Casa-Museo de Colón

Casa-Museo de Colón information

Location
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria , Spain
Address
Calle Colón 1
Telephone
+34 928 31 23 73
More information
www.casadecolon.com
Prices
adult/child €4/free
Opening hours
10am-6pm Mon-Sat, to 3pm Sun
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This fascinating museum documents Columbus’ voyages and features exhibits on the Canary Islands’ historical role as a staging post for transatlantic shipping. Don’t miss the model galleon on the ground floor, which particularly impresses children. The crucifix is said to have come from Columbus' ship. Upstairs there is an art gallery and some models of Las Palmas past and present. Travel geeks will love rooms five and six, which contain historical maps largely from the early 16th century.

The building is a superb example of Canarian architecture, built around two balconied patios, complete with fountains, palm trees and parrots. The exterior is a work of art itself, with some showy plateresque (silversmith-like) elements, combined with traditional heavy wooden balconies.

Although called Columbus’ House (it’s possible he stopped here in 1492), most of what you see dates from the time this building was the opulent residence of Las Palmas’ early governors.