Rambla, 2
Phone: 0034 972 502 305
Fax: 0034 972 510 765

Museu De L’Empordà

The Museu de l’Empordà, located in the town of Figueres, capital of the Alt Empordà district, possesses one of the most outstanding art collections in the region. Founded in 1946, the origins of its collections go back to the end of the 19th century, thanks to donations and bequests from famous local citizens and from the vaults of the Prado Museum in Madrid. In 1971 the current building was constructed to house the museum of archaeology, history and art of the town and the region, with a major donation from the collector, Frederic Marès. In 1998 the Consortium of the Museu de l’Empordà, comprising the local town and district councils, was set up, and the permanent exhibition was reorganised. Today, the Museum offers the public a historical interpretation of its collections and an introduction to contemporary art.

The mE is a multidisciplinary organisation involved in a series of different areas, including research, conservation and dissemination of the local and regional cultural heritage, organising exhibitions and activities, and with a special emphasis on contemporary artistic creation.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (4)

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Permanent Collection

Ancient Art of the Empordà
Medieval art
Baroque painting
Space 1: Frederic Mares' sentimental collection

Catalan art from the 19th and 20th centuries: Romanticism to modern eclecticism
Space 2: The Olot school

The Empordà, between landscape and Abstract art
Space 3: Dau al Set

The history of the Museum’s permanent collection goes back to the beginnings of the XIX century when the Ramon Muntaner College of Figueres received a lot of seven works from the Prado Museum on loan. This collection was added to with works by Ribera, Herrera, Arellano, Mignard, Nocret, Mengs and Giordano. Another donation was forthcoming from local politician, Rubaudonadeu between the years 1898 and 1902 consisting of a group of watercolours and oil paintings.

The museum was located on the first floor of the college. From the moment it was created, it began to receive important donations such as the legacy of Concepció Santaló in 1947, which included the work of important Catalan artists such as Nonell, Martí Alsina and Joaquim Mir. At the same time, and thanks to the efforts of the museum’s artistic director, the painter Ramon Reig, Figueres town council acquired a series of watercolours by Reig, Josep Amat, Josep Berga i Boix, Antoni Caba, Rossend Nobas and Agustí Rigalt with the aim of creating a specialized collection of this technique. The Museum also received a number of loans which still form part of the archaeological exhibition, such as that provided by the Museu d’Arqueologia de Girona in 1947 and that of the Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya in 1951.

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Recto/Verso. El Revers Ocult de les Obres dels Museos
29th April to 29th August 2007

Forthcoming exhibitions

Transart 6. Col∙lectiva d’art contemporani: visual, literatura i escènic
7th September to 21st October 2007


General admission: 2 euros
Reduced rate admission: 1 euro
Free admission to temporary exhibitions and to holders of tickets for the Teatre-Museu Dalí

Opening hours

Tuesdays to Saturdays: 11.00 to 19.00
Sundays and Public Holidays: 11.00 to 14.00
Closed Mondays (except Public Holidays), 1st and 6th January, 25th and 26th December

Getting there

Rambla, 2
17600 Figueres (Girona)
Tel: (+34) 972 502 305
Fax: (+34) 972 510 765

BY CAR: AP-7 (Barcelona-Jonquera), Figueres exit; A-II Barcelona-França; Línea Barcelona-Portbou
PARKING: El Garrigal, Passeig Nou and Plaça Catalunya
TRAIN: Renfe station Figueres
TAXI: from Figueres and Rambla stations


Access for visitors with reduced mobility.
Museum leaflets are available in Spanish, French and English.

Library: The Museum library specialises in Empordà art, 19th and 20th century Catalan art and contemporary art where catalogues of artists in the museum’s collection, catalogues which have been published by the museum and information concerning the museum itself including the history of its collections, artists currently exhibited, activities, programmes and a varied, complementary bibliography as well as regular publications specialising in art, culture and patrimony can be found.
Image archive: The image archive holds the mE’s entire collection and offers a lending service, sale of reproductions and copies.

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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News and events

The lectureship in contemporary art and culture was created in 1999 as the result of an agreement between the University of Girona, the Town Council of Figueres and the Consortium of the Museu de l'Empordà, the aim of which is the promotion of a forum of thought, debate and investigation concerning questions which affect the world of art and contemporary artistic trends from a critical perspective.
The CACC stages an annual seminar with an international projection, as well as conferences and exhibitions which aim to contribute to the expression of the most significant artistic and theoretical trends. It also collaborates in educational and research projects which are produced at the University of Girona and which are related to these areas.
The central office of the Lectureship in contemporary art and culture is at the Museu de l'Empordà and at the University of Girona.

Information and enrolment:
Càtedra d'Art i Cultura Contemporània
Plaça Ferrater Mora, 1
17071 Girona
Tel. (+34) 972 418 211
Fax 972 418 230


The Museum presents different educational activities aimed at primary, secondary and further education students with the aim of providing aids and resources for classes, at the beginning of every academic year.

For those who have not been in contact with us before, the Education service offers dynamic visits which are based on the observation of works of art as a means of understanding the world around us. Adapted to each individual level, they combine theory with a more practical approach in order to stimulate observation, dialogue and a spirit of investigation.

The activities are grouped into three generic types:
Learning to be a curator
Discovering the museum

The invention of paint
The work of the sculptor

The landscape
The human figure
The creature
The colour friends

The duration of the activities ranges from an hour to an hour and a half. Activities are designed for groups of between 15 and 30 students, always accompanied by tutors. Material is provided by the museum.
Activities with the Museum teacher are free for all centres of education in Figueres and the county. For other centres, the price is 2.40 euros per student.
In order to arrange visits or for further information please contact (+34) 972 502 305 from Monday to Friday 9 am to 3 pm.