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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Margaret Reilly (16 months ago)
Very educational. Worth a visit on a rainy day
grayson jones (16 months ago)
A surprisingly quiet museum; a fascinating place offering a great wealth of historical knowledge. An interesting oasis of calm in the city.
Helen Stevens (17 months ago)
Excellent. Stumbled across this while walking in the area. Great to learn about the history of Madrid. I'm very grateful it's free. Most other countries in the world charge for everything. Plaza Mayor looks better with trees.
Liesl (17 months ago)
We have wondered by this museum on several different trips and finally went in. It is free to enter and has a good collection showcasing Madrid's history. It was a good size, in my opinion. It wasn't so large that you stop absorbing what you're looking at half way through. I enjoyed all the maps and vintage photos of Madrid.
Cory Jones (18 months ago)
Another great museum in a city full of world class museums. The museum covers the history of the city from the decision to make it a capital and seat of power to current day. There is a definite focus on the earlier periods but the collection of paintings is very nice for a free museum. There is also a nice collection of historical maps in the lower level that is worth visiting before you leave.
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