The Columbus House It is in the heart of Vegueta neighborhood, in The Gran Canarian palms. It is an emblematic building of the city, it is the old Governor’s House, where Columbus was staying on his first trip to America. It was integrated into the surrounding houses until a complex where the Museum, with 13 permanent exhibition halls, and one Library.
Since 1950 it is a cultural institution that is dedicated to the research and dissemination of the history of the Canary Islands and its relations with America. Its funds include ceramic pieces from indigenous cultures, models, representative navigation objects, original cartography, a life-size replica of a “La Niña” booth and a collection of paintings owned by the Prado Museum and the Casa Colón.
The Library has great value for researchers in Colombian history, because it has an important fund of 25,000 volumes.
As for the building, it is an example of traditional Canarian architecture. With interior courtyards and outstanding original elements that have been preserved in the interventions suffered.
The Museum has access through Colón 1 Street. Admission is free and free, open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Library, free of charge, opens from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 2 pm and is accessed through the Plaza Pilar Nuevo.