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“One of My Favorite Museums”
Review of Museo del Traje

Museo del Traje
Ranked #118 of 777 things to do in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Malaga, Spain
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“One of My Favorite Museums”
Reviewed 5 March 2013

When my wife and I go to Madrid we always go to the Costume Museum. It is out of the way and few people know it, but it certainly is worth knowing. First of all you can see all the history of costumes of Spain, with very good explanations. Many times they have special exhibitions of a particular Spanish designer. The gift store is one of the best museum gift stores and we always end up buying many small objects for gifts to friends and for ourselves.

Visited December 2012
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Manhattan Beach, California
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“Museum of Costume.....Fantastic!”
Reviewed 4 November 2012

This is off the beaten path but easily accessible by metro with a bus connection. It is free. Audio guide is a must as it tells the history of each period from 16th century to 1970s. Very extensive & much larger than I expected. Nice cafe below. One of the highlights of my trip

Visited October 2012
5 Thank Mary M
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Reviewed 26 October 2012 via mobile

I really enjoyed this museum,very beautiful and interesting.Also the fact that it wasn't overcrowded added to the good experience.

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Portland, OR
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“Deserves to be much higher on the list of attractions!”
Reviewed 25 October 2012

Getting there is a mild challenge because the closest Metro station is Moncloa, about 20 minutes' walk away or a short cab ride. But paired with a visit to the Museum of America, which is about 10 minutes walk from Moncloa, it makes for a memorable day in two fine museums. Museo del Traje occupies the attractively large and modern former home of the Contemporary Art Museum, now in different quarters. Of all the museums I visited, this one (Traje) was probably the most modern in its displays, labeling, and exhibition practices. I'm a retired museum administrator, though not especially interested in costume or high fashion; but this place knocked my socks off. Most of the labeling is in Spanish and very good English, which is unusual in Spanish museums. Light levels are appropriate to delicate fabrics and colors, and the curatorial practice is not to leave textiles on permanent display but to alternate the items on exhibit. The obvious care and attention to proper support of delicate items of clothing was impressive. Of particular interest is the number of centuries-old items of apparel. Textiles don't last forever, and this museum has a great collection of materials going well back into the 17th century. The only older items I saw in Spain were clerical vestments in Toledo's cathedral, some as old as the 13th century--a true marvel of preservation if original. No photos, probably because of concerns about inadvertent use of flashes.

For those interested in Spanish haute couture, the museum has excellent exhibits about Spain's 20th-century designers. The cafe/restaurant on the lower level is lovely, with nice outdoor views.

Visited October 2012
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Bergen County NJ
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“Beutiful Displays”
Reviewed 27 August 2012

My wife and I took the bus# 46 to this museum. It is free with your Madrid pass and it is worth the little trip to edge of the town. If you like fashion and history, you would love this beautifully set up museum. The displays are done very nicely and the audio guide makes it even more fantastic with the history behind each dress, fabric, shoe, and even socks. Enjoy.

Visited December 2011
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