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“Amazing museum, plan sufficient time to visit”

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC
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Barcelona National Art Museum of Catalonia...
Ranked #37 of 757 things to do in Barcelona
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Owner description: An art museum containing hundreds of pieces from the medieval age to the 19th century.
Reviewed 30 November 2013

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.

Thank Kristina L
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

From the nearest metro station, there was a very big park and the museum was on the hill. It was great view to see city.

There was a cloak and I left my coat and luggage there. There were some separated sections per theme in the museum and I could start to see anywhere.

There were cafes in the building and outside.

Thank Harempercussion
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

It is a large building with varied types of art, including frescoes rescued from old churches to modern sculptures by Gargallo to the Thyssen Bornemisza collections.

Thank emx88
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

This museum is set high above Barcelona. When you enter at the front there are several sections of steps which take an effort even if you are in good shape. There also are escalators on the side of the steps for those who want. The building is beautiful and the art plentiful. We sat outside and had an ice cream and enjoyed the spectacular view. I recommend you do the same.
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

A beautiful modern building set in amongst the ancient buildings of the University. Several exhibitions all divided into seperate rooms and clearly laid out.

Even if you are not an art lover you will appreciate the air conditioned building and the chill out area.

Thank JudeWed
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