The MNAC offers an insight into the history of Catalan Art over the past 1000 years. Even if you are not an art person, go for the views from the top, they are spectacular.

Know Before You Go

Take the escalators to the terrace and keep looking back for the views. You can also spend some time on the terrace for great views of the city.
The huge oval hall, and the cupola with its Miro mural are impressive.
The cafe and gift shop are very good. Spend some time at the gift shop if you can, there are some unique things you can buy.
The installation of medieval frescoes is amazing as it reproduces the original architecture where they were found.
An overview of Catalan art from the 12th to 20th centuries, it’s no wonder the National Museum’s slogan is “one museum, one thousand years of art in Barcelona.”

Largest museum in Catalonia

The largest museum in the region, MNAC is a showcase of art from the Romanesque period to modern day. When historians realized that scores of Pyrenees churches were falling to ruin and with them incredible Romanesque murals that instructed villagers in the basics of faith, they began the laborious task of relocating them.

Now, the 21 murals are displayed in chronological order. In addition to the Romanesque collection, the Gothic collection starts with late 13th century frescoes from two palaces in the city that were being renovated.

Works by Catalan Masters

There are also works by Catalan masters of the Golden Age, Bernat Martorell and Jaume Huguet. The Modernista collection includes Ramon Casas’ mural of himself and Pere Romeu. It’s quite a look into the history of Catalan art!

Incredible Building

The Museum is housed in the impressive Palau Nacional (National Palace), a neo-baroque palace. Located on the slopes of Montjuïc, the building was built for the 1929 World Exhibition and later restored in 2005 to house MNAC museum. Inside the building, the main hall and rotunda are both works of art in their own right.

Key Highlights

An incredible look into the history of Catalan art, the National Museum houses works from the 12th to 20th centuries. Murals date back to the Romanesque period, like the ones taken from the Pyrenees churches. There are also Modernista murals, by Roman Casas.

If this isn't enough there are works by El Greco, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Fortuny, Gaudí, Julio González, Dalí and Picasso. Besides the spectacular art inside, the MNAC building itself is remarkable.

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Map : MNAC Barcelona

Other Barcelona Top 10 Attractions Near MNAC Barcelona are marked in yellow

Distance of other top ten Attractions from MNAC Barcelona
AttractionDistance
Font Magica0.4 Km
Mercat de la Boqueria2.1 Km
Gothic Quarter2.6 Km
Casa Batllo2.8 Km
Museo Picasso3 Km
Camp Nou Stadium and Museum3 Km
Casa Mila - La Pedrera3.1 Km
Barceloneta Beach3.3 Km
La Sagrada Familia4.3 Km
Parc Guell5.2 Km

These distances are approximate [As the crow flies]

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