Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, Barcelona

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    The Mother of all Museums

    by mikey_e Written Nov 21, 2007

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    Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya is, without hyperbole, a MASSIVE temple of art and culture. I have been to this museum three times and have not seen the entire collection. The works of art in the MNAC span from Roman and Mediaeval pieces (especially in the Maria Thyssen collection) all the way up to modern works of art. It also houses special exhibits in a sort of basement room, with sometimes impressive displays of works by Catalan artists or by world-renown figures like Pablo Picasso and Tolouse-Lautrec.

    The expansive collection of this museum has led to its policy of selling two-day tickets both for regular admission and special exhibits. One doesn't give you admission to the other, but you can by a ticket for both special and regular shows. Make sure to start off by studying the map. The works are arranged in roughly chronological order (obviously not exactly chronological, but in such a way that you can progress through the various periods of style and technique) and make sure you can well enough before closing time that you can split up the rooms between the two days of ticket validity without being rushed.

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    Royal Palace

    by rcsparty Written Jul 8, 2007

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    This building was built in 1929 for the Int'l Exhibition. Since 1934, it has housed the Museum of Catalunyan Art. It includes one of the best collections of Romaneque items, centered around 12th century frescoes. There is a great restaurant for lunch on the 2nd floor, with a beautiful view of the city.

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    National Museum of Art of Catalunya MNAC

    by sylina Written Apr 9, 2007

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    The museu locates on Montjuic. It collects sculptures, carvings, paintings and other artworks in Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque style.. also a great place to appreciate Catalán art.

    Take metro to get Placa Espanya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1). Then you will see it... Climb up the terrance to get a wonderful view of Barcelona city.

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    MNAC - MUSEU NACIONAL d'ART de CATALUNYA

    by zuriga Written Apr 8, 2007

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    Up in Montjuic, there are quite a few museums and the MNAC is one of the grandest. It contains almost a thousand years of art - also Modernisme and avant garde sculpture. Photographic exhibitions and the history of coins is also part of the collection. Nearby is a museum focusing on cultures of the world.

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    Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

    by vichatherly Updated Jul 21, 2006
    Steps up to Museu Nacional d'Art de Cataluyna

    A great place to walk around on a Summers evening. Get there early for the amazing "Font Mágica" musical water fountain displays which are on between 21:30 and 23:30 Thursday to Sunday during the summer months.

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    Art Museum - Museo de Arte

    by spanishguy Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    In my opinion, it's the best museum in town. I was specially interested in the Romanesque section, with ones of the oldest Spanish paintings, coming from the Catalonian Romanesque churches. The Baroque and Gothic section are very interesting also, as well as the 19th and 20th centuries section. This museum worth a stressless visit. You can take an audioguide free of charge if you ask for them. Unfortunatly it's not allowed to take pictures of pieces of arts but I toke some photos of the building itself.

    En mi opinión, este es el mejor museo de la ciudad. Lo que más me interesaba era la sección del románico, con unas de las pinturas españolas más antiguas, procedentes de iglesias románicas catalanas. La sección del barroco y el gótico es muy interesante también, así como la de los siglos XIX y XX. EL museo merece una visita sin estrés. Puedes coger una audioguía sin coste, siempre que la pidas al entrar. Lamentablemente no está peritido tomar fotos de las obras de arte, pero yo tomé algunas del propio edificio.

    Visiting hours / Horario de visita

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays / Martes, miércoles, viernes y sábados: 10:00 - 19:00
    Thursdays / Jueves: 10:00 - 21:00
    Sundays / Domingos: 10:00 - 14:30

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    Montjuic Palace - Palacio de Montjuic

    by spanishguy Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    This beautiful building is one of the Barcelona's landmaks, at the end of María Cristina Av. on top of the hill. It was built for the International Exhibition in 1929 and it houses the National Musum of Art of Catalonia since 1934. This palace remembers me of "El Pilar" basilica, in Zaragoza with its towers and the dome. There are escalators to arrive to its entrance, from where you can enjoy a good view of the city.

    Este bonito edificio es una de las señales de identidad de Barcelona, al final de la avenida de María Cristina. Fue construido para la Exposición Internacional de 1929 y acoje el Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña desde 1934. Este palacio me recuerda al Pilar de Zaragoza, con sus torres y cúpula. Hay escaleras mecánicas para llegar a su entrada, desde la que se pueden disfrutar de unas magníficas vistas de la ciudad.

