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Housed in one of Madrid’s impressive Baroque buildings, formerly the San Fernando Hospice, the History Museum offers an overview of the arts, industries, lifestyles and customs of Madrileños from 1561, the year when Madrid was established as the Spanish capital, to the present.
Following thorough renovation, the museum reopened in 2014 with a collection comprising 60,000 objects linked to the city’s history: paintings, prints, maps, scale models, drawings, photographs, postcards, sculptures, porcelains, silverwork, fans, furniture, weapons, coins and medals.
Museum-goers will see interesting objects, like a scale model of Madrid made by León Gil de Palacio in 1830, the paintings Allegory of the City of Madrid, by Francisco de Goya, and Virgin with Saint Ferdinand, by Luca Giordano, the large group of porcelains of Buen Retiro, a collection of historical maps, a series of objects from the house of Mesonero Romanos, pieces from Gutiérrez Solana’s studio, or a collection of historical photographs.