MADRID – Global journalism will finally have its museum in Spain, where EFE decided to open its very own EFE Museum to tell the story of the evolution of the most important news agency in Spanish-speaking countries.
Acting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is scheduled to inaugurated “The House of News” museum next Tuesday at the headquarters of EFE in Madrid, with the aim of spreading the rich photographic and documentary collection possessed by the Spanish news agency, and to become a living and open field for other cultural and educational exhibitions.
The museum will also be a meeting point for journalists as well as students who have the passion to get to know the progress of the means of communication at the hands of journalists working for the world’s fourth largest news agency.
The EFE Museum will showcase the news agency’s legacy that lasted for 77 years since its inception, its contribution as a news agency to Spanish journalism, and its testimony about the great events that have marked the Spanish and the world’s history since the twentieth century as well as people’s everyday life.
EFE was established in 1939 in the city of Burgos by the end of the Spanish Civil War, but has its roots in previous agencies (Fabra, Phoebus and Faro), dating back to the nineteenth century.
The initiative to establish the museum; funded and sponsored by more than 30 companies, emerged from the success of the temporary exhibition that was inaugurated by the Spanish Royalty in 2014 in Madrid on the occasion of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of EFE.
The EFE Museum tells the story of the agency and Spanish journalism through archival photographs and audiovisual instruments that have delivered news over the past decades.
The museum includes 12 million photographs dating back to 1857, and more than 23 million graphic documents.
The museum also includes an old photo processing lab, specific areas to explain how to practice journalism in conflict zones, and the means of covering sports events.
Also, the EFE Museum has a large area dedicated exclusively to temporary exhibitions, which will be used for workshops organized for visiting students.
The museum will provide a studio where students can get into the skin of journalists and experience firsthand how information is recorded or how to send their stories from the place where events are taking place.
Currently, EFE is present in almost 200 cities in 120 countries all over the globe, with 41 offices and 250 international correspondents. The agency has nearly 3,000 professionals from 60 different nationalities who report on all media from every point on the planet.