Belén del Museo de Historia de Madrid

Belén del Museo de Historia de Madrid

More than fifty animal and human figures depicting scenes from the Nativity of Jesus and the trades, customs and habits of 18th century Naples. Many of the figures are articulated and dressed in colourful costumes with detailed equipment and accessories. They are made with a wire frame covered with burlap to which the limbs and head, carved in wood or terracotta, are attached.

A host of little angels descend on the classical ruins where the Mystery takes place. The rest of the scenario is occupied by peasants, the well-to-do, shepherds, peddlers, musicians and the luxurious representatives of the oriental court who make up the retinue of the Three Kings. This then is the Neapolitan Nativity Scene of the Madrid History Museum; an excellent example, replete with delicate pieces mostly made by anonymous artisans and artists from the Italian city and brought to Spain and made popular by King Charles III.


From 1 December to 4 January, from 10am to 8pm

Mondays closed

25 Dec, 6 Dec & 1 Jan closed

Free admission until full capacity is reached

Guided tours: 14, 15, 21 and 22 December fat 12 noon. It is advisable to arrive 15 minutes before entry

Accessibility type

Museo de Historia de Madrid - Museum Chapel


Place of employment information:


Metro: Tribunal, Bilbao y Alonso Martínez.
Bus: 3, 21, 37, 40, 147 y 149.
BICIMAD: Estación 54 (Calle Barceló 7)
Aparcamiento público: Barceló.

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The Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports of the Madrid City Council facilitates the download of the official poster of the Madrid Christmas Programme 2023 campaign created by Polinho Trapalleiro.

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