Museo de Historia de Madrid

The Museum of History of Madrid (Spanish: Museo de Historia de Madrid)) is a history museum located on Calle de Fuencarral in downtown Madrid, Spain that chronicles the history of the city.[1] It was opened as the Museo Municipal ("Municipal Museum") in 1929, and was renamed as the Museo de Historia de Madrid in 2007.[2]

Museum of History of Madrid
Museo de Historia de Madrid
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View of the museum from Calle Fuencarral
LocationReal Hospicio de San Fernando, Calle de Fuencarral 78, Madrid, Spain
CoordinatesCoordinates: 40°25′33″N 3°42′03″W / 40.42580°N 3.70077°W / 40.42580; -3.70077
TypeHistory museum
OwnerAyuntamiento de Madrid
Public transit accessTribunal Metro station
WebsiteMuseum website


The museum's building was formerly the Royal Hospice of San Fernando, built in 1673. It was designed by Spanish architect Pedro de Ribera.

The museum opened in 1929 as the Museo Municipal (municipal museum). It was closed in 1955 the museum for building reforms, and was not reopened to the public until 1978.[3]

In 2007 it was renamed as the Museo de Historia de Madrid.


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.

The collection is divided into three sections:

  • Madrid, Villa, Corte y capital de dos mundos (Madrid, town, court, and capital of two worlds): covers the 16th to 18th century and the first two centuries of Madrid as the Spanish capital
  • Madrid, Centro ilustrado del poder (Madrid, enlightened center of power): covers all of the 18th century up until the War of Independence, including the Borbon dynasty and the changes in government
  • Madrid, El sueño de una ciudad nueva (Madrid, the dream of a new city): covers the 19th century up until the First World War[2]



  1. ^ DK Travel (1 April 2016). DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Spain. Dorling Kindersley Limited. pp. 308–9. ISBN 978-0-241-27592-4.
  2. ^ a b "Museo de Historia: Breve historia". (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Madrid recupera su Museo de Historia". (in Spanish). 8 December 2014.