National Sculpture Museum


in short

The Museo Nacional de Escultura is one of the most important Spanish museums by the original quality of his collection of sculpture, the beauty of the fifteenth century building which houses its permanent exhibition (the college that gives its name to the Museum) and historical value of buildings, complete the museum: the Villena Palace, Casa del Sol and the Church of St. Benedict the Elder.
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National Sculpture Museum

in detail

Although the Fine Arts Museums abound throughout the world, this museum has a unique personality, its specialization in sculpture. Its collection consists of images and other objects carved in wood and painted.

An original collection: the Golden Age of Spanish Sculpture.
The museum repertoire is extremely varied: figures in the round, reliefs, choir stalls, processions and specially altarpieces, some of them monumental. The admirable coffered halls or decoration of doors, windows and patios can understand how sculpture makes this museum a unique place.

It is also unique because of the predominance of the themes of devotion and sacred images belonging to a bygone era in which religion and the Church were determinant to the intimate life and social reality. It is therefore a collection highly representative of our historical and cultural memory.
Museo Nacional de Escultura
El Colegio de San Gregorio is one of the most beautiful examples of peninsular architecture of the 15th century. It was created as a center for theological education for Dominicans monks and played an important role in the political and doctrinal sixteenth-century Spain.

Historical monument in the 19th century, it has been home to the Museum since 1933, year in which a decree of the Second Republic, moved here from the Museum collection  Fine Arts, while granting him the rank of the National Sculpture Museum.  It has been totally renovated by the architectural team and scored Sobejano Nieto-in 2007 National Award for Architectural Restoration and Rehabilitation. The rehabilitation  has recovered and put in value historic architecture, seeking a harmonious dialogue and respect between modernity and tradition. Iroko wood, stucco  walls and copper are the protagonists of the renewal materials. Also have been upgraded technological equipment in terms of air conditioning, lighting, security, etc.

The main facade, with its carved cover, attributed to Gil de Siloam workshop is one  of its most spectacular, with the cloister, the true core of the College.  Completed the whole a chapel annex, built in 1490 by John Guas with
sacristy work of Simón de Colonia. The admirable coffered halls  or decoration of doors, windows and patios can understand how sculpture makes this museum a unique place.

Besides the headquarters for the permanent collection, Museum has de Villena Palace, a 16th century aristocratic building, located just steps from the College of San Gregory. In addition to qualitative improvements, with this enlargement, the museum gains a total of almost 2,000 square meters. This building hosts temporary exhibitions, educational activities and public programs. It also houses the library, an auditorium and workshops restoration and photography. Remain on display in addition the 18th century Neapolitan crib. Among the recovered spaces there is a pleasant garden.
3,00 / 1,50 EUR. Entrada gratuita los domingos, los sábados después de las 4 de la tarde y siguientes festivos... / Free admission on Sunday, after 4 pm on Saturdays and following holidays: 18/04, 18/05, 12/10, 06/12.
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Visitor entrance

Museo Nacional de Escultura
C/ Cadenas de San Gregorio, 1, 2 y 3
47011 Valladolid
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Opening Times

10:00 - 14:00
10:00 - 19:30
10:00 - 19:30
10:00 - 19:30
10:00 - 19:30
10:00 - 19:30
El museo cierra de martes a sábado entre las 2 y las 4 de la tarde.
The museum closes from Tuesday to Saturday during lunchbreak from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Cerrado los lunes y festivos siguientes...
Closed on Monday and following holidays:
01/01, 06/01, 01/05, 08/09, 08/12, 24/12, 25/12, and 31/12. - The exhibition portal for Europe