The MNAC, the National Museum of Art of Catalonia is a museum that groups together the most important Catalan art in the world going from the Romanic to nowadays art.
The museum is located in the National Palace in Montjuïc and it was inaugurated in 1929 due to the International Exhibition. There are also three different institutions that are part of the museum: the library Museu Victor Balaguer de Vilanova i la Geltrú, the Museum of la Garrotxa in Olot and Cau Ferrat Museum in Sitges.
The National Palace project was given to Puig i Cadafalch architect but when the Primo de Rivera dictatorship arrived he was taken out of the project and it was given to other architects: Eugenio Cendoya and Enric Catà with the supervision of Pere Domènech i Roura.
If you are into art this is your museum, it is about National art and the building is an expression of that, national architects and artists all together to built what would hold all those pieces of art.
The permanent art collection is mainly about the following art styles and times:
Medieval Romanic, medieval gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, Modern art, Drawings and posters and photography. You will be able to experience the best mural Romanic paintings in the world and some of the best representatives of the Catalan Modernism like Gaudí and Casas. The Gothic art is also present and includes some of the best European painters in the Reinassaince and the baroque such as Tiziano and Velázquez.
Check out the temporary exhibitions as well when you go visit the museum, they change every year so it is interesting to see what is on offer.
From October to April from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 to 18h; Sunday and holidays: 10 to 15h
From May to September, from Tuesday and Saturday, from 10 to 20h; Sunday and holidays, 10 to 15h
Mondays the museum is closed, except for holiday Mondays that is opened.
The general entrances costs 12€ for an adult. If you are not interested in visiting the exhibitions you can get in to visit the building on the inside for 2€.