Parc de Montjuïc


Palau Nacional
Phone: 0034 936 220 360
Fax: 0034 936 220 383

Museu Nacional D’Art De Catalunya (MNAC)

The MNAC embraces all the arts (sculpture, painting, objets d'art, drawing, print, posters, photography and coinage) and has the task of explaining the general history of Catalan art from the Romanesque period to the mid-twentieth century.

In 1990 the Catalan Museums Law reunited the collections of the old Museu d'Art de Catalunya (Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque art collections) and the Museu d'Art Modern (19th-and 20th-century art collections) under one roof, and declared it a national museum, incorporating the Department of Drawings and Prints, the Gabinet Numismàtic de Catalunya (coinage and medals) and the Biblioteca d'Història de l'Art (General Library of Art History) into the new museum structure. Later in 1996, the Department of Photography was created and this artistic discipline was included in the museum project.

The roots of the Museum have to be sought in the tasks of recovery and conservation of the patrimony which, in Catalonia, began in the second half of the nineteenth century and culminated in 1934 with the opening of the Museu d'Art de Catalunya, installed in the Palau Nacional on Montjuïc.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (20)

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Permanent Collection

The permanent collection of the MNAC is divided into the following categories: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, The Cambó Bequest, Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Modern Art, Drawings and Prints, Photography and Coinage.

The Romanesque Gallery presents mainly Catalan works mostly belonging to the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth centuries. However, pieces from before the Romanesque period are also displayed in the same section.
Romanesque art was the first mediaeval artistic movement to spread internationally across Europe.
The most emblematic pieces in the collection are the mural paintings which, due to their size and quality, characterize the tour. It is an exceptional series, considered unique in the world for this reason.
Most of the works were acquired around the first third of the twentieth century, to avoid the dispersal of an essential part of the artistic heritage. Of equal importance are the panel paintings, the woodcarvings, the stone sculptures and the metal and enamel work.

The Gothic art collection is characterised by the material richness and decorative profusion of the figurative arts in their several typologies and techniques: mural painting, panel painting, metalwork, enamel work, stone sculpture, wood and ivory carving.
The different sections show the re-interpretation of the European stylistic trends produced in Catalonia, and which are evident in quite characteristic sub-styles like Linear Gothic, Italianate Gothic, the so-called International Gothic, or that of Flemish descent, with the interesting counterpoint of non-Catalan works. Also, two sections are devoted to fourteenth and early fifteenth-century ...+ [ Read all ]


SPANISH DRAWINGS IN THE HISPANIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA. FROM THE GOLDEN AGE TO GOYA (Organised in collaboration with the Museo Nacional del Prado)
16 March to 24 June 2007
The exhibition presents a selection of over 80 works from some of the principal artists in the history of Spanish art in the modern age. Among the drawings in the exhibition are compositions by such outstanding artists as Francisco Pacheco, Vicente Carducho, Claudio Coello, Jusepe de Ribera and, above all, Francisco de Goya, by whom the public will be able to admire a large number of works.
In all, the exhibition provides the opportunity to take a look at a broad chronological period of the history of Spanish drawing, from the early works, dated at the end of the 16th century, to the later works of the first third of the 19th century. One of the most singular aspects of the show is the possibility visitors have of being able to enjoy observing works that, until their exhibition in the Museo del Prado and now the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, had never before left the Hispanic Society of America, in New York.


Previous Exhibitions

Mediae Aetatis Moneta. Coinage of the Medieval Mediterranean
7 April to 24 April 2007

Great Masters of European Painting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NewYork. From El Greco to Cézanne
1 December 2006 to 4 March 2007

Humberto Rivas. The Photographer of the Silence
14 November 2006 to 18 February 2007

Domènech i Montaner and the Discovery of the Romanesque
17 May to 29 October 2006

The Journey to Spain of Alexandre de Laborde
29 May to 29 October 2006

Parallel Views. Realist Photography in Italy and Spain
20 June to 3 September 2006

Francesc Gimeno, an Artiste Maudit
3 March to 21 May 2006

Cubism and its Environment in the Telefónica Collection
20 December 2005 to 7 May 2006

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Origins of the Modern Poster
7 February to 23 April 2006

