In the image, you can read the text "Els enigmes del Museu Nacional" (The Enigmas of the National Art Museum) and on the right side, there is a drawing of a fingerprint.

Discover the mysteries of the MNAC's artworks!

Explore Romanesque and Gothic collections with clue games and self-guided itineraries.

The National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) offers you a different and fun way to get to know the artworks from the Romanesque and Gothic collections through two clue games. This activity is ideal for doing it autonomously and self-guided while visiting the museum's halls, but it can also be done from home. So, you just have to become a detective for a day to solve the set of mysteries hidden in the collection.

These two clue games are, on the one hand, "The Bestiary Robbery," and on the other hand, "A Crime Has Been Painted." In relation to "The Bestiary Robbery," the game starts with the disappearance of a page from an illuminated manuscript where a group of animals is drawn. Therefore, the investigation will consist of discovering who the manuscript thief is and, at the same time, finding the missing page. To do this, it will be necessary to delve into the paintings of the Romanesque art collection. As for the other game, "A Crime Has Been Painted," the challenge is to solve the murder of a shepherd that happened centuries ago. So, you will have to immerse yourself in the Gothic paintings collection to find out who the murderer was. In both cases, the participant is provided with a notebook with instructions and various activities to help gather all the data and, in this way, identify the thief and the murderer, respectively. Once the activity is completed, you can go to the information counter in the MNAC's lobby, and if you have done it correctly, you will receive a gift.

In the case of doing the activity from home, you have access to the notebooks of both activities, as well as the solutions on the website. The activity is ongoing and included with the general admission, but prior registration is required. It is important to note that some of the artworks from the activity may be located outside their usual location.

The museum's opening hours are from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 AM to 8 PM, and on Sundays and holidays, from 10 AM to 3 PM. This is an experience recommended for ages 7 and up. For more information about the activity, you can access it through this link.

Publication date: Friday, 04 August 2023
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