Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Built on the mountain of Montjuïc on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1929, the Palau Nacional is the seat of this emblematic museum, which has 250,000 paintings, carvings, engravings, photographs... made between the 10th and the 20th centuries. It highlights its Romanesque art collection, one of the most complete in the world.

The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) is one of Barcelona's most important museums, located in the imposing Palau Nacional on Montjuïc mountain. It is known for its collection of Romanesque and Gothic art, as well as its wide range of modern art.

The Palau Nacional building was built for the 1929 International Exhibition and became the home of the MNAC in 1990. The building itself is impressive, with its stone façade and crenellated towers, which resemble a medieval castle. In addition, its location at the top of Montjuïc provides spectacular views of the city of Barcelona.

One of the museum's most impressive collections is the Romanesque art collection, which includes works from the 11th and 12th centuries. Many of these works come from Romanesque churches and monasteries in Catalonia and northern Spain, and are of great historical and artistic importance. Among the most outstanding works is the sculptural ensemble of Sant Pere del Burgal, a series of sculptures depicting scenes from the Bible, believed to have been created in the 12th century.

Another important collection in the MNAC is that of Gothic art, which includes paintings, sculptures and other objects from the 13th to 15th centuries. Many of these works also come from Catalan churches and monasteries, and show the evolution of Gothic art in Catalonia and the rest of Europe. One of the most outstanding works in this collection is the altarpiece of Saint George, created by the Catalan painter Bernat Martorell in the 15th century.

The museum also has a wide variety of modern art, from the 19th century to the present day. This collection includes works by Catalan and international artists, and covers a wide variety of styles and artistic movements. Highlights include works by Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, three of the most important Spanish artists of the 20th century.

In addition to the permanent collections, the MNAC also organises temporary exhibitions showing works by local and international artists. These exhibitions can be very varied, ranging from photography to contemporary art, and are often an opportunity to see works that are not in the museum's permanent collection.

One of the most interesting features of the MNAC is its location on Montjuïc, one of the most emblematic areas of Barcelona. In addition to the spectacular views of the Palau Nacional, the mountain of Montjuïc boasts a variety of tourist attractions, such as the Castell de Montjuïc, a castle built in the 18th century that offers stunning views of the city; and the Jardí Botànic, a botanical garden that is home to a wide variety of plants and flowers.

Contact details

Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc

Opening Hours

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 2nd, May 21st and September 24th.
Annual closing: January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

How to get there



Plaça Espanya
55 (és el que deixa més a prop, parada: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya/Museu Etnològic) 150 (Pl. Espanya-Av. de l'Estadi/Piscines Picornell-Museu Nacional) 13 (Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia/Poble Espanyol) 37 (Pl. Espanya-Av. Paral·lel) Fins a Pl. Espanya 9, 50, 65, 79, 109, 165, D20, D40, H12, V7

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Mestre Enric Morera 25, 08339 Vilassar de Dalt, Barcelona


Phone:  +34 937 53 27 08

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