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1942: The great renovation

Historia del edificio: reforma de 1942

Our building has only undergone one major renovation since 1942, when it reopened after the Spanish Civil War. To increase the available exhibition space, the architect Ricardo Fernández Vallespín designed and built the three floors inside the large hall with perimeter galleries, as well as the hallway and staircase at the front of the museum. Many smaller renovations have since taken place; for example, the side areas have been adapted for new use as offices, laboratories and storerooms, an assembly hall replaced the basement garages and a lift was installed in the central hall. While all of these changes met different needs of the constantly-evolving Museum, none have entailed a substantial modification of the appearance and shape of this unique building.