Plazuela de las Bellas Artes s/n

Phone: 0034 921 462 010
Fax: 0034 921 462 277
Website: http://www.museoestebanvi

Museo De Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente houses an extraordinary collection of works donated by Esteban Vicente (Turégano, 1903 - Long Island, 2001), the only Spanish member of the first generation of the New York School of Abstract Expressionism in America. The exhibition of this Permanent Collection alternates with temporary exhibitions and cultural activities such as lectures, recitals and concerts.

The museum is located in the medieval palace of King Henry IV, of the Trastamara family, whose construction dates back to 1445. In addition to its five exhibition spaces, the visitor can also enjoy its Renaissance chapel with its Hispano-Moorish carved wooden ceiling, currently the auditorium of the museum, and the garden where Esteban Vicente’s ashes repose.

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente has become an important point of reference for every visitor to Segovia, a city whose entire historical and cultural legacy has been designated by the UNESCO as a World Historical Heritage Site.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (10)

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Permanent Collection

The nucleus of the Museum’s collection is made up of 153 works generously donated by the painter Esteban Vicente and his wife, Harriet G. Vicente. This legacy comprises 48 oil paintings, 27 collages, 51 drawings, 4 watercolors, 16 small sculptures, 1 tapestry, 2 lithographs and 4 silkscreens. The entire collection covers the evolution of the painter and the different periods of his work.

The works are shown in chronological order.


2nd March to 17th June 2007
La Palabra Imaginada revolves around the relationship that exists between the textual world (literature) and the visual (art), a fertile and complex dialogue that goes back to the origins of artistic language.
Visual arts and literature, or image and the word, have lived through a long idyll in which both worlds have complemented, fused and questioned each other, in a continuous and stimulating cooperation.

2nd March to 17th June 2007

Previous Exhibitions

Vasos Comunicantes. Vanguardias latinoamericanas y europa 1900-1950.
20th December 2006 to 18th February 2007

Naturalmente Artificial.
19th September to 10th December 2006

Gottlieb Escultor.
8th June to 3rd September 2006

Material Sensible. (Colección de Arte Contemporáneo Fundación La Caixa).
9th March to 21st May 2006

Obras Maestras del Siglo XX en las Colecciones del IVAM.
7th October 2005 to 19th February 2006

Esteban Vicente. Colección Permanente.
12th July to 18th September 2005

Miradas de Mujer.
19th April to 3rd July 2005

El Pop Español. Los Años Sesenta. El Tiempo Reencontrado.
21st September 2004 to 9th January 2005

Exhibitions (13)

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General entrance: 2,40 €
Reduced entrance: 1,20 € (over-65s and students with identification)
Free: Friends of the Museum, members of ICOM, under-12s accompanied by an adult and groups from cultural or educational institutions (visits booked in advance).
Thursdays: free entry to the general public.

Opening hours

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 11:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00
Thursdays and Fridays: 11:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 20:00
Saturdays: 11:00 to 20:00
Sundays and public holidays: 11:00 to 15:00
Mondays: Closed
The Museum is also closed on 1st January, 1st May and 25th December.

Getting there

Plazuela de las Bellas Artes s/n
Segovia 40001

Tel:(+34) 921 462 010
Fax:(+34) 921 462 277

Segovia is located 90kms from Madrid with easy access from the A6 and AP61 or from the A6 via exit N603.


Taking video or photographic images inside the Museum is prohibited. Umbrellas or bulky objects of any type are also prohibited. Smoking is not allowed.

90% of Museum space is adapted to people with movement difficulties. The remaining percentage is due to the historic character of the building. If necessary, Museum staff will be available to assist in movement through these spaces.

Museum internal and external photos (5)

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The Museum’s educational programme is designed and adapted according to each group’s specific needs and explains different aspects of contemporary art in relation to the experiences of visitors. This is achieved through Guided Visits and Workshop Visits.

These visits, through a selection of works, allow the public to get closer to the general approach of the exhibition as well as specific aspects of contemporary art. The aim of the guided visits, apart from getting to know the exhibitions, is to generate interest and develop a critical spirit as well as giving visitors reading guidelines which give them autonomy to look at this and other exhibitions. The guided visits are participative and flexible activities adapted to the characteristics of each group.

This is a creative workshop additional to the Guided Visits in which participants can put into practice the ideas seen throughout the visit with special emphasis given to the recreational and experience-based aspects.

The Educational Programme is free and is geared towards a wide sector of the public.


Guided visits to the exhibitions allow the public to visit the gallery in a more active way, encouraging observation and analysis of the most significant works on display.
For the general public the visits take place on Thursdays at 18:00. No reservation is necessary.
For organizations visits must be reserved on (+34) 921 462 010 from Mondays to Fridays between 10:00 and 14:00. Visits last 60 minutes and take place between 6th March and 16th June from Tuesdays to Fridays 11:00 to 14:00 and 18:00 to 20:00.


This project relies on collaboration and exchanges with schools and is adapted to different age groups with different themes. Groups include students from Nursery, Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form Education.

3- to 8-year olds: Word Games
During a tour of the Museum we are able to see letters that compose words but also letters that draw, sculpt, illuminate, invent and construct… works of art whose essence is the word.
In the workshop we play with giving other uses to these letters and converting them into real works of art.

9- to 12-year olds: Words that Imagine
The tour allows us to address the different solutions that each artist has sought in order to compose a work of art, which is designed as much to be looked at as to be read and thought.
Afterwards, in the workshop we present the fascinating world of ‘caligramas’ or drawings with words.

13- to 18-year olds: Imagining with Words
The visit to the exhibition takes on questions such as the evolution of the relation between word and image in artistic creation, the subjectivity of language, the value of ‘other words’ etc. A closer look at a selection of works offers the opportunity to develop the capacity for observation, debate and criticism.
Back in the workshop we put into practice the knowledge acquired in the gallery by creating ‘caligramas’, drawing our visual poems with words.

Reservations: It is essential to make a booking beforehand by telephone on (+34) 921 462 010 from Mondays to Fridays between 10:00 and 14:00.
Duration of Activities: 90 minutes.
Schedule: 13th March to 15th June.
Time: Tuesdays to Fridays 11:00 to 14:00...+ [ Read all ]


Workshop Visit for families with children between 5 and 12 years old. Both children and adults will be able to discover some of the secrets of the exhibition via a guided tour through a selection of works. Afterwards, in an experience-based workshop, they will enjoy the creation of ‘caligramas’ or drawn poems or written drawings.

Reservations: It is essential to make a booking beforehand by telephone on (+34) 921 462 010 from Mondays to Fridays between 10:00 and 14:00.
Duration of Activities: 90 minutes.
Schedule: from 9 February to 16 June.
Time: Saturdays at 11:30.