The National Museum of Sculpture is one of the oldest and most important Spanish museums. It opens its doors to the public in 1842 as the Provincial Museum of Fine Arts and it was elevated to the National Sculpture category in 1933.
Its historical collection has an intense personality endorsed by the artistic quality, the technical originality and the emotional strength of the sculptures that make it up. Carved in wood and polychromed, they belong to the richest phase of our art history, the XV to XVIII centuries, and are linked to emblematic artists such as Alonso Berruguete, Juan de Juni, Gregorio Fernandez, Pedro de Mena …
In 2011, the Museum’s collections have increased with the incorporation of the collection of former National Museum of Artistic Reproductions, valued as one of the best in Europe for the quality, abundance and age of its copies.
Currently, the Museum occupies three historical buildings of singular importance that extend along the pedestrian street Cadenas de San Gregorio, in the monumental heart of Valladolid:
The College of San Gregorio is its headquarters and a beautiful example of Gothic architecture from the late fifteenth century. Its chapel, courtyard and front are adorned with a refined sculptural decoration. It presents in its spaces the historical collection of the museum: sculpture and painting from the 13th to the 18th centuries.
The Palace of Villena is an important example of 16th-century noble architecture and it acts today as a multifunctional building that houses conservation, research and dissemination services. There are temporary exhibition rooms and a Napolitano Bethlehem with more than 600 pieces.
The Casa del Sol, residence of an influential diplomat and scholar of the seventeenth century, the Count of Gondomar, exhibits, in the church annexed to the palace, a selection of reproductions of Greek and Roman sculpture of great quality and historical value.
The National Museum of Sculpture is a state ownership and it is managed exclusively by the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
In recent years, it has been immersed in a process of reform that has allowed it to increase its funds, expand its spaces and modernize its facilities and equipment.
Throughout the year, the Museum offers a broad program of cultural activities of an informative and interdisciplinary nature, including courses, conferences, concerts, dramatized readings, film screenings … linked in their content to the Museum’s collection and temporary exhibitions.
It also offers educational programs for sectors of varied public in order to acquire and to enhance active learning tools around art.
- COLLEGE OF SAN GREGORIO (PERMANENT COLLECTION)
- Tuesday to Saturday – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
- Sundays and holidays – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. *
- PALACE OF VILLENA (BELEN NAPOLITANO AND TEMPORARY EXHIBITION)
- Tuesday to Saturday – from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m and from 4.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m*
- Sundays and holidays – from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. *
- HOUSE OF THE SUN (ARTISTIC REPRODUCTIONS)
- Tuesday to Saturday – from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m*
- Sundays and holidays – from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Mondays and holidays
- January 1 and 6
- May 1
- December 24, 25 y 31