You may recall, as a child, losing one of your teeth and waiting for the Tooth Fairy to visit. In Spain, the Tooth Fairy isn’t a fairy at all—it's a small mouse, and his name is Raton Perez.
The story of Raton Perez was created in the 19th century by Friar and Royal Counselor Luis Coloma as a fable for the young King Alfonso XIII. The story tells of the small mouse who lives with his family in a biscuit tin and leaves money for kids after they lose a tooth. The fable tells of Raton Perez not only visiting the palace of the king but of all kids, including those in poorer neighborhoods.
Today, kids and adults alike can visit the home of Raton Perez, as described in the story, and learn about this Spanish children’s tradition. In addition to touring the home, you can view the milk teeth of famous figures such as Beethoven, Beatrix Potter, and Isaac Newton.
The Raton Perez museum can be found in the Sol or Gran Via neighborhood of Madrid on Calle Arenal. The nearest metro stop is Callao, and it is €3 to enter. Recommended for kids ages 5 and up, it is open Monday evenings from 5 to 8pm, Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 2pm and 5 to 8pm, and on Saturdays from 11am to 3pm and 4 to 8pm.