Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya (mNACTEC) Terrassa
The mission of mNACTEC is to permanently show the implantation and evolution of scientific and technical advances in Catalonia, its industrial application and, especially, its involvement and social impact, as shown by the content of the exhibitions.
The mNACTEC headquarters is located in Terrassa, in one of the most emblematic factory buildings of Catalan modernism: the Vapor Aymerich, Amat i Jover, an old textile factory designed by the architect Lluís Muncunill and built between 1907 and 1908.
The desire to create a science and technology museum in Catalonia began in the late 19th century. In 1937, the Republican Generalitat, responding to this old Catalan aspiration, published an order to create the Museum.
The Civil War and the subsequent dictatorship of General Franco interrupted the project, which remained forgotten until the 1970s. At that time, the Associació d'Enginyers Industrials de Catalunya recovered the initiative to found a science and technology museum and, in 1979, they formed the Associació del Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica i d'Arqueologia Industrial de Catalunya with the will to gather efforts for the creation of the Museum and preserve the assets of the industrial heritage. In 1996 the first permanent exhibition was inaugurated and the restoration works of the main nave of the building were completed.
In 1981, the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya took over the project and in 1983 bought the Aymerich factory, Amat i Jover, the former textile steam mill from Terrassa, in order to make it the headquarters of the museum, and in 1984 opened the factory to the public. The Museums Law of November 2, 1990, declared it the National Museum and established it as an autonomous entity.
In 2014 different events commemorating its 30th anniversary were held.