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StartNewsColumbus House Museum: A walk through contemporary history

Columbus House Museum: A walk through contemporary history

24 Jan 2023

Take a walk through the Casa de Colón, one of the most important museum on Gran Canaria.

In the heart of the historic centre of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the north of the island, we find a building, at the foot of the Cathedral of Santa Ana, of singular beauty, in colonial style, known as the Columbus House Museum in Las Palmas.

Open to anyone who wants to visit it, it offers three exhibition rooms dedicated to the history of the Canary Islands and their close relationship with America. It’s undoubtedly the best place to get to know, first hand, the Canarian and American culture just before the arrival of the European settlers.

At Dunas Hotels & Resorts, we invite you on a journey through the history of the Canary Islands and the founding of the city.

Location, Opening hours & Prices of the Casa de Colón

Columbus House is located in Calle Colón 1 in Las Palmas:

Opening hours:

- Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 18:00
- Sundays and Public holidays: 10:00 to 15:00
- Closed: January 1st and 6th, May 1st, December 24th, 25th and 31st

The entry is €4.

The manor that Columbus visited

entry hall outside the columbus house

Before embarking on our adventure through the history of the island, let's talk a little about the manor house.

We have to go back to the year 1478, with the foundation of the small military camp Real de Las Palmas by Juan Rejón. From this camp, on the banks of the Guiniguada ravine, the Vegueta neighbourhood was born.

Within this core, a series of buildings were built, including the Casa de los Gobernadores, where today the Casa de Colón is located.

During his voyage to the East Indies, Christopher Columbus landed on the island to repair his rudder and continue his voyage.

We have to go back to the 1940s, when the Cabildo of Gran Canaria began to lay the foundations of its cultural policy, which included the creation of the Casa Colón. Under the pretext of the aforementioned events, the location would be on the former site of the Casa de Los Gobernadores.

On 18 July 1951, after a series of renovations, what we know today as the Casa Museo de Colón was inaugurated in Las Palmas.

The best and most varied representation of the history of the Canary Islands

Now, you can begin your experience in the Casa Museo de Colón. After strolling through the narrow streets of the Vegueta neighbourhood, you'll reach the Plaza del Pilar Nuevo, where you'll come across the museum's marvellous colonial-inspired façade.

As you enter, you’ll discover a huge typical Canarian courtyard with vegetation, a small fountain and some friendly macaws that welcome you to the museum.

Leaving this beautiful courtyard behind, you’ll find various sections inside, dedicated to different themes, where you can enjoy and admire different pictorial collections and services.

Painting lovers are in luck. The Museo Casa Colon, in Las Palmas, has a section dedicated to paintings from the 16th to the 19th centuries, exhibiting original pieces from the Prado Museum and a representation of Flemish paintings resulting from the exchange of sugar and wine with the Netherlands.

Another section of the museum is dedicated to the history of the city, where you can see a recreation of the island and its evolution from the 15th to the 19th centuries through different information panels, graphic documentation and models.

We continue our experience with the part dedicated to America and its discovery. With information panels we can learn more about the American population, their people and their customs.

Here, you can learn about the Emerald culture through a collection of 160 pieces, including identity seals, zoomorphic figures and various funerary elements.

At the end of your experience at the Casa Museo de Colón, be sure to take a leisurely stroll through the most emblematic streets of Vegueta, such as Calle Reyes Católicos, Calle de La Pelota and Calle Mendizabal.

We want you to have the best experience during your visit to the city, so we suggest this route through one of the most important and picturesque museums in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.