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National Museum of Sculpture

Cadenas de San Gregorio, 1 | calle Cadenas de San Gregorio, 1, Valladolid, Spain
983 250 375
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Ranked #1 of 39 Attractions in Valladolid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: The National Museum of Sculpture is one of the most important European museums on this discipline because of the quality of its collection, ranging... more » Owner description: The National Museum of Sculpture is one of the most important European museums on this discipline because of the quality of its collection, ranging from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, with a predominance of polychrome wood works: Alonso Berruguete, Juan de Juni, Gregorio Fernández, Mena, Martínez Montañés, Alonso Cano, etc. The 19th century, is represented by the plaster cast collection coming from the old National Museum of Artistic Reproductions. The historic value of the four buildings which make up the museum along the street reinforces the worthy character of the visit. The main building, Saint Gregory´s College, is one of the most singular examples of the architecture in the 15th century, next to the Palace of the Marquis de Villena, the House of the Sun and the church of St. Benedict the Elder. « less
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Derbyshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

So completely charmed by Valladolid we decided to visit the main attraction and were amazed and in awe of it. Quite a fantastic display of 15 and 16th century sculptures one room after another. It really warrants a visit. The pride of the many staff whom we met was remarkable.

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Austin. Houston, San Antonio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

I was not expecting this to be so incredible a collection despite a recommendation from the conservation department at the Prado. Many of the works are 3-4 centuries old and are in pristine but original condition. It's an easy day trip from Madrid by train. Don't miss this, you'll be amazed.

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This museum is housed in a beautiful building with bizarre sculptures on the facade intended to represent the unknown beings who lived in South America. Inside, there is room after room of beautiful sculptures. A mediaeval fan like me might feel a little short-changed, but there is lots of interesting material from several centuries.

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Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Beautiful! A must see! Valladolid should be on all the tour stops and would like to see it added to more tour guide books.

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Valladolid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

A must when visiting Valladolid; it is inside of the most beatuful buidings of the old "San Gregorio" It is beautifully kept. The museum shows mostly wooden polychrome sculptures from the 15th century untill the 20th century from some of the best sculputeres ever. Many of the pieces shown come from Churches and some are used for the Holy Week.

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Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Valladolid was the shining star of Spain 500 years ago, but since Madrid took over it´s enthusiastically torn down its architectural heritage and raised up some real monstrosities. Still, there are a few jewels left in the old crown... and the sculpture museum is the big diamond! This is not a collection of lumpy steel things, or welded-together beams, or... More

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Dartford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Worth a day at least and a return visit and that despite the fact that the rubrics are only in Spanish. With a Iittle Latin and either French or Italian it is possible to make some sense , but that notwithstanding, the quality of the exhibits and their presentation make this an outstanding venue. Ian

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Ludlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

The most stimulating and powerful collection of religious and devotional statuary I have ever seen. Really well presented, explained and displayed. I learnt more in one visit than I have for years. Some surprisingly 'modern' concepts are actually medieval.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is an excellent museum, with much to see. The wood carvings, while artistically not entirely to my taste, are beautifully crafted and a great way to see a way through history. There is a short leaflet in English and English guideboards in each room, so its perfectly possible to understand what you're seeing, unlike some of the other museums... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Hosted in a former convent and church, this museum is a real must for any scultpure and art lover. It is situated in the middle of the historic city and the quiet atmosphere of this area seems to reach inside the museum. You will have a lovely time.

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