Museo de Historia de Madrid

Museo de Historia de Madrid

Museo de Historia de Madrid
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Neighborhood: Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
How to get there
  • Tribunal • 1 min walk
  • Bilbao • 5 min walk
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles359 reviews
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Emily
London, UK402 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Great museum with plenty to see, presented well in chronological order explaining the origins & history of the city.
Some great pieces and details proved in English & Spanish.
Staff were friendly & helpful.
Museum wasn't busy ( Wednesday Afternoon) so was able to really take some time to appreciate the items.
Written March 26, 2023
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Kelly M
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This museum delivers exactly what it says it should: a history of Madrid. It’s small, but very well curated, and FREE. We spent about 1.5 hours in it, very restful because it wasn’t crowded at all. If you like small, focused museums, it’s a winner.
Written April 25, 2024
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sheepygold
london5,335 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is a museum that covers the history of Madrid from when it became the capital of Spain in the 16th century up to the early 20th century. There is a lot to see and helpfully a great deal of the explanation is in English. Allow 2 hours.
Written April 1, 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK184,997 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The Museo de Historia de Madrid is a small, but excellent museum of local Madrid history. The only downside to this museum is that not everything has English description. On the upside, it's free and there's more than enough English explanation for so many of the exhibits, it's barely worth complaining about.

The collections of fans, porcelain and gallery dedicated to the Dos de Mayo uprising are outstanding. A special honourable mention goes to the "Diana and Endymion" sculpture which should not be missed.

Another hidden gem in Madrid that a little off the main tourist circuit.
Written August 7, 2019
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Annette P
Melbourne, Australia219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
After our walking tour and learning about the history of Madrid and Spain this again small and free museum with an amazing entrance consolidated our knowledge of the history of Madrid. Well set out with so much porcelain, clothing and artefacts from Madrid's and Spain's colourful history and lovely way to spend a few hours.
Written September 30, 2019
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majka108
67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
This was my second visit to Madrid and my first visit to this museum and it provided a great means of connecting top Madrid sites to their history. I especially liked seeing artworks depicting historic events in Madrid, and I now have a better appreciation for the plazas, parks, and streets and their significance over time.
Written March 2, 2019
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S H
Montgomery, AL220 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
A small but interesting museum with a notable model of the city. Has some temporary exhibitions but primarily focuses on the development of the city, the changing neighbourhoods through maps, paintings and common objects in use at various times.
Well worth a visit for anyone interested in the changing city.
Written June 15, 2019
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Maria R
Puerto Rico32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This is a very well organized museum with free entrance. Gives visitors to Madrid a great overview of this city, its origins and its development across the centuries. The model replica of the city of Madrid on the lower level is something to behold.
Written April 19, 2019
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Christopher G
Melbourne, Australia144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
I loved this free local museum. It is not too big, and has displays over three levels in a newly refurbished, fantastic old building. It is organised around the key historical periods, how these were formed politically, and their wider impacts on the city. This is a focussed and understandable account of Madrid's long history and, to say again, I loved it! Thanks
Written December 28, 2018
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emysp
Sao Paulo, SP56 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
I always love going to this kind of museum, but this one disappointed. The texts that describe each of the period are not well written and they do not put things into context. You learn vaguey about independence, Napoleon, about the Franco area and there are a bunch of non descriptive objects to go along this poor text. Having said that, the people at the reception really try to make the beat of your visit.
Written June 3, 2018
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