The MACB is located in the Pia Almoina building – a 14th-century Gothic palace. It houses major archaeology and palaeontology collections from the Pla de l’Estany, started in 1933. Fossils from the Incarcal sites as well as material from the Palaeolithic caves at Serinyà, La Draga Neolithic settlement and the Vilauba Roman villa are on display.
The collection is spread across four different areas:
Hall: Several pieces from the old Benedictine monastery of St. Esteve de Banyoles are housed here, as well as mediaeval architectural features from the town itself and the rest of the region.
Palaeontology Room: The Pla de l’Estany is a privileged area for palaeontology finds, since the special features of the lake basin have aided preservation of animal bones from the end of the Tertiary and Quaternary periods.
Tertiary Period: There are finds from the end of the Tertiary period, specifically the Upper Pleiocene, mainly from the terrain in Cornellà del Terri. They come largely from mastodons but also from venison and beaver.
Quaternary Period: The main fossil remains from the Lower Quaternary may be seen from similar settlements: The Bòbila Ordis (Porqueres) and the Inmarcal factory (Crespià). The exhibits include highlights such as the skull of an adult male sabre tooth tiger, a lower extremity from a hippopotamus and different parts from a mammuthus meriodonalis mammoth.
Opening times: Winter (September 1st-June 30th) – Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and 4 pm to 6:30 pm. Sunday, 10:30 am to 2 pm. Summer (July 1st-August 31st) – Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 1:30 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm. Sunday, 10:30 am to 2 pm.