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Lonely Planet review
A superb example of Canarian architecture, the museum is 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.
The museum’s four sections include fascinating accounts of Columbus’ voyages, the Canary Islands’ historical role as a staging post for transatlantic shipping, pre-Columbian America and the city of Las Palmas. Don’t miss the model galleon on the ground floor, which particularly impresses children. Upstairs is an art gallery with some striking canvases from the Hispanic-Flemish school, and some more recent 19th- and 20th-century works by Canarian artists.