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Clothing Museum. Ethnological Heritage Research Centre

Front page

  • Façade of the Costume Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Façade of the Costume Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

  • Room with dresses by the designed Balenciaga. Costume Museum ©Turespaña

    Room with dresses by the designed Balenciaga. Costume Museum ©Turespaña



Ethnography and anthropology, Textiles


Avenida Juan de Herrera, 2 (Ciudad Universitaria)
28040 Madrid

Telephone+34 915504700


A journey through the history of Spanish fashion in the global scene

The Costume Museum presents the evolution of fashion from the 18th century until today, with important work by important couturiers such as Fortuny and Balenciaga, with a carefully selected range of garments and accessories.

The museum shows the evolution of the idea of clothing regarding aesthetics, social practices and the views of the body in the past two centuries.

External looks are influenced by social changes. The different looks provide a wide range of interpretations of the female body, which have come with the different views of women in modernity. The search for beauty is a key aspect in all the clothing.

Essential works


The museum's collection is part of the collective catalogue of the Digital Network of Spanish Museum Collections (CERES), conceived as a space for dissemination which enables visitors to browse the various museum collections using the identifying features of each item (author, type of object, iconography, etc.).

Come and visit


Tuesday to Saturday

Does not close at midday

9:30 AM to 7:00 PM

Public holidays and Sundays

Does not close at midday

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Closed temporarily for renovation works.


General: €3

Reduced: €1,50

Children: Free admission

Students: Free admission

Disabled persons: Free admission

Large families: Free admission


Free admission

Admission free: Saturdays, from 2.30 pm.


Audio guide

Café / restaurant

Guided tours





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