National Palace (Palau Nacional)
National Art Museum Of Catalonia

From: Barcelona Travel Guide

See also: Sagrada FamiliaMagic Fountain

National Palace
The National Palace is the home of the National Art Museum of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya) and is located on Montjuic Hill, in the Sants-Montjuic district of Barcelona.

The buildings Foundation stone was laid down in 1926 and was officially opened in 1929. In 1934 it became the home of the Museu d'Art Nacional and contains such areas as the Oval Hall which contains a large dome and the smaller private Sert Room which contains impressive wall panels by the painter Josep M Sert, as well as other areas that include modern auditoriums and restaurants.

The museum houses both a permanent art collection as well as temporary exhibits and collections that span many thousands of years of art and feature Romanesque Art, Gothic Art, Baroque Art, Renaissance Art and Mediaeval Art containing examples by such greats as Velazquez, Rubens and El Greco.

Amongst the collections there are sculptures, photography, engravings, drawings, coinage and paintings and the museum also offers a great deal of information about the artwork found at the venue as well.

The National Art Museum of Catalonia also has a shop with many unique souvenirs and gifts inspired by the venue including stationary, prints, ceramics and literature.

Location of the National Palace
The National Palace is located at 08038 in the Sants Montjuic district at the end of the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina where the Magic Fountain is located and also the Montjuic Olympic Stadium.

Travel Guide
There are regular bus services to the MNAC, such as 55 which stop close to the entrance alternatively bus stop Placa de Carloes Buigas (13 and 150) is within walking distance of the Magic fountain. The nearest Metro station is Plaza Espana lines 1 and 3 and the museum also offers plenty of parking.