The museum is a state ownership and a direct management of the Ministry, which depends organically on the General Directorate of Fine Arts and Cultural Assets and Archives and Libraries and the General Subdirectorate of State Museums.
The reopening, coinciding with the centenary of its creation in 2011, tries to inaugurate a new stage, a journey that respects the past, but with a focus on the future. Thus, in March 2011, the museum reopened its doors to the public in a renovated venue and with a new interpretation of its collections, betting strongly for the rigor and truthfulness in its speech.
The museum focuses its speech on the figure of El Greco and the influence of his work and personality in the Toledo of the early seventeenth century. The new approach also gives a deserved importance to the figure of the Marquis de la Vega-Inclán. The aim is to explain to the visitor that he is not in the real «house» of El Greco, enhancing the time, the value of the figure of the Marquis de la Vega-Inclán as a recuperator of the figure of the Cretan and the founder of the museum that bears his name. Besides, the museum presents remains of the old Toledo Jewish quarter with the Mudejar caves and the old building from the XVI-XVII century, thus keeping part of the urban history of this area.
The museum’s collections form a significant sample of pieces from the 16th and 17th centuries, representative of the life and work of Domenikos Theotokopoulos, El Greco, as well as the culture and society of Toledo at the time.
The museum has a fundamental set of works from the late period of the painter, including the 13 paintings that make up the Apostolate, the view and plan of Toledo, the Tears of San Pedro and a select group of portraits. It also includes paintings by other Mannerist and Baroque artists, sculptures, archaeological pieces, furniture, textiles and decorative objects of various kinds. A large part of them forms the foundational nucleus of the museum, created at the beginning of the 20th century by the II Marqués de la Vega Inclán.
Explore the collection: Domus
The collections of the museum expose to the public a significant sample of pieces of the XVI and XVII centuries, representative not only of the life and work of Domenikos Theotokopoulos, especially of the last years of his life, but also of the actual culture and society of Toledo. The origin of the collections is at the beginning of the 20th century when the second Marqués de la Vega Inclán founded the museum with scattered works by the artist from Crete.
Since then the collection has been increased by the acquisition of other works of the painter and Mannerist and Baroque artists as well as notable pieces of decorative arts of the period. The museum invites you to explore its collection in detail using the DOMUS system. Here you can find out all the details of the museum’s collections.
- March 1 to October 31: 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday
- November 1 to February 28: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday
- Sundays and holidays all year round: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ticket sales only at the box office
- January 1 and 6, May 1
- December 24, 25 and 31
- January 23 (local holiday)