The Spanish association of canned fish and seafood manufacturers (ANFACO) created the museum on the occasion of the association anniversary in 2004. The main objective of this centre is to raise awareness on the processed sea food sector and to showcase the most important milestones of the birth of Galician canning industry.
Since 2008 the museum has been listed by the Xunta de Galicia in the available collections of scientific and technical content. Currently, the ANFACO museum is managed by the foundation created by Fishery Products Persevation Cluster.
The museum has set its aim: preserving and promoting industrial and bibliographic heritage of canning industry. The way of achieving this goal is by making a tour from the origins and the consolidation of the canned seafood and fish sector. The tour is organised in four modules with the following contents:
Module I A pioneering industry. A journey back in time through the office and advertising elements: documents, stats, labels, boxes, packaging...
Module II: Sardine era. the module starts the trip in mid-20th century at the port of Vigo as the main exporter of canned fish and seafood and takes sardine as the lead. The work in the factories, the technology and the workers of that time are displayed, through the equipment need to elaborate canned fish.
Module III The technology in the canned food. In 1949, ANFACO created the Research and Technical Department, a great accomplishment of the sector and the seed for the current CECOPESCA (National Centre for Fishery Products Preservation) This module includes a scientific tour through the material contained in the first laboratory, which was a step forward towards food safety and quality.
Module IV AV Room. On one side, the hall is available for video viewing and as an educational space for guided tours. On the other side, the voice of the association, the magazine “Industria Conservera” (Canning Industry), published since 1934 is available.