Exile Memorial Museum (Museu Memorial de l’Exili - MUME)
The Exile Memorial Museum (Museu Memorial de l’Exili - MUME) is a place for memory, history and critical reflection.
It is an interpretation centre that reflects on the exile brought about by the Spanish Civil War, above all the exile of those defeated in a conflict that was inextricably linked to the rise of totalitarianism in Europe and that constituted the prelude to the Second World War. Many of the men and women exiled in 1939 continued their fight for freedom from the ranks of the French resistance and on other battlefronts in fascist-occupied Europe. However, several thousands were sent to Nazi concentration camps on what for most was a one-way journey. Others came back, willingly or by force, to Franco's Spain where they suffered persecution, prison, death and (all of them) the torture of an imposed silence, of an inner exile. Many were forced to seek asylum thousands of kilometres away, in European, American or African lands.
Located at the border crossing through which most of the exiles fled, the MUME combines the role of a museum, with permanent and temporary exhibitions, with that of historical research and educational activities. The museum adopts a broad perspective that links the past and present, because the conflicts that cause exile were a constant feature of the 20th century and continue to occur today.
Last Sunday of the month : free entrance!