The illusion of children all over the world
The Spanish equivalent of the ‘Tooth Fairy’,
El Ratoncito Pérez was born in the 19th century from the pen of Father Luis Coloma. He was a student of the naval school and a keen writer, who at that time was an advisor to the King. Coloma was commissioned to write a story for the young Prince Alfonso XIII after he lost a milk tooth. In the story, a rodent lived in a huge box of cookies in the basement of a confectionery located at Number Eight Arenal Street (Calle Arenal). It was said that every night the Little Mouse Perez visited the rooms of the future king and other children.
Thus was born this character who visits the children and leaves them a little gift for each tooth they lose.
The Museo del Ratoncito Pérez is located right in the centre of Madrid, in one of its most central streets. Made up of two small places where children will see what the house of Ratoncito Pérez was like, they will be able to read the story of the character as well as observe “certified” baby teeth of famous personalities such as Beethoven, Isaac Newton or writer and poet, Rosalia de Castro.
Visitors are advised on weekends, holidays or Puentes, to come in early or buy your ticket the previous day, due to the large influx and limited capacity.
They offer guided tours of around 40 minutes, in groups of approximately 25 people according to the day. Tickets are priced at €3 per person and can only be purchased at the souvenir shop counter, where you can choose a specific day and time for your visit.
The schedules of the Casita Museo del Ratoncito Pérez
Monday: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Tuesday-Friday: 11: 00-2:00pm and 5:00pm-8:00pm.
Saturdays: 11:00am-3:00pm and 4:00pm-8:00pm.
Sundays: 11:00am-3:00pm and 4:00pm-7:00pm.
For opening times on Sundays and holidays, check schedules on the blog.
Although the recommended age is five years and older, it is a visit that will also delight younger children.