Few places in Barcelona have the charm of Montjuïc and surroundings: the gardens, the avenue, the magic fountain, the palace in the background … It is a magical setting, perfect for walking and off a bit of the big city. But this place has to offer even more: if you like art, you can not go there without entering the MNAC, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, in the imposing palace of Montjuïc.
With almost 250,000 works, inside you’ll find works from Romanesque art to modern, to 4,000 exceptional pieces of the history of photography, drawings, prints and also a collection of over 135,000 coins of s. IV B.C. until today. Impressive, right?
Toulouse-Latrec, Dürer, Dalí, Tintoretto, Velázquez and Rubens await you with a collection of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque art, awaiting with a Romanesque collection famous worldwide for its extensive collection of murals.
The MNAC is housed in what was once the Palau Nacional, built for the International Exhibition of 1929. In his Oval Office, Alfonso XIII and Queen Victoria Eugenia opened this convention, which would ultimately change the face of Barcelona forever: no in vain was at this time that Montjuïc was conquered by the city.
Beyond its artistic merits, you will also fall in love with its architecture: designed with an eclectic and historicist style, MNAC has a number of featured areas to which it is worth paying attention. One of the highlights is the Oval Office, a huge dome flooded by natural light that stands out for its curved shapes and striking color of the stones.
One of the most emblematic areas of the MNAC is the library located in what was the old Palace Tea Lounge. Before becoming library, this space was used as a workshop for the restoration of the museum.
And last but not least important, do not forget to visit the new terraces lookout: over 1,000 m2 that offer a 360º view of Barcelona, where you can enjoy events as incredible as the Font màgica show. These terraces are accessed by the Cabinet of the King, located next to the Queen on both sides of the throne room. The original furnishings of these rooms are still preserved in the museum.
Once you’re done with the museum, nothing like relaxing walks through the more than 10 gardens surrounding nearby: the botanical park, Migdia viewpoint, Teatre Grec gardens… And if you do not have enough, you still have to visit all the facilities related to the Olympics. Montjuïc has a thousand faces!