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MNAC (National Art Museum of Catalunya) | Opening hours




The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) in the Palau Nacional, symbol of the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona, is situated on the mountain of Montjuïc near to the trade fair area and the Plaza Espanya. Before entering the museum going uphill you will enjoy the spectacular view of the city of Barcelona.

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The MNAC art collection explains the general history of Catalan art from the X until the mid-twentieth century and includes sculpture, paintings drwaings posters from great international painters such as and photography. But in the Renaissance and Baroque collections there are also works from great international painters such as El Greco, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Cranach and Rubens. The art from the 19th to early 20th century offers works of Catalan artists (new-classicism, modernism and realism). The National Art Museum of Catalonia is one of the best museums to become acquainted with the catalan art.


The MNAC according to Robert Hughes

“I think that Spanish painting cannot be understood without those wonderful Romanesque and Gothic murals that are exhibited in Montjuïc, in the Art Museum of Catalonia. It is the shock of the oldest: they are breathtaking murals. I do not believe that, without having seen these murals, I could have understood Joan Miró and many others. Actually, that Romanesque is something that explains a lot of things with their colors and their latent, hidden history. I don’t get tired of looking at them. Because Spanish painting, after the experience of the Romanesque, it does not have much interest until the 17th century, and basically with Velázquez”. Robert Hughes.

MNAC opening hours 2023

  • From October to April, from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Sundays and holidays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • From May to September, Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. / Sundays and holidays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Closed non-holiday Mondays.
  • Closing days: January 1, May 1 and December 25.
  • Free admission days: Saturdays, from 3 pm / first Sunday of each month / May 18, International Museum Day / September 11, Catalonia Day.

The MNAC in the Articket and in the Barcelona Card

With the Articket pass you can visit the 6 most important museums in Barcelona (Picasso Museum, Joan Miró Foundation, MNAC, MACBA, Antoni Tàpies Foundation and CCCB). If you are interested in art, you are interested in the Articket, because by buying this pass you will save 45% on the price of tickets. In addition, you will have 12 months to visit the six museums.


The Barcelona Card offers free entry to more than 25 museums in Barcelona, including those mentioned in the Articket. However, the Barcelona Card is much more, as you will get discounts at numerous tourist attractions such as Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, L’Aquàrium or the Montjuïc Cable Car, and it will also allow you to use public transport in Barcelona for free and unlimited (the airport metro included).


Where to park

The MNAC has free parking for cars and coaches next to the building, and has places for people with reduced mobility. If the parking lot is full you can use a paid one (click on the button below of the nearest Parking).

Where is it?




Sants Montjuïc

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Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n

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How to get there

Metro: L1, L3 Espanya
Bus: D20, D40, h22, h26, V7, 13, 23, 46, 55, 65, 75, 91, 109, 150, 165 and Tourist Bus (red route, stop Plaça d’Espanya)
FGC: Espanya (S8, S33, R6, R5, S4)

National Art Museum of Catalonia in Barcelona: photo, address, opening hours

The National Art Museum of Catalonia, also known as the Museum of Fine Arts of Catalonia (MNAC), is considered one of Barcelona’s top attractions. It is located on the Avenue of the Queen Maria Christina, in the building of the National Palace, erected in 1929 before the International Exhibition. In 1992, before the Summer Olympics, it was restored.

The National Museum of Art in Barcelona (MNAC, Barcelona) was created in 1990 when the collections of the National Art Museum of Catalonia, which was then active, were merged with the Museum of Modern Art. Here there are artistic canvases of the Romanesque and Gothic styles, organically combined with masterpieces related to the Renaissance and Baroque.
This place is the main world center of Romanesque art. Although its visitors have the opportunity to get acquainted with the magnificent masterpieces of the Gothic era. This direction of art, which flourished in the 11th-13th centuries, is characterized by expressiveness of color and oblong shapes. Many examples of Romanesque art kept by the National Museum of Catalonia were brought from old Pyrenean churches.
Organizationally, the Art Museum of Catalonia is represented by departments of drawings and engravings; Catalan numismatics, coinage and medals; Art History Library and Photography Department, which was established in 1996.

The first Romanesque art section was opened in the Catalan Museum of Art in Barcelona in 1995, then, in 1997, the Gothic art section, in 2000 the sections of Renaissance and Baroque art, modern art, etc. were opened. Officially, after the reconstruction, the building with all its expositions opened its doors to tourists and residents of Barcelona in 2004.