The public image of Rome
17 December 2004 to 26 February 2006

Caravaggio and European Realistic Painting
8 April 2005 to 15 January 2006

Figurative Words. The Presence of Books in the MNAC Collections
6 May 2005 to 8 January 2006

Published/Exhibited. Photography, From the Book to the Museum
16 September to 4 December 2005

Brücke. The birth of the German Expressionism
1 June to 4 September 2005

Liliana. The Imaginary World of Apel•les Mestres
13 June to 28 August 2005

Exhibitions (3)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Five Centuries of Catalan Numismatics
14 June 2007 to 4 May 2008

Modern Posters in the Collections of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
19 July to 30 September 2007

Napper and Frith. A Photographic Journey Through the Iberian Peninsula of the 19th Century
October 2007 to January 2008

The World of the Catalan Object in the Light of Surrealism
25 October 2007 to 13 January 2008

Yves Tanguy. The Surrealist Universe
25 October 2007 to 13 January 2008


General ticket: € 8,50 (valid for two days, permanent collections, temporary exhibitions and audioguide in 7 languages)
Temporary exhibitions: contact the Museum

Reduced charges: 30% reduction
Applies to 15 to 21 year-olds, students, unemployed people, families (2 adults and 1 child) and holders of extended family document, adult groups and school or student groups accompanied by teachers or lecturers without booking.

Reduced charges: 20% reduction
Applies to Tourist Bus

MNAC (Palau Nacional on Montjuïc) / Poble Espanyol: € 12
The ticket price includes a visit to the permanent and temporary exhibitions of the MNAC.

Free visit: under 15s, over 65s, teachers with credentials and school or student groups accompanied by teachers or lecturers with previous booking, people accompanying groups and students carrying out research with credentials from the corresponding department.

Free entrance to the permanent exhibition and temporary exhibitions on the first Sunday of each month, September 11th and 24th and May 18th (International Day of the Museum).

Opening hours

Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10 am to 7 pm
Sundays and public holidays: 10 am to 2.30 pm
Mondays: closed, except public holidays
1 January, 1 May and 25 December: closed

Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10 am to 6.45 pm
Sundays and public holidays: 10 am to 2.15 pm

Getting there

Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
Palau Nacional
Parc de Montjuïc
08038 Barcelona

Tel: (+34) 936 220 360 (offices)
(+34) 936 220 376 (information service)
Fax: (+34) 936 220 383

L1 and L3 (Pl. Espanya)

Bus Parc de Montjuïc (Av. de Maria Cristina-MNAC)
50 (Av. De l'Estadi/Piscines Picornell)
13 (Av. Marquès de Comillas/Poble Espanyol)
55 (Museu MNAC/Museu Etnològic)
37, 57 and 157 (Pl. Esanya-Av. Paral•lel)
91, L71, L75, L80 and L95 (Gran Vía-Pl. Espanya)
9 and 56 (Gran Vía-Pl. Espanya)
27, 30 and 109 (Pl. Espanya-Tarragona)




Guidebooks, art books and catalogues, postcards, videos and gift items.

Oleum is the MNAC's new restaurant. It has been open since May 2005 and is run by Vilaplana Catering, part of the Compass Group, a world leader in restaurant management. Oleum is committed to an up-to-date Mediterranean cuisine based on the use of produce of the highest quality.
Oleum is set in the singular Throne Room, thus named because it was where King Alphonse XIII inaugurated the 1929 International Exhibition. With seating capacity for 80 diners, Oleum is a space measuring 230 square metres with exceptional views over Barcelona that can be seen through its large windows, and which are reflected and multiplied in the ceiling mirrors. The original décor has been kept but it has been updated and complemented with modern, comfortable furniture and fittings, made with fine materials such as wengue. Thanks to well-placed adjustable lighting, Oleum manages to create a warm and intimate atmosphere in a sober and, at the same time, elegant setting. The temperature-controlled wine cellar is a true feast for the eyes, as is the wine for the palate.
Opening times: Tuesdays to Sundays, 1 to 4 pm
Evenings: groups with advance bookings only
Bookings can be made by calling (+34) 932 890 679

The Museum accepts no responsibility for valuables left, such as photographic cameras, video cameras, mobile telephones, etc. Articles must be collected on the same day.

