Catalonian Museum of Science and Industry

The most eye-catching feature of the Vapor Aymerich, Amat i Jover in Terrassa near Barcelona is doubtless its unique roof. It consists of row upon row of 161 shell-shaped half arches, each with gently curving windows like stylised crests of waves. At first sight the building, designed by the Catalan architect Lluís Muncunill and completed in 1909, does not resemble a cloth factory in the least. The impression from within is a complete contrast. For the building houses the Catalonian Museum of Knowledge and Industry and welcomes visitors with a large number of historic textile machines. Power was delivered by a huge horizontal steam engine that still stands in the same place. But this is only a part of the exhibition programme. The aim of the museum is to provide visitors with a comprehensive overview of the history of knowledge and technology in Catalonia, and simultaneously to portray the process of industrialisation with all its social and cultural consequences. The result is a broad, multifaceted panorama of the region, ranging from the so-called Neolithic revolution, via waterwheels, electricity and turbine drives, all the way down to a modern solar-driven vehicle.

Catalonian Museum of Science and Industry
Museu nacional de la Ciéncia i de la Tècnica de Catalunya (mNACTEC)
Rambla d’Ègara 270
08221 Terrassa
+34 (0) 93 - 7368966