The Madrid Railway Museum opened its doors on December 19, 1984
fter the end of railway traffic
in Delicias, the station was in danger of disappearing. It was
saved thanks to the proposal to turn it into a large museum. On
April 29, 1980, RENFE and the Culture Ministry signed an
agreement by virtue of which the latter, after a request was
made to declare Delicias Station a Historic-Artistic Monument,
would subsidise the work to restore the building, so that it
could house the Railway Museum and the National Science and
Shortly after its closure, an important collection of locomotives, railcars, coaches and carriages, representing the history of the railway in Spain, had been gathered in the surroundings of Delicias. Starting in 1982, major remodelling projects were carried out, one of which involved closing off the south entrance to the main passenger building with a large glass screen, thereby enabling its use as a museum.
After the works were finished, the collection of the Museo de Salón railway museum, which RENFE opened in 1967 in Madrid’s Fernán Núñez Palace, was moved to this refurbished space. Finally, what was then known as the National Railway Museum opened its doors in Delicias on December 19, 1984. Shortly thereafter, in February 1985, the Spanish Railways Foundation (FFE) was established and took over its management.
Since 2009, the Madrid Railway Museum has formed part of the
Spanish Museums Network, being currently attached to the
Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda.
In 2010, the bibliographic and documentary resources that remained in Fernán Núñez Palace, the FFE’s current headquarters, were incorporated into the Museum. This institutional reorganisation has enabled the Museum to offer society a global access to Spain’s railway heritage, becoming its most important benchmark in this field in the country.