The Exile Memorial Museum (MUME) is a place for memory, history and critical reflection. It is an interpretation centre which recalls the exiles brought about by the Civil War in Spain and Catalonia. Above all the exile of those defeated in that conflict inseparably linked to the Europe of the ascent of totalitarianisms and which was the prelude to the Second World War. Many of the men and women exiled in 1939 continued fighting for freedom from the ranks of the French resistance and also on other battle fronts of the Europe occupied by fascism. However, several thousands were sent to Nazi concentration camps on what for most was a journey of no return. Others came back, willingly or by force, to Franco’s Spain where they suffered persecution, prison and death and, all of them, the torture of an imposed silence, of an inner exile. Many had to seek asylum many kilometres away, in European, American or African lands.
Located at the same border crossing where most of the exiles fled, MUME combines museum functions, through permanent and temporary exhibitions, with those of historical research and education. Always through a broad perspective that links the past with the present, because the conflicts that cause exiles have been a constant in the history of the 20th century and continue to be so today.