MhiC – The Museum of the History of Immigration in Catalonia

About The Museum

El logo del MhiC, a la porta del museu. El Museu d’història de la immigració de Catalunya (MhiC) va obrir les seves portes l’any 2004. És per tant un museu del segle XXI, amb una clara vocació d’educació a la ciutadania, on la creació del Fons patrimonial és oberta i participativa.

The Museum of the History of Immigration in Catalonia (MhiC) opened its doors in 2004. It is therefore a museum of the 21st century, with a clear educational vocation for the citizenship, where the creation of the Heritage Fund is open and participatory.

The content of MhiC is articulated along the three areas of its permanent exhibitions:

Humans in motion, Sevillano Barcelona Termino and Espai Migrar.

Humans in motion introducing us to the exhibition, begins by presenting the migratory processes of human being, through a conceptual and terminological perspective, in order to familiarize our public with the naturalness of the migratory phenomenon and the global vision of this concept.

Sevillano Barcelona Termino is the second exhibition area, that approaches the most representative aspects of immigration to Catalonia, during the twentieth century, departing from the causes and the consequences in our territory. Here, what stands out is the part of the testimony as generator of the heritage fund and as an agent and producer of the migration discourse. The protagonists of the internal migrations in Catalonia speak in first person, and they accompany us on a departing trip, while we sit in an original train wagon of 1959 that takes us to a definitive moment of the history of immigration in our territory.

Finally, we take off to globalization again; Concerning the 21st century we examine migrations through a prevalent perspective, from our actual present and most immediate future (Espai Migrar)

MhiC is an institution of reference for its content, a small local museum, that through a modest perspective and opts to boldly raise questions about a universal reality such as human movements and migrations. It is managed from the Area of Culture of the Sant Adrià de Besòs Town Hall and is part of the Network of Museums of Ethnology of Catalonia and the Network of Local Museums of the Diputación de Barcelona.

Methodologically, this museum cannot be understood without the participation of schools, the educational community, the university, migration collectives, associations, NGOs and the general public that consolidates the museum’s discourse day by day with its contributions, material donations for the collection, (Catalogue: The memory of the silenced objects) and the frequency of museum in accordance to their needs and emotional ties with it.

To all of them, thank you for helping us grow along with MhiC.