At the foot of the Motjuïc mountain the impressive National Art Museum of Catalonia, a palace that was built for the universal exhibition, which was later converted into an Art Museum in 1934, grouping the medieval collection of art.
In 1995 the museum was enlarged to create new rooms, the most important one being Romanesque art, until 2004 where the transformation ends to make room for modern art.
One of the world’s largest collections of Romanesque paintings can be found in this museum, as well as modernist works by Gaudí or Casas, also works from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods.
Take a look to the different art collections that you can see:
The largest and oldest collection in Europe of Romanesque art from the 11th to the 13th century, wall paintings, panel painting, goldwork and stone sculptures.
Gothic art from the XIII-XV century where the first Catalan artists emerge. Liturgical furniture, altarpieces, decorative pieces.
Renaissance and Baroque
Masterpieces of the XVI-XVIII century with names like El Greco, Velazquez, Rubens, also stands out the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection.
From the 19th and 20th century, Fortuny, Rusiñol, Gaudí, Jujol, Picasso, Gargallo and Joan Miró stand out. The collection dates back to the 1950s, including the Dau al Set movement, considered one of the first avant-garde references after the post-war period.
Drawings and Engravings
Great artists, poster and prints are presented in this collection that brings together more than 50,000 illustrations, 70,000 prints and more than 1000 ads.
The presentation of photography from the nineteenth to the twentieth century is part of the collection of modern art and includes photographs that include photojournalism, the new vision, pictorialism, and has more than 40,000 reproductions where Centelles, Colom and Oriol Maspons stand out.
From the sixth century BC at present, more than 135,000 coins are exhibited, to which decorations and badges are added.
Timetables Catalonia National Museum of Art
Winter time timetable: from october to april, Thusday to Saturday from 10 – 18 h; Sunday and holidays from 10 – 15 h
Summer time timetable: from may to september, Thusday to Saturday from 10 – 20 h; Sunday and holidays from 10 – 15 h
Closed in the year: 1st of January, 1st of May and 25th of December.
How much is MNAC
General addmission: 12 € (valid for two days for one month from the date of purchase)
Which metro for MNAC
L1, L3 / Pl. Espanya
55 (closer bus stop: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya/Museu Etnològic)
150 (Pl. Espanya-Av. de l’Estadi/Piscines Picornell)
13 (Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guardia/Poble Espanyol)
37 (Pl. Espanya-Av. Paral·lel)
Until Pl. Espanya 9, 27, 50, 65, 79, 109, 165, D20, H12, V7