Museo de Santa Cruz
Museo de Santa Cruz
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

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Bolton, UK625 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is housed in a former church-orphanage-hospital. The museum’s main building is laid out in the form of a Greek cross, with a central dome and some beautiful Mudéjar wooden coffered ceilings. It houses permanent exhibits which offer a good overview of the Spain’s imperial history. Each wing is dedicated to a different monarch (Charles V; Phillip II; and the 17th century Minor Habsburgs), with artefacts from the period (paintings, sculptures, furniture, tapestries militaria etc). Wall boards provide historical context, and most of the exhibits have brief information labels.

The rest of the museum is a bit confusing, with few signposts and explanations. We did check out a few of the other permanent exhibits – the extensive Roman, Visigoth, and Arab archaeological section (in the main cloister and the basement) and Iberian ceramics (up the cloister staircase). We couldn’t find the Toledan folk handicrafts. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions.

Entrances normally costs €4, but is free until December 31 2024. This is because, since June 2023, the wing dedicated to Phillip II has been closed for maintenance work, so you won’t be able to some of the museum’s most famous exhibits, including the El Greco paintings and Veronica’s Cloth impressed with the holy face of Christ. This is probably why the museum was uncrowded. Our visit took around 1 hour.
Written January 28, 2024
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Sarah
Geneva, Switzerland1,025 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
The museum’s visit was way above expectations. To start with, it is hosted in an old hospital dating from the XVI century. The facade, the cloister and the architectural structure of the museum are stunning.
It hosts a wide collection of art dating from different times (ancient Romans, Visigoths, El Greco paintings, azulejos collection etc.) and provides written explanations to better understand the history of Spain.
At the time of my visit there were two very interesting temporary exhibitions (with explanations in Spanish).
Free entrance.
Written May 12, 2022
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MNE
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
The pros: gets a star as it is free and reasonably interesting.

The cons: having been around (the wrong way as it transpires on the basis of the non existent signs showing the way), I attempted to exit the museum the way I came in. I was approached by an officious lady who informed me that I was going the wrong way (in Spanish) and gestured the correct way.

I informed her in English that I had already been round and was leaving. She clearly understood this as she gestured another direction (again, different to the way I was attempting to go).

I pointed to a sign on the wall (pointing in the direction I was trying to go) which said 'salida'. Now, my Spanish is bad but I have followed signs saying 'salida' in stations which have the word 'exit' underneath it. Clearly this word has a different meaning in this museum.

It seems to be a common occurrence in this area for room attendants to exist solely to tell tourists off for not going the way they want you to despite the signs or lack thereof.
Written March 22, 2023
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Rachisgreat
50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Free entry to this excellent museum. Set in a fascinating building with multiple exhibitions. Lovely cloisters and garden in the centre. Takes around 1-2 hours to explore at a leisurely pace.
Written October 12, 2023
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Nikola C
Dubrovnik, Croatia354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
Pedro González de Mendoza, powerful Archbishop of Toledo, during time of Catholic monarchs of Isabelle and Ferdinad, founded Hospital of Santa Cruz in the end of 15th century which during its time was the main hospital in the city. It has a masterly executed plateresque portal, work of Alonso de Covarrubias and the building has a Greek cross plant and four courtyards, two of which were completely completed. As medieval hospitals were unhealthy shared halls of narrow dimensions, used to look after defenceless people and abandoned children, new ideas of hygiene, including the importance of cleanliness, sun and well-ventilated rooms that arrived from Italy, were incorporated in design of this building which was finished in early 16th century.

Hospital was converted into a Museum in the 19th century and today houses major archeology collection which spans from pre-Roman Iberia, followed by Roman and Vizigothic era, to the Arab and Castillan times. Big part of archeology stuff resides in beautiful renaissance inner courtyard. There is fine arts collection, with notable examples of works by El Greco and Luis Tristan and examples of local traditional craftmanship like ceramics, glass, textiles, iron work, and gold and silver work. Museum of Santa Cruz is essential for visit for all those interested in history, art and arhitecture of Toledo and subsequently of Castille. Entrance fee is 4 €
Written January 14, 2018
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SteveSilverman
Miami118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
A nice size museum with many El Greco paintings. It was recommended over the other museum. The pictures are beautiful and it is not crowded so you can really look at them.
Written July 7, 2019
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packcal
California1,308 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Former hospital, now an excellent museum with superior explanations, (in both Spanish and English) what the visitor is viewing. One of the better sites in Spain in terms of educating the visitor. Highly recommend.
Written April 19, 2019
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Tom2577
Province of Rome, Italy36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
This building was an old hospital but really it was a glimpse of other pieces of information gathered in more interesting ways in other parts of Toledo. Not worth the time or effort as you can not even access all of the old building which is very interesting as a piece of architecture.
Written March 21, 2018
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Gerard_S77
Dublin, Ireland3,895 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Solo
The building space is a former church that is almost in Greek cross proportions. There is also a cloister. The displays are laid along the axis. Items on display go back to the Roman period along with Visigothic. The main period covered is late Medieval to early 17th century so there are a number of works by El Greco, which are the most recognisable and most high quality items on display. There is a good number of items on display but not always of the highest quality and others are on loan principally from the Prado.

It also hosts temporary exhibitions.
Written October 15, 2017
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PJandSJ
Matlock, UK1,266 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
The museum offers free entry to EU citizens aged 65 or older (but you will need documentary evidence of that such as a passport or driving licence).

Because of time constraints, we limited ourselves to the art collection rather than seeing the wider collection of archaeology and traditional craftsmanship. Even so, our visit was very enjoyable, and the works of art on display – including, of course, some El Grecos – were impressive.

The cloister is a delightful area in which to relax, and it’s easy to imagine its recuperative powers in the hospital that the building once was. A haven from what can sometimes be the hustle and bustle of Toledo.
Written October 5, 2017
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