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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 41 Attractions in Valladolid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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.

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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I wouldn't normally like these type of places but this is definitely worth a visit. Some amazing sculptures to be viewed. Not a big place, only takes 20mins to get round which is long enough for me!

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Valladolid an hour train ride north of Madrid was the heart of Catholic Spain with a rich liturgical history and a spectacular example of this is its National Museum of Sculpture with its jaw-dropping collection of religious polychromatic wooden sculptures dating back to the 13th Century. Its treasure trove of wooden ceilings, altarpieces, and choir stalls, and the works of... More

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212 reviews 212 reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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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7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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