The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya or MNAC as it is abbreviated to is the national art museum of Catalonia. It is located on Montjuïc hill in the Palau Nacional and houses one of the world’s best collections of Romanesque church paintings. There is also a stunning collection of Catalan art from the end of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th Century found here.
Although there has been a museum of Catalan art located here since 1934, it wasn’t declared a national museum until 1990. There was extensive renovation work carried out on site in the run up to the Olympics and various exhibits were added to the collection too. In 2004 the museum was officially inaugurated.
The Romanesque art found in the museum includes an outstanding series of mural paintings and there is an impressive Gothic art collection too. The Renaissance and Baroque Art Collection in the museum was first established by acquiring local pieces and then was grown through donations and acquisitions from private galleries. This is quite unusual for Renaissance and Baroque art collections which are usually established through aristocratic or royal collections.
Anyone who appreciates art will absolutely love a visit to this museum. If you are going to visit make sure you allocate a whole morning or afternoon to it however as there is so much to see!