Operational approaches

Mission and objectives of the Museum

The National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia (mNACTEC) is one of only three national museums to exist in Catalonia as a result of the Museums Act (Act 17/1990, of 2 November 1990). It is a nationally owned Museum dependent on the Directorate-General for Archives, Libraries, Museums and Heritage.

The mNACTEC coordinates the actions of its Territorial Structure, comprising 28 museums and centres of heritage interest, while also belonging to the leading science, technology, industry and innovation museum and heritage networks such as TICCIH (The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage), ECSITE (European Network of Science Centres and Museums), ERIH (European Route of Industrial Heritage) and AMCCTE (Association of Science and Technology Museums and Centres of Spain).


The mission of the mNACTEC is to showcase and promote an understanding of scientific, technical and industrial culture, and furthermore to preserve, study and present the establishment and evolution of scientific and technical advances in Catalonia, their industrial application, and above all their social implications and impact.



The main aims of the mNactec are:

  • To execute the national desire to expand, document, preserve, manage and carefully and effectively publicise the national collection of scientific, technical and industrial heritage.
  • Foster the knowledge and dissemination of the scientific, technical and industrial heritage of Catalonia and the history of its industrialisation, in both national and international terms
  • Link this heritage of industrial society to the heritage of contemporary Catalan society itself, creating, using, conserving and showcasing it as an inherent element of its identity
  • To serve as a showcase for the past, present and future of Catalan science and technology.
  • To be, together with the Territorial Structure of museums and heritage centres, a national and international flagship for the heritage and museum presentation of contemporary industrial society.