The MNAC is based in the Palau Nacional, which was surprisingly beautiful on the inside and an extra incentive for the visit. There are 2 floors, and 5 huges "rooms" (Roman // Gothic // Renaissance & Baroque // Modern & Contemporary + Drawings Prints & Posters // Numismatics). And also a temporary photography exposition on the second floor. You receive a handy folder with an overview of the Museum's masterpieces per collection. That would theoretically allow you to do a "quick visit" of all the highlights.
I only got to see the first floor (Roman / Gothic / Renaissance & Baroque) as I like to take my time to enjoy art.
From what I saw, my definite preference went out to the Gothic room. But then again, I did not get to see second floor, which probably housed many gems too.
Two small disappointments :
- the in-house cafeteria closed at 4:00 pm while the museum was open until 6:00 pm . There was another cafetaria outside, but it was quite cold and windy and not ideal to sit on the terrace.
- I planned to combine the MNAC with the Font Magica (absolutely worth the wait!!!) A little inconvenient that the museum closed at 6:00 and the Font Magica only started at 7:00. All visitors from the MNAC waited outside the museum, because the Font Magica is located at the bottom of a set of stairs at the foot of the MNAC.
As it wasn't the warmest November night however, the waiting was a bit chilly.
Fortunately we were warmed up and entertained by a jazzy band of wonderful street musicians, who played while we waited for the fountain show to start.
I would definitely recommend both the MNAC and the Font Magica. (even if I had other expectations from the music that accompanied the fountain show). The Font Magica is like fireworks, except that it's in water. It kept me glued to the spot for well over an hour.
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