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The History Museum of Catalonia has become established as a leading institution popularising our collective historical and culture heritage. The permanent exhibition offers an attractive, interactive story of the history of Catalonia from earliest times to the present day, complemented with educational and cultural activities, conservation projects, workshops and temporary exhibitions. Our intention is to be a cultural centre that is open and accessible to everyone and we want our visitors to have the chance to learn about, debate and enjoy all aspects of history.
History of the museum
The History Museum of Catalonia opened its doors in February 1996. Unlike other museums, it was not the result of a need to display an existing collection but rather the desire to become a leading centre for popularising our collective history and heritage.
SOM Museu d'Història de Catalunya
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The team of professionals who work at the History Museum of Catalonia are organised into different areas to attend to and manage the institution’s different functions. See the organisational chart and e-mail address of each department.
Mission and strategy
A museum is, essentially, an instrument to help preserve the collective memory of a society. The History Museum of Catalonia is also intended to be a space open to everyone so that people can meet, debate and reflect.
The museum building
The Palau de Mar it is in fact the only surviving construction from the old industrial port of Barcelona. The building were designed in 1881 by the engineer Maurici Garrán, who was inspired by English port buildings of the period.
Centre for the Contemporary History of Catalonia
The Centre for the Contemporary History of Catalonia (CHCC) is intended to collect documents about the contemporary history of Catalonia, promote research and popularise the subject. Along these lines, the CHCC promotes and, in some cases, directs, studies and research work, as well as writing down the memoires of people who have experiences of the Civil War, the post-war period, the fight against Francoism and exile.