Museo de Historia de Madrid

Madrid, Spain

The Museum of History of Madrid building was formerly the Royal Hospice of San Fernando, built in 1673. The museum opened in 1929 as the Museo Minicipal (municipal museum). It was closed in 1955 the museum for building reforms, and was not reopened to the public until 1978. The museum's permanent collection demonstrates the history of Madrid from 1561 when Madrid became the capital of Spain to the beginning of the twentieth century.



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Founded: 1929
Category: Museums in Spain


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User Reviews

Andreas Ehrencrona (3 years ago)
Wonderful exhibition giving real insights. Texts are for once high quality, critical and without too much jargon or unnecessary detail. It's just weird that it ends before the Franco period.
Lucía Román Canivell (3 years ago)
An underrated museum. It is well organized and offers a clear view of Madrid's history from an obviously enriching point of view. It is a bit too classical, but they also have more modern temporary exhibitions such as a pandemic photography exhibition that was really beautiful. Also, it is free!
Othilia Zen Tao (3 years ago)
I loved it! Still... I have to go back. 3 hours wasn't enough! ?
craig wilder (4 years ago)
Learned a lot about where American history comes from by visiting Spanish museums. Parked one block away and learned a lot of interesting information about Madrid. For example, Madrid was founded due to its ground water, flour mills, and its central location within the peninsula.
Johan Kloster (4 years ago)
it was ok. nice building and decent paintings.... extremely far from what it should be for a historically important city like madrid though
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