The castle of Rubí, a defensive construction from the 13th century, is the headquarters of an ethnographic museum dedicated to the local history and culture. The exhibition covers the palaeolithic period through to the contemporary age.
An ecomuseum is, in the words of the museologist George Henri Rivière, a museum of mankind in a place. The Ecomuseu Urbà de Rubí is a place for citizens to gather and reflect on everything surrounding the area’s distant and contemporary history, and its social, cultural and natural heritage.
The collection from the old Rubí museum is the focal point of the collection that can be viewed today. The original museum was founded in 1924 by a group of local scholars, together with the rector of the parish of Sant Pere de Rubí, Father Guardiet. After changing location many times, in 1998 it was finally installed in its current home, the Rubí castle , on a hilltop on the western side of the town.
This castle has had different functions over the years, from a defensive role in the 13th and 14th centuries and as a residence to the Torrelles family in the 15th century, to being a family seat from the 16th century until well into the 20th century. In 1983 the Town Council of Rubí acquired it and had it remodelled to house the current museum. The permanent exhibition is called, "Rubí, riera d’entitats. Un passeig per la història de la ciutat". It is a historical journey using various objects that have been held onto over the years and that are directly related to local history, from Palaeolithic, Iberian and Roman remains to other remnants from its more recent and contemporary history.
Among the services provided by the museum is a documentation centre, temporary exhibition halls for locals or organisations, and an auditorium.
The museum sponsors research grants, keeps a heritage inventory and holds cultural activities and events, along with guided tours. It also offers different itineraries to get to know the city’s cultural heritage.
The Ecomuseu Urbà de Rubí forms part of the Xarxa de Museus de la Diputació de Barcelona (Museum Network of the Provincial Council of Barcelona).