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The MNAC’s Department of Education offers a variety of programmes and activities, as well as a wide range of resources and services for learning directed both at school groups and the general public. The programmes are designed according to the internal characteristics of each sector of the public.
In the field of formal education, the educational programmes supplement the curriculum, disclosing other aspects and values linked to the work of art. The Department of Education has outline programmes designed to make progress in the understanding of new pedagogical ideas, to make observation easier and propose the creation of new avenues of work. Examples of this would be the programme 'The Museum: common ground for integration', directed at people or groups that suffer some kind of exclusion for social, physical or psychological reasons and who have difficulty in relating personally to the Museum, and the programme 'The Museum welcomes', aimed at dealing with external pedagogical proposals related to art and art education.
The Department of Education, aside from the loan of didactic material which you will find specified in Educational resources, offers personalized attention to teachers and educators in general. At these meetings, a first contact with the Museum's collections, a series of guidelines' are given for integrating art into the school curriculum and different ways of using the museum as an educational resource are proposed. The hours of attention are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from midday to 2.00 pm. Please phone beforehand to make an appointment, on (+34) 936 220 360 or email [ Read all ]


Reservations must be made with 10 days' notice.
Tel: (+34) 936 220 375
Fax: (+34) 936 220 383

Adults: Minimum 10 to maximum 25 people per group. 1 monitor per group.
Students over 18: Minimum 10 to maximum 25 people per group. 1 monitor per group.
Schoolchildren under 18: Minimum 10 to maximum 25 people per group. Up to 20 students, 1 person in charge and between 21 and 25 students, 2 people in charge.

Reservations must be made with 15 days' notice. Minimum 10 to maximum 25 people per monitor.
Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
Languages: Catalan, Spanish, English and French

Guided Visits to the Permanent Collection (Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, Cambó, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Modern Art Collections):
Tuesdays to Sundays by prior appointment
Group visit service for the deaf in Catalan sign language (LSC) every first Saturday of the month at 11 am.

Guided Visit Charges:
Adults and Students – Catalan and Spanish € 65, English and French € 87,50


The Friends of the MNAC have a series of advantages and privileges. All of our associates receive a personal identification card, a series of discounts in the Museum shop, exclusive out of hours visits to the temporary exhibitions as well as a three times agenda of different events, trips and visits to institutions and destinations around the world.
The Friends of the MNAC have a special card to identify them as such and many other benefits, according to the category of membership chosen (annual contribution):

Student Friend: € 24,00
Senior Friend (over 65): € 24,00
Individual Friend: € 40,00
Family Friend: € 60,00 (the same privileges as Individual Friend plus a free publication chosen by the Museum).
Collaborator Friend: € 75, 00 (the same privileges as Individual Friend plus a free publication chosen by the Museum).
Protector Friend: From € 120 (the same privileges as Collaborator Friend plus a free supplementary publication).
Benefactor Friend: From € 600 (the same privileges as Collaborator Friend plus a free supplementary publication and a year’s visitor’s pass to the Museum for two people).
Honorary Member: From € 1.800 (the same privileges as the Collaborator Friend plus receipt of the exhibition catalogues from the temporary exhibitions at the Museum, two permanent visitor’s passes to the Museum for four people and free subscription to the Bulletin of the MNAC).

For more information, write to:

Fundació Amics del MNAC
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc
08038 Barcelona
Tel: (+34) 936 220 360 ext. 4500
Fax: (+34) 934 235 922
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Venue hire

The Oval Hall is inside the Palau Nacional, which, since 1929 has hosted and continues to play host to the celebration of many different events, such as the Festa Literària de Santa Llúcia.

This oval hall, measuring 1.600 m2, with a maximum capacity for 1.200 people, is an ideal venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of congresses and the holding of receptions of all kinds, plus cultural and business events. The Museum also has other areas available, suitable for the celebration of less heavily attended events, such as the vestibule.

Furthermore, the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya offers the possibility of combining the organization of these events with a private visit to the Museum's collections.

To reserve the room and receive information about the conditions of hire (Oval Hall and vestibule), you can call (+34) 936 220 360 or email