C/ Cadenas de San Gregorio, 1, 2 y 3

Phone: 00 34 983 25 40 83
Website: http://museoescultura.mcu

Museo Nacional De Escultura

Established in 1933, the Museo Nacional de Escultura has been undergoing complete renovation to highlight its impressive architectural setting and to articulate its internal space to suit the needs of its permanent collection and the various functions of a modern museum. The earliest pieces of the collection were originally confiscated from convents in Valladolid and its environs. The historical importance of the city in previous centuries ensured the continued preservation and aggregation of its artistic treasures and more recently the museum has benefited from support and donations from the state.

Permanent Collection

The works housed in our collection, dating from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, are the expression of a cosmopolitan world where international political affiliations and the free circulation of ideas and gifted artists provided for a rich and important cultural heritage.

The museum shows the diversity of Spanish sculpture - both typological (altarpieces, choir stalls, funerary sculpture) and material (wood, bronze, stone, clay and marble). In Spain, sculpture reached an apogee with polichromatic wood sculpture, an authentic synthesis of the arts, volume and colour combined with an effort towards more realism.


"El Greco. Apostle"
8th March to 13th May 2007

Among El Greco's three sets of paintings of the Apostles still found complete, the one that is on display in this exhibition, from 1590, occupies a privileged position. It is possible that this one inspired the others, which are larger in size. The lack of certain distinguishing characteristics to identify the apostles led to the addition of names painted on in the 18th century.

With his unusual technique, agitated brushwork and unnatural colours, the great Cretan painter, who spent the majority of his career in Toledo, dematerializes the figures of the apostles, these bearers of the evangelical message, painted on dark backgrounds without so much as a preparatory sketch. Professor Perez Sanchez writes, "in these passionate, febrile busts you can see much of the artist's personality and temperament, oscillating as always between the idealistic abstraction of Mannerism and the expressive tension of devotion that the Counter-Reformation demanded at that time."

The poses the apostles adopt, their faces and expressions - six looking one way and six looking the other - seem to require a centre-piece, a painting of Christ in the middle. Consequently, in order to make more sense of the current exhibition, the painting of Christ from the El Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales de Valladolid has been added.

Juan de Juni's Artistic Environment
May to November
Palacio de los Aguila

The 16th Century is one of the most interesting stages in the history of Spanish art. It is a time of confluence, synthesis and exchange. The tenacity of Gothic schemas, the late incorporation of new Renaissance ideas, political relatio...+ [ Read all ]


Standard Entry: €2.40
Discounted Entry: €1.20
- holders of youth or student cards (international equivalents accepted)
- groups of 15 or more from educational or cultural institutions. 15 days notice needs to be given.
- 'Friends'(Asociación de Amigos) of other public museums
- large families with official accreditation

Free Entry
- family groups comprising of one adult and three children (or two if one is disabled)
- under 18 year olds
- pensioners over 65
- unemployed (INEM)
- personel of other museums
- researchers of tourist guides

Opening hours

1st October - 20th March
Tuesday to Saturday
1000-1400 and 1600-1800

21st March - 30th September
Tuesday to Saturday
1000-1400 and 1600-2100

Sundays and Holidays

Closed every Monday
Closed 1st and 6th January, 1st May, 8th September, 24th, 25th and 31st of December

Museum internal and external photos (4)

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Workshops are available for Nursery and Primary school children. They are intended to help foster interest in museums and the world of art, introducing children to ways of approaching and interpreting works of art.

Teaching takes mainly an interactive and oral form, with games and stories used to stimulate interest, encourage participation and to facilitate comprehension of the language of art.

Workshops run from Tuesday to Friday. 20 students per workshop, which lasts 60 minutes for Nursery School children and 90 minutes for Primary School children. The cost is €1 per child. To book please call 983 25 03 75 or 983 25 40 83, Monday to Friday 9-11am, or send an email to


Workshops for Adults

"Interpreting Our Art" is aimed at cultural associations and adult education groups. The workshop is aimed at developing a number of artistic concepts, giving participants a greater understanding of how to approach and appreciate art for themselves. The workshop is based around four key themes - "The Age of Altarpieces" concentrates on one of the most common modes of sculptural expression in Spain; "Secrets of Painting" focuses on how to appreciate a painting; "Surprising Histories" elucidates the arcane world of iconography and the meaning behind its symbols; "Step by Step" investigates the ceremonies involved in the Easter processions, recreating the historical context and analysing how the significance of certain rituals have changed along with the ideology.

Each workshop is led by a specialist using diverse didactic techniques to encourage active participation from the group in the analysis of selected works. Workshops run Tuesday to Friday during Museum hours. Each group, with a maximum of 20 people, can choose which theme most interests them and book by calling 983 25 03 75 or 983 25 40 83. Alternatively by email on

Getting to Know US ("Para conocernos mejor") is aimed at groups of foreigners or associations supporting immigrant. It aims to give new citizens of Valladolid a solid understanding of our art, history and traditions by using the Museum's collections, with an emphasis on integration and cultural exchange. The workshop comprises of three themes - "El Trabajo del Escultor" is a journey through time to discover the methods used by sculptors; "Se armó el Bel...+ [ Read all ]