Avenida Marítima,3 38700 Santa Cruz de La Palma  ver mapa ver mapa
922 423100
922 420030
Calle Alvarez de Abreu,70 38700 Santa Cruz de La Palma  ver mapa ver mapa
922 42 31 00 Ext. 6766
922 42 00 30
Cabildo - Museo Insular (ENGLISH)
Plaza de San Francisco

       The Insular Museum of La Palma is located in the Royal Convent of the Immaculate Conception Santa Cruz de La Palma, which was founded by the Franciscan Order in 1508, a place that is shared with José Pérez Vidal Insular Library and the General Archives of La Palma. The building is the only convent on the island of La Palma, preserved in its integrity and stylistically, stands out for the sobriety of its lines marking an austere decoration, while adopting the ways of the so-called traditional Canaries architecture.
       Inside it has two cloisters; the smallest, to the north and parallel to the nave of the convent church is decorated with orange trees that were planted by heads of State, from different European countries who gathered in La Palma, at the opening of the Observatory astrophysicist of the Roque de los Muchachos in 1985.
      We find the origin of the Insular Museum of La Palma in the old Museum of Fine Arts and Ethnography. At first other sections were incorporated as Natural Sciences, which already integrated parts of the Ethnography Museum itself and the Natural Sciences created by the Cosmological society in 1881.

      Fine Arts Hall: Formed at first time, with the reserves of the Provincial Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Cruz de La Palma, which was inaugurated in 1917, with a first collection formed by spanish painters romantic, realistic and modernist, donated by the politician and lawyer palmero, Pedro Poggio Alvarez (1863-1929), who was the first national Director of Bellas Artes.

       Today also offers other supplementary funds, donated or acquired through purchases of the Cabildo Insular de La Palma. The room dedicated to the expressionist painter palmera Carmen Arozena that in addition to her oil paintings and engravings, distributes the works ascribed to the international engraving prize that has the name of the artist. In addition, the Urs Baerlocher collection, composed of 322 paintings along with sculptures and engravings by European artists of between 1920 and 2010, excelling in it signatures affiliated to the avant-garde movements like Dadaism and abstract expressionism, surrealism, informalism.

           Natural Sciences Hall: Located in the old room De Profundis and convent refectory, is largely completed by the reserves of the Museum of Ethnography and Natural Sciences, and ceded by Cosmological Society, along with other minerals and zoological collections which were donated later. The concept of this room is moving the visitor to the nineteenth century museology, which conceived the analysis of the natural world in tanks and collector cabinets. It is a sequence of birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, coral and minerals from around the world, completed thanks to the work of the partners of the cosmological and tradition collection of La Palma, formed by the advance of the anthropological studies of the 19th century. No less important has been the taxidermist tradition of La Palma in the configuration of this section, since it sinks its origins in the years eight hundred.