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    Art

    by Cammel11 Written Mar 13, 2006

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    Not only is the art in this musem amazing, so is the architecture itself! This building is incredibly massive! If you enjoy art you must visit this museum. Often people don't reconize the talents of the Catalan artists. I was blown away!!

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    The world's finest collection of Romanesque art

    by Tripack Updated Sep 4, 2005

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    The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya is one of the most important museums in Catalonia. The MNAC is a must-see and brings together one of the most important museum collections of Romanesque art in the world. The museum also has outstanding collections of Gothic, Renaissance and baroque art. As if that wasn't enough, there is always an extremely interesting temporary exhibition to see. From the Palau Nacional building, which is the museum's headquarters, built for the 1929 International Exhibition, you can enjoy one of the most glorious views of the city, with the trade fair precinct and the Magic Fountain in the foreground, which offers a night-time sound and light show.

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    Museu National d' Art Catalunya

    by stressball Written Feb 23, 2005

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    The MNAC

    A trip to this museum is worth the time even if you only stand atop the steps and enjoy the beautiful view of Barcelona

    The MNAC is also easily accessible by metro or the Bus Turistic.

    This museum houses the largest collection of Catalan art in Spain, thus giving you an impressive view of how the Catalan artwork has influenced today's art. The MNAC is also the home of many Roman artifacts and artmwork.

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    ART WITHIN ART

    by bryINpoland Written Jan 30, 2005

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    the national art museum of catalunya barcelona was outrageous! in a good way ofcourse.

    forget the art inside, the buidling that the art is housed in itself is a work of art. we were blown away by its massive size and beauty. well done barcelone! well done spain! mucho bonita!

    definitly worth a visit to while in barcelona. if u want more info on the museum like ticket prices and hours of operation visit their english webiste national art museum

    please feel free to rate this tip, or any of my other tips. i am always looking to improve. thank u...

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    Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (Palau Nacional)

    by Blatherwick Written Jan 9, 2005

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    Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (Palau Nacional)

    The Palau Nacional was constructed for the 1929 International Exhibition and is now the major depository of Catalán art. The National Art Museum of Catalonia is one of the most important centers for Romanesque art in the world. More than 100 pieces, including sculptures, icons, and frescoes, are on display. The highlight of the museum is the collection of murals from various Romanesque churches. The frescoes and murals are displayed in apses, much as they were in the churches in which they were found. Each is placed in sequential order, providing the viewer with a tour of Romanesque art from its primitive beginnings to the more advanced, late Romanesque and early Gothic era.

    In front of the Palau Nacional are the magic fountains. At night there are choreographed water and light shows. However, the place is nice at all times of the day.

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    Our National Museum

    by morganna Updated Jul 28, 2004
    Mural painting of Sant Climent de Taull, in MNAC

    You could think it is a bit weird a National Museum in Barcelona... but don't. MNAC is a national museum of Catalonia, as they say: the complete history of catalan art.

    Catalonia has been without nation since a lot of centuries ago, so you can imagine how difficult is to create a museum of this characteristics. I mean there are no monarchy collection under all these rooms, which use to be the main source of big museums.

    This is also the reason for the importance of MEDIEVAL ART in MNAC, the absolute highlight of the museum, specially the gothic area, which illustrates the high point and the moment of maximum territorial expansion of Catalonia. You will enjoy mural paintings, woodcarvings or enamel work. If you don't like this kind of art, maybe this is not your place.

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    Catalonia National Museum of Art

    by bpwillet Written Feb 7, 2004

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    Overlooking the city-Palau Nacional-Montjuic

    This museum sits upon the hills of Parc Montjuic. There are some spectacular views from the top terraces overlooking the area of Plaza Espana and the rest of Barcelona. The museum itself has some impressive collections of Romanesque and Gothic art, even some 12th century frescoes rescued from mountainous monastaries.

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    National Palace-Catalonia National Art Museum

    by bpwillet Written Feb 7, 2004

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    Fountains of the National Palace

    The Palau Nacional, the most spectacular building in Spain Square, was built for the Universal Exposition of 1929,with the intent to build a monumental, grandiose and enormous building. The architects were Enric Català and Pedro Cendoya, with the collaboration of Pere Domènech i Roure. The palace has undergone some restorations by the Italian architect Gae Aulenti, and now houses the Catalonia National Art Museum (MNAC). The Museum is open from 10am, and is free on the first Thursday of each month.

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