Auschwitz exhibition exceeds half a million visitors before its final Madrid closing

After its successful run, the exhibition will commence an international tour in 2019

Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Away, hosted at Madrid’s Arte Canal Exhibition Centre, has exceeded 500,000 visitors just one year after its opening. The figures make it one of the most visited exhibitions in the Spanish capital in 2018. 

The project team has had to extend the closing date on two occasions due to public demand, but it is now being announced that it will finally close its doors in Madrid on February 3 2019.

Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Away is a collaboration between Spanish company Musealia – a global producer of large-scale exhibitions – and the Auschwitz Birkenau State Museum. However, the venue owners, Canal de Isabel II, have also played a significant role in the exhibition’s success. Musealia’s director Luis Ferreiro said, “The story of Auschwitz and the Holocaust is one that needs to be retold and re-explained to every generation. We’re proud that with the support of Canal de Isabel II, we’ve been able to provide 100,000 free tickets for schools – all of which have been taken up.

The Arte Canal Exhibition centre, which used to house one of Madrid’s water reservoirs, opened its doors as a cultural venue in 2004 Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Away is one of the most visited events in its 14-year history.

The exhibition continues until February 3 2019 and is open seven days a week from 10am to 10pm. Tickets are still available. During Christmas and New Year the exhibition will be closed on December 25 and January 1. On December 24 and 31, it will remain open from 10am to 3pm.