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National Art Museum of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya)
National Art Museum of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya)

National Art Museum of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya)

Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuc, Barcelona, 08038

The Basics

The majestic palace of the National Art Museum of Catalonia towers over Barcelona from its perch above Plaça Espanya and the Montjüic Fountain. The building is an attraction in its own right and many sightseeing tours of the city stop there. Visitors can choose between a single admission ticket to the museum or a museum pass that grants skip-the-line entry to six Barcelona museums, including the Picasso Museum and Joan Miró Foundation.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Barcelona

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A beautiful place, full of history...
Codrina B, Oct 2017
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A beautiful place, full of history, art and architecture that can not be missed if you visit Barcelona !!! Stunning views from the top of the building !!!
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This is an absolute MUST see. Get...
Ulrike N, Feb 2018
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This is an absolute MUST see. Get there early. The quantity as well as quality of Catalunyan art is fabulous and deeply impactful. Hint: Your ticket includes a trip up to the roof terrace. May I suggest you do that first, before the lines to the small elevator are long. Great views if you do the full roof top tour and don't just take the first exit down again.
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The grounds that the museum sits on...
Jerry W, May 2016
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The grounds that the museum sits on is far more impressive than the art inside, in my opinion.
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Tickets not necessarily required. If...
Taggett C, Oct 2016
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Tickets not necessarily required. If you research, you can go for No Charge after a certain time of Day.
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Voucher must be exchanged. Someone...
spittingfire, Apr 2016
Skip the Line: National Art Museum of Catalonia Entrance Ticket
Voucher must be exchanged. Someone was at the front to direct people and answer questions. Seniors get in free. It was nice to see inside.
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Sublime!
Ali_A, Mar 2020
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Out of all the museums I've seen in this world, this one is by far the most beautiful both on exterior AND interior. I must have taken nearly 100 photos of the exterior facades, towers, and gardens alone. Furthermore, the artwork is quite extraordinary and very well laid out, chronologically lined up from Romanesque, to Gothic, to Baroque, and finally to Modern. All of the exhibits are simply splendid to behold, and in my opinion it is WELL WORTH visiting this museum if you happen to be visiting Barcelona for at least one day.
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Very enjoyable visit to the gallery...
Fred D, Oct 2016
Skip the Line: National Art Museum of Catalonia Entrance Ticket
Very enjoyable visit to the gallery although menu prices at the restaurant are a bit much!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The museum is a must-see for art lovers and architecture buffs.

  • Book your entrance ticket ahead of time to skip the line at the ticket office and spend more time enjoying the collection.

  • Most of the museum spaces are wheelchair-accessible, and wheelchairs are available to rent from the cloakroom.

  • Free Wi-Fi is available on both floors of the museum.

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How to Get There

There are several ways to get to the hilltop museum. Ride the funicular from Parallel metro station, or take the Barcelona metro to Plaça Espanya (Line 1 or 3) and walk up the hill to the museum entrance. The Barcelona hop-on hop-off bus stops at the museum as well.

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Trip ideas

Gaudi's Barcelona

Gaudi's Barcelona


When to Get There

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday year-round, though hours vary from season to season. Admission is free on the first Sunday of each month, when the museum can get rather crowded. Plan to visit first thing in the morning on a weekday for the best experience.

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Famous Landmarks in La Ribera

The extensive museum collection can be overwhelming, so it’s a good idea to pick out a few highlights you’d like to see before you arrive. Visitor favorites often include the collection of Modernista design pieces by Antoni Gaudí, Zurbarán’s Immaculate Conception, and works by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, and Rubens.

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