The Palau Nacional (National Palace) was the main site of the 1929 International Exhibition on the hill of Montjuïc in Barcelona. Since 1934 it has been home to the National Art Museum of Catalonia. Between 1996 and 2004, the palace was extended to accommodate the National Art Museum’s entire collection of over 5,000 artworks.
The Great Hall (Gran Saló), or Oval Room (Saló Oval), was conceived as a space for the hosting of great events; from the official ceremony to the inauguration of the Exhibition to concerts, balls, galas and conferences. The hall is 2,300 m² and has standing room for 1,300 people.
The National Art Museum of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya), abbreviated as MNAC, is the national museum of Catalan visual art. The museum is especially notable for its outstanding collection of romanesque church paintings, and for Catalan art and design from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including modernisme and noucentisme. It is one of the largest museums in Spain.
The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is in front of the Palau.
Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona, Spain.
Metro: Plaça de Espanya
Opening times Winter: October to April, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Sundays and public holidays, 10 am to 3 pm.
Opening times Summer: May to September, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sundays and public holidays, 10 am to 3 pm
Mondays closed, except public holidays. Closed: January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.