Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

The National Museum of Catalonian Art, Barcelona
The grandiose MNAC in Barcelona. (Photo by Sergi Larripa)

Amazing Catalan Romanesque art in a museum high above Barcelona

The main staircase at Park Güell, Barcelona.
Frescoes (c. 1120s) from the apse of the church of Santa Maria de Taüll in the MNAC. (Photo by Enric Fontvila)
In an enormous 1929 palace atop Montjuïc hill is the MNAC, one of the world’s biggest and best collections of Romanesque art, centered around a series of gorgeous 12th-century frescoes removed from Catalonian churches in the Pyrenees.

The late-Medeival art is actually just the highlight. The point of this museum is to catalogue the best of Catalan art from the Romanesque all the way to the 1940s.

That means there is also a good store of Gothic art and sculpture from across the Northern Mediterranean, an era when the Counts of Barcelona expanded their empire over large swathes of the Iberian Peninsula and halfway into what is now France.

(The Renaissance and baroque collection is no great shakes.)

Outside the palace is a network of stair-stepping fountains that star in a sound and light show on summer nights (Thursday through Sunday).

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Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya details


At the south end of Av. Reina Maria Cristina, in the Palau Nacional in the Parc de Montjuïc
[ Montjuïc ]

Tel. +34-936-220-376


May-Sept: Tues-Sat 10am–8pm, Sun 10am–3pm
Oct-Apr: Tues-Sat 19am–6pm, Sun 10am–3pm


With Barcelona Card: Free
With Barcelona Museum Pass: Free
Hop-on/hop-off bus discount: 20%


Metro: Pl. Espanya (L1, L3, L8, S4, S8, S33), then walk or bus 150
Bus: 13, 150, 55, 125
Hop-on/Hop-off route: West, South (red)


How long does Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya take?

Planning your day: Give the museum a good hour to 90 minutes. » Barcelona itineraries

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya tours

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The MNAC is covered by both the Barcelona Card and the Barcelona Museum Pass. » more

You can also get a combined ticket to the MNAC and the nearby Poble Espanyol for €18.

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The main staircase at Park Güell, Barcelona.
The Retaule de Sant Vicenç (St. Vincent Altarpiece), a 1438–40 masterpiece of Catalan Romanesque by Bernat Martorell in the MNAC.

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in September 2013.
All information was accurate at the time.

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