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 national museum dependent on the Directorate-General of Cultural Heritage of the Department of Culture of Generalitat de Catalunya and part of the administration of the Catalan Agency for Cultural Heritage.
In addition to its central branch in the former Modernist building of the Aymerich, Amat i Jover Factory in Terrassa, MNACTEC has another three branches (the Museum of the Sedó Colony in Esparreguera, the Palau Forge in Ripoll and the Castellar de n’Hug Cement Museum). It also coordinates the actions of its Territorial System, which is made up of almost thirty museums and centres of heritage interest.
The Museum is also part of the main heritage networks and networks of science, technology, industry and innovation networks including TICCIH (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 National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia is a cultural institution which aims to study, interpret, conserve, promote and showcase the implementation and evolution of scientific and technical advances, their industrial application and particularly their involvement and effects in society, all in an innovative and participatory manner.
CONTEMPORARY CULTURE: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY
The main aims of the MNACTEC are: