The Real Madrid Museum, one of the city’s most visited, is celebrating two decades since its birth, during which time it has become an unforgettable journey through the history of the Best Club of the 20th Century.
On the 20 May 1998, Manolo Sanchís lifted the club's seventh European Cup high into the sky to become a “Legend among Legends”. Real Madrid had won the competition once again, 32 years on from their previous triumph. One year after the trophy was claimed in Amsterdam, the Real Madrid Museum opened its doors in a setting right in the heart of madridismo: the Santiago Bernabéu.
At the turn of the 21st century, Real Madrid wanted to have a place where madridismo and sports fans from around the world could experience the grandeur of the club, take a trip throughout its history and get to know the players who carved out the legacy of the greatest team in the world.
The Real Madrid Museum was inaugurated in 1999, welcoming over 30,000 fans through its doors in its first month. The Trophy Room, which notably featured the 1998 Intercontinental Cup and the seventh European Cup, housed almost 1,000 football and basketball trophies won by the club throughout its 97-year history.
In May 2000, Real Madrid secured the club's eighth European Cup and in the same year received the Best Club of the 20th Century award from FIFA. In 2002, the Whites celebrated their centenary year by lifting the ninth European Cup to build on their legacy even further.
Alongside the club’s history, the Tour Bernabéu has become a “Legend among Legends” for its visitors and is one of Madrid’s top three museums, behind only the world-renown Prado and Reina Sofía art galleries. Over a million fans passed through its doors in 2018 to live, feel and revel in the greatness of Real Madrid through what is a unique and unrepeatable experience.
The museum, inaugurated some 20 years ago, has maintained its original essence, adapting all the while with the addition of a visit to the first-team dressing room, the pitch, dugout and presidential box. New audio-visual experiences with giant touch screens and super-slow-motion projections alongside a virtual journey replicating the interior of the team bus, are all designed to make you feel just like any other Real Madrid player.
All these innovations along the journey through Real Madrid’s history have been accompanied by countless on-field triumphs. Following the seventh European Cup, came the club's eighth and ninth crowns, remembered for the thrashing of Valencia in an all-Spanish final and Zinédine Zidane's spectacular volley in Glasgow.
The current Real Madrid coach is himself already a “Legend among Legends”. He got his hands on the ninth European Cup as a player and then the 10th as a member of the first-team coaching staff in 2014.
Zidane’s story doesn’t end there, though. In the 2015/16 campaign he became Real Madrid head coach and thereafter achieved an unprecedented feat by lifting three consecutive Champions League trophies to cement Real Madrid’s status as the best team in the world.
Now, on the Tour Bernabéu’s 20th anniversary, Real Madrid’s 13 European Cups hold the greatest emotional appeal for any Whites fan. The “Best Club in History Room”, which is home to this collection of silverware, brims with passion for the Whites and an excitement for the history of the best club in the world which Real Madrid fans have the privilege of feeling.
But the four Champions League crowns clinched over the last five years are not only down to Zidane. Another “Legend among Legends” who was a teammate of the Frenchman in his final year at Real Madrid as a player, is Sergio Ramos. He joined Real Madrid at 19 years of age and is now our captain fantastic. He played a key role in clinching the 10th European Cup with his 93rd-minute headed goal against Atlético Madrid and was also one of the fundamental pillars of the last three campaigns, in which, as captain, he lifted three successive Champions League titles. A Real Madrid legend who still has a lot to offer the team.
If you're a Real Madrid fan you really mustn't miss out on this unique opportunity to visit the Tour Bernabéu to discover the club’s history for yourself, you’ll experience unique sensations, enjoy posing for photos alongside the trophies, your favourite players, in the dressing room and out on the pitch, but above all, you’ll be part of the club and this badge, all within very heart of Real Madrid, the Santiago Bernabéu.