The National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) is a museum located in Barcelona, Spain, that showcases a collection of Catalan art from the Romanesque period to the present day. The museum is housed in the Palau Nacional, a majestic building that overlooks the city from the Montjuïc hill.
The National Art Museum of Catalonia is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (October to April) or 8 p.m. (May to September). It is closed on Mondays, except public holidays. The ticket price is 12 euros for adults, 8.40 euros for students and seniors, and free for children under 16 and other groups. The ticket includes access to all the permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as the rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Barcelona.
To get to the National Art Museum of Catalonia, you can take the metro (line L1 or L3) to Plaça Espanya and then walk up the stairs or take the escalators to the Palau Nacional. You can also take the bus (lines 55 or 150) or the Funicular de Montjuïc from Paral·lel station. Alternatively, you can hop on the Barcelona Bus Turístic (red route) and get off at the MNAC stop.
Some tips for visiting the museum are:
- Plan your visit in advance and check the website for the current exhibitions and activities.
- Book your ticket online to avoid queues and enjoy a 20% discount.
- Download the free audio guide app or rent an audio guide device at the entrance for 4 euros.
- Join a guided tour (included in the ticket price) or book a private tour for a more personalized experience.
- Don’t miss the highlights of the museum, such as the Romanesque frescoes, the Gothic altarpieces, the Modernista paintings, and the photography collection.
- Respect the rules of the museum and do not touch, photograph, or film any artwork without permission. Do not bring food, drinks, backpacks, umbrellas, or pets into the museum.
The National Art Museum of Catalonia is a must-see attraction for art lovers and anyone interested in Catalan culture and history. It offers a rich and diverse overview of the artistic heritage of Catalonia and its role in the European and global context.