The building

The building

The Palau Nacional, constructed for the International Exposition of 1929, is the location of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. The Palau Nacional, which just about extends to 50,000 m2, is a building of major proportions, which relates to models of academic classicism of the period within the ambit of the universal exposition. Its façade is crowned by a large dome, inspired by that of St Peter’s of the Vatican; two lesser domes on either side, and four towers inspired by the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostella.

It is located on the hill of Montjuïc, a privileged setting from which you can enjoy magnificent and unique views of Barcelona. The front access to the Palau Nacional is reached by a major stone staircase from the avenue of Reina Maria Cristina, flanked half way up by the major luminous and monumental fountains by Carles Buïgas.

History of the Palau Nacional

The history of the Palau Nacional, from the project of Josep Puig i Cadafalch, in 1920, the remodeling of the foyer, in 2013, with the chronology of the building.

Unique venues

Do you know the spaces of the museum?

In this section you will find information about the halls of the museum and its most emblematic spaces.

Events & Venues

The Palau Nacional offers the possibility of renting out some of its spaces.

Take unique your events, in a historic and emblematic space and with great capacity.

The Museu Nacional will contact the customer to specify the needs and the budget of the event you want to organize.

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Discover what accounted for the exhibition of the year 1929 for Barcelona and what traces remain on the mountain of Montjuïc.