With the help of an audioguide*, a map, and a tourist booklet, you can explore the most important aspects of the history of the monastery as well as the most significant areas of the Montserrat sanctuary. The four proposed routes take you to the Basilica, the Holy Cave, the Degotalls Way, and the Via Crucis.
The new Montserrat Audiovisual Room — in a completely renovated space — showcases what Montserrat is all about and what it means. The exhibition revolves around three main elements: the mountain, the monastery, and the sanctuary. [readmore]
Montserrat has displayed in all its complexity and richness thanks to a museum exhibition that deploys various innovative resources and a cutting-edge audiovisual presentation. The end result is that visitors to personally experience the mountain, history, the monastery and the sense of the monastic life.
Located in a space designed by architect Puig i Cadafalch, the Montserrat Museum (MDM) boasts one of the most important art collections in Catalonia. It includes works by Caravaggio, El Greco, Rusiñol, Casas, Picasso, Dalí, Monet, etc., and features a significant collection of archaeological artifacts from the ancient world including archaeological finds from the Middle East (ancient Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Holy Land, etc.). The museum sets up temporary exhibitions in addition to its permanent collections. The MDM was declared Museum of National Interest in 2006.
Take a break at any moment to enjoy a tasting of Montserrat spirits at our Shop. The lunch can be at the Buffet Montserrat or La Cafeteria. The Basilica is home to the image of the Virgin of Montserrat, a Romanesque sculpture dating from the late 12th century featuring delicately carved features. Apart from the liturgical events that take place every day, visitors can enjoy the Escolania Boychoir — one of the oldest music schools in Europe (see timetables).
How to get there:
The best option to reach Montserrat from Barcelona is to take the train and rack railway. At Barcelona - Plaça Espanya Station (metro and train station), there are trains of the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya leaving for Montserrat every hour starting at 8:36 am. All trains: 8:36 - 9:36 -10:36 -11:36 - 12:36 - 13:36 -14:36 (please check in advance).
These tickets are not refundable due to the booking system characteristics
For entering the church: knees, stomach and shoulders must be covered for both genders
Please do not enter Basilica with bags larger than 40 x 30 cm
Photos can be taken in the Basilica without flash and if there is no services are held. At the Throne of Our Lady please do not take any photos