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National Museum of Decorative Arts

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  • Room in the National Museum of Decorative Arts ©Turespaña

    Room in the National Museum of Decorative Arts ©Turespaña

  • Ceramics in the National Museum of Decorative Arts ©Turespaña

    Ceramics in the National Museum of Decorative Arts ©Turespaña



Decorative arts


Calle Montalbán 12
28014 Madrid

Telephone+34 915326499

Fax+34 915232086


Temporary exhibitions

Designing our environment

The aim of this museum is to interpret everyday life objects, together with the ideas, values and attitudes that have come with them from the 14th century to the present day. The aim is to contribute actively to a better understanding of the context in which they were made.

The museum focuses on design, in its wider sense and from a historical point of view. Nowadays design has a more active part in our everyday life, and this is explained in the activities (exhibitions, seminars...) and in the permanent exhibition in the musuem. Objects are not the only important part of design, but also how to create them and interpret them. The museum is based on this concept and its aim is to give value to the everyday life nature of these objects.

Essential works

Go to museum's collections
  • Rug © Ministerio de Cultura


    Spain was the only rug producer in Europe during the Middle Ages and its fame was deserved because of the quality of the rugs.

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  • Hand fan © Ministerio de Cultura

    Hand fan

    Fans are very fragile objects that are hard to preserve. This fan that commemorates the wedding of King Ferdinand VII and María Cristina of Naples has been kept in excellent condition.

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  • Oriental chest © Ministerio de Cultura

    Oriental chest

    The arrival of Christianity in the East led to the production of very rich objects, such as Namban lacquer Japanese items. This chest is an example of this kind of work and reflects the combination of Oriental techniques and materials with Western-style furniture.

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  • Cabinet © Ministerio de Cultura


    This piece of furniture is important for the history of Spanish cabinet making, as it is a rare and early example of the use of the marquetry technique of 'part' and 'counterpart'.

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  • Bottle © Ministerio de Cultura


    This Venetian glass bottle may have been made in Majorca by Venetian glaziers who settled in the island, in spite of the ban on producing these bottles outside the Italian Republic.

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  • Indo-European quilt © Ministerio de Cultura


    This quilt dates from the 17th century and is a fine example of the mixture of Indian and Western elements. It belongs to the artworks made in what was known as Portuguese India, the Portuguese dominions located on the west coast of India.

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  • Pendant © Ministerio de Cultura


    The value of this jewel lies in its rich materials and distinctive iconography, with an unusual and interesting form.

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  • Jug © Ministerio de Cultura


    Italian Renaissance art proved especially interesting for collectors all over Europe. Among the items that were an essential part of their cabinets were these pieces of colourful glazed pottery from Urbino.

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  • Jug with spout © Ministerio de Cultura

    Jug with spout

    This object is a testament to the creativity of the silversmiths of Valladolid who continued to experiment with innovative decorative styles despite the success of their work.

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  • Desk bin © Ministerio de Cultura

    Desk bin

    This bin, which has decorations that exalt the monarch Philip V, is one of the last examples of its kind.

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Temporary exhibitions

  • Generic photography, decorative baskets

    Exhibition: Spiral

    The exhibition displays works that experiment with textures through traditional and recycled materials.

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  • Visitor looking at works in the exhibition © Promoción del Arte

    Bakelite. Creating the future

    Over 300 pieces selected from the Rafael Ortiz collection invite visitors to take a journey through the history of plastic and its designs.

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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

9:30 AM to 3:00 PM


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Public holidays

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Closing days: Monday

Jul 01 to Aug 31

Closing days: Monday and Thursday

Closed: 1, 6 January, 1 May, 24, 25, 31 December.


General: €3

Reduced: €1,50


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