Sections of the National Art Museum of Catalonia in Barcelona:

Gothic art: the collection includes examples of Catalan art of the 13th-15th centuries and works by Italian masters.
Romanesque art: Catalan paintings from the 11th to 13th centuries and earlier represent the collection of this era. Particularly noteworthy are examples of wall paintings from Romanesque churches and chapels in Catalonia, transferred here.
Contemporary Art: in the Art Museum in Spain (Catalonia, Barcelona) is represented by samples of Catalan art of the early 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, photographs and paintings. Here are the works of Ramon Casas, Santiago Rusinola, Antonio Gaudi, representing contemporary art, as well as Pablo Picasso.
The Thyssen-Bornemitz Collection: Represented by Renaissance and Baroque paintings from the famous Thyssen-Bornemitz Museum in Madrid.
Department of prints and drawings: the collection is represented by works dating from the end of the 17th century to the avant-garde period.
Renaissance and Baroque art: the collection is represented by examples made by Spanish, Italian and Flemish masters in the 16th-18th centuries. Donations played an important role in replenishing the collection, especially from the collection of Francesco Cambo.
Photo collection: represented by original photographs from the early 19th to mid-1990s.

Numismatic collection: presented in the National Museum with coins, medals and paper money from the 6th century BC. e. Particularly noteworthy are samples from Catalonia and its neighboring provinces.

MNAC on the map of Barcelona (how to get there and address):

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MNAC Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, 08038 Barcelona, ​​España (Barcelona, ​​Spain)
10 euros.

Hours and opening hours of the Museum of Catalan Art in Barcelona:

Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 – 19:00, Sunday and holidays: 10:00 – 14:30, Monday: non-working day, excluding holidays.

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Original taken from abel in the National Art Museum of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya): This brilliant museum has a huge department, which presents paintings by Catalan and Andorran masters from the 11th to the 13th century. Basically, these are frescoes transferred to canvas, but there are also paintings (on wood), sculptures. This collection is truly unique. In the Prado (Madrid) there is a small room in which you can also see frescoes of the Romanesque era transferred to canvas from the Church of the True Cross in Segovia, but only one room. And Barcelona has a huge department.
All the works that will be discussed were discovered at the beginning of the 20th century, and the frescoes, in order to best preserve them, were transferred to canvas (somewhere before the middle of the 20th century, as in Madrid) and placed in a museum.
We were in this museum on July 12 last year, and then I photographed almost everything in the department of Romanesque painting. This was our second visit to the Barcelona Museum, but in January 15, the Romanesque exposition turned out to be inaccessible for some reason.
I’ll try to start showing some works. But I have more than 200 photos, and this will not settle down in one post. But gradually I will try to show everything.
Here I will show only frescoes. I refrain from commenting on the plots, with rare exceptions.

(Abse and altar of the Cathedral of St. Peter in Urgell, 2nd quarter of the 12th century)

Arches and wall paintings from the Church of St. John of Boi (1100): 9003


Extraordinarily expressive “Stoning of St. Stephen” from the same church:

Moving on.

I will show you a museum plate with a photograph of the church. Anyone who reads Spanish or Catalan can gain important information.

By the way, all the churches whose paintings are presented in the museum are located in the mountains, in the Pyrenees.
And here are the amazing apostles from Ager: Tadeu and Jaume (Church of St. Peter in Ager, late 11th – early 12th centuries): Sant Quirize de Pedret; Cercs, Bergueda, late 11th – early 12th centuries).

Abside of the Church of St. Peter in Burgal (the same time):

Apostles from Orcau (Church of St. Maria from the Orcau Castle, 1st half of the 12th century):

Abse of the Church of S. Maria d’Aneu (late 11th – early 12th century):

Donor woman from the same church:

Next we see the rather poorly preserved frescoes from the apse of the chapel of St. Michel from Marmellar castle (capella de Sant Miquel del castel de Marmellar):

Abse of the Church of S. Maria de Ginestarre (2nd half of the 12th century):

Abse and altar of the Church of St. Paul of Esteri de Cardos , 2nd half of the 12th century):

And here is one of the most remarkable exhibits: the frescoes of the church of St. 6

Here is the museum plate again:

I would like to finish this publication by showing the most amazing frescoes from the church of S.