Where Shall We Begin? Museu de la Ciencia i de la Tecnica de Catalunya: Experiences
Jaume Matamala I Cura, Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya, Terrassa, Spain
Nowadays it’s fashionable to open new museums looking for a world-wide acclaim. The “ Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya » (mNACTEC) neither wanted nor was capable of such success. We decided to create a museum linked with reality and the regions identity. A museum which explain the history and the evolution of global technology putting the emphasis on things that were invented or designed or produced or widely used in Catalonia which profoundly influence our daily lives.
The evolution of science, technology and industry would be impossible without human activity. How can we explain this in the museums without interactivity? How can you describe the smell of a rose without smelling it? How do you explain how to make a sheet of paper without making it yourself?
Where does coal come from? Try going to a mine and thinking what it was like to work there. Is electricity a magic force? Why not generate electricity yourself using the power of water, coal, the sun or just static electricity.
You could ask the same questions about the production of leather, flour, iron, bricks, chemicals or other human needs. The 20 museums in the “SYSTEM” explain and help people understand through using their senses, the evolution and development of science, technology and industry. Twenty museums, both public and private, are working together through educational, environmental and marketing programmes to preserve our heritage.
Twenty museums set in a small territory of merely 32.000Km2 and 6.000.000 inhabitants located on the Mediterranean coast in the SW of Europe called Catalonia.
That is what we call the Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya System.