Things to do in Barcelona – Visit MNAC

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One of the top sights to visit in Barcelona for art lovers is MNAC, the National Art Museum of Catalunya, situated on the hillside in the Palau Nacional of Montjuic, 

Painted Dome MNAC Barcelona

a building that with its massive dome,

Main Hall and Pipe Organ MNAC Barcelona

grand central hall, and impressive pipe organ, is itself a major attraction.

Constructed as a temporary building for the 1929 International Exposition, this ‘national palace’ – never a residence for royalty, but rather for art – has served as an art museum for over 80 years and boasts an impressive collection of Fine and Applied Art spanning over 1000 years of art history. Periods represented range from Medieval Romanesque and Gothic, to Renaissance, Baroque and Modern.  Included in the collection are paintings, drawings, and lithographs, as well as wood, iron and metalwork by such artists as El Greco, Diego Velázquez, Peter Paul Rubens, Marià Fortuny, Ramon Casas, Antonin Gaudí, and many, many more.

Some of what you will see includes:

The Battle of Tetouan by Fortuny MNAC Barcelona

The Battle of Tetouan – Marià Fortuny, 1862-1866

Reflected Shadows by Lluis Masriera MNAC Barcelona

Reflected Shadows – Lluis Masriera, 1920

A Bend in the Loring by Sisley MNAC Barcelona

A Bend in the Loing – Alfred Sisley, 1892

Detail of Paris Theatre by Alfred Sohn-Rethel MNAC Barcelona

Detail of a Paris Theatre – Alfred Sohn-Rethel, 1904

Christ Carrying the Cross El Greco MNAC Barcelona

Christ Carrying the Cross – El Greco, ca. 1590

Saint Peter and Saint Paul - El Greco MNAC Barcelona

Saint Peter and Saint Paul – El Greco, ca. 1590-1600

Lady Talbot Countess of Arundel by Rubens MNAC Barcelona

Lady Alethea Talbot, Countess of Arundel – Peter Paul Rubens, 1620

Lady Georgiana Poyntz by Gainsborough MNAC Barcelona

Lady Georgiana Poyntz, Countess Spencer [?] – Thomas Gainsborough, 18th century

Portrait of a Girl by Le Brun MNAC Barcelona

Portrait of a Girl – Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, ca. 1788

Self Portrait Ramon Casas MNAC Barcelona

Self-Portrait – Ramon Casas, 1883

Before the Ball and After the Ball by Masriera MNAC Barcelona

Before the Ball and After the Ball – Francesc Masriera, 1886

Collection of Lithographs MNAC Barcelona

A large collection of Lithographs, including: Tournée du Chat Noir – Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, 1896

Monaco Monte Carlo by Mucha MNAC Barcelona

and Monaco-Monte-Carlo (1892) by Alphonse-Marie Mucha;

Decorative and sculptural works such as:

Two Leafed Gate by Gaudi MNAC Barcelona

Two-leafed gate for Casa Vicens – Antonin Gaudí, ca. 1883-1885

The Blue Pool by Joaquim Mir MNAC Barcelona

The Blue Pool – Joaquin Mir, ca. 1911

Doors by Gaudi MNAC Barcelona Chair and Settee by Aleix Clapes MNAC Barcelona

Doors, tables, chairs, settees – various artists, including Aleix Clapés and Antonin Gaudí

The Age of Bronze by Rodin MNAC Barcelona

The Age of Bronze – Auguste Rodin, 1876

Alexandre Falguiere by Rodin MNAC Barcelona

Portrait of Sculptor Alexandre Falguiere – Auguste Rodin, 1897

First Communion by Josep Llimona MNAC Barcelona

First Communion – Josep Llimona, 1897

Portrait of Elisa Masriera by Nobas MNAC Barcelona

Portrait of Elisa Masriera – Rossend Nobas, 1884

Literary Figure by Ismael Smith MNAC Barcelona

Literary Figure – Ismael Smith, 1932

Female Bust with Mirror by Escaler MNAC Barcelona

Female bust with mirror – Lambert Escaler, 1903

Maleina by Lambert Escaler MNAC Barcelona

Maléina – Lambert Escaler, 1902

Maleina by Lambert Escaler MNAC Barcelona

Mirror frame with girl and lilies – Pablo Gargallo, c. 1903

Oratory MNAC Barcelona

Oratory – Joan Busquets and Josep Pey, 1905

Fireplace by Lluis Domenech i Montaner MNAC Barcelona

Fireplace with sculpture relief – Lluís Domènech i Montaner, c. 1907


Shadow Puppets MNAC Barcelona

a unique series of 19th century shadow puppets by Ramon Casas and Josep Meifrèn.

With so much artwork to see here, there’s bound to be something everyone will enjoy. However, due to the sheer size of the museum, it can be overwhelming and a visit – for someone planning to see the entire exhibit – can easily take up an entire day. With that in mind, we recommend reviewing the museum’s floor plans so you’ll know where to find the collections you’re most interested in seeing, and see those first.

Getting there:

The National Palace and MNAC are located at Mirador del Palau Nacional, just above the Magic Fountain.

Ticket Info:

Adult Admission = 12.00€; additional fee applies for temporary exhibits

Child Admission (ages 15 & under) = Free

Free on Saturdays after 3:00 p.m., the first Sunday of each month, and on various designated days throughout the year. Check MNAC website for additional information.

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