The Archaeology Museum of Catalonia
, (Abbreviated MAC, for M
rqueologia de C
atalunya) was created under the Museums of Catalonia Act
by the Department of Culture of the Government of Catalonia
. The head office is located in the former Palace of Graphic Arts
, which was built for the 1929 World's Fair
, in Barcelona
. MAC currently includes:
- The Archaeological Museum of Barcelona
- Officially, Museu d'Arqueologia de Barcelona i Institut de Prehistòria i Arqueologia. The museum was designed by Pelagi Martínez i Patricio and includes prehistoric artefacts and works of art from Ancient Greece and Rome, notably the Greek statue of Asclepius from the 3rd century BCE which was discovered in Empúries.
- The Archaeological Museum of Girona
- Founded in 1846 as the Provincial Museum of Antiquities and Fine Arts. It was relocated on several occasions until it arrived at its current location in the Monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants in 1857. It became a part of MAC in 1992.
- The village of Sant Martí d'Empúries is on a small isthmus that has been settled since the 9th century BCE. Archeological recovery of the site began in 1908 and 25% of the site has been excavated.
- Officially, Centre d'Arqueologia Subaquàtica de Catalunya (CASC) in Girona. Created in 1992 to protect underwater archeological sites, the centre's mission is to take inventory, protect, conserve, and study underwater heritage sites in Catalonia. In addition to its own projects, CASC provides support for external archeological teams.