4.5/5 based on 4,800+ reviews on the web
Discover Catalan and European art at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, especially notable for its outstanding collection of Romanesque church paintings. The museum is housed in a huge building, crowned by a great dome inspired by Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The art on display spans the early Middle Ages to the 20th century, with works from Fra Angelico, Veronese, Titian, Canaletto, Rubens, and Goya, to name just a few. The museum also includes massive collections of coins, photographs, medals, paper money, prints, posters, and engravings. Plan your visit well in advance by exploring the museum’s official website, where you can browse through the calendar of upcoming special events and purchase advance tickets. Make Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC part of your personalized Barcelona itinerary using our Barcelona trip itinerary maker.
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  • We can't leave Barcelona without having visited this Palace, which reveals the history of Romanesque art with re-enactments of frescoes - Gothic art and impressionists - new realists - a journey through time of the image.
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  • I would suggest to visit to everyone. The exterior of the building is quite impressive, so even if you do not want to go inside then there is a lot going on outside - even the view back to the city is...  read more »
  • We visited only the outside because we're not art lovers and the access to the inside has cost that led us to not visit! The scenery outside is spectacular. The beautiful water Cascades over the escadórios ... and has escalators to help climb and/or descend the same. We buy some souvenirs in the street vendors to 1 € each:). I enjoyed and recommend.
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  • Friendly, open and fun. First let me say that you need to walk up a ton of stairs to get into this place. There are escalators for part of it, but you still need to do a lot of steps. Also for some reason they want you to wear your backpack on the front or carry it (ie not on your back). With that said you should see this place. The multiple fountains I'm front of this museum are amazing! The architecture of the building is incredible. And of course the art is the main reason to come.
  • If you're feeling athletic, you can try taking the stairs to go all the way up to the museum! If not, then you're saved from getting jelly legs even before you reach the museum's doors by making use of the elevators running up the side of the ginormous multi tiered fountain that makes up part of the museum's spectacular facade. When you get to the top, don't forget to turn around and take in the scene of Barcelona before you- it's a gorgeous scene. The museum is admission free from 3PM onwards on Saturday! There's no fear about missing any part of the exhibition, as all sections of the museum is labelled with banners and are clearly defined. This is a big museum and there are many different art styles/genres/movements housed at the MNAC so most likely you will find something you'll like here. One of my favourite moments was having Picasso's "Woman in Hat and Fur Collar" all to myself for a good whole 5 minutes.
  • Absolutely beautiful building although we did not go inside it! It particularly looks spectacular as a back drop to the magic fountains in the evenings! There are lots of steps up to it but well worth the view when you get to the top! It's set in a lovely area of Barcelona!
  • The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya near the Plaça Espanya metro stop is home to a wonderful collection of Romanesque and Gothic art. It's within striking distance of Mies van der Rohe's 1929 pavilion and the Caixaforum building, home to impressive temporary exhibitions in a wonderful building. If it's not too hot, you can top it off by wandering through the landscapes gardens leading up to the Miró Foundation and the funicular train leading downtown.
  • Beautiful gallery, with great views towards the building coming up from Plaça Espanya. Also great views looking back on the city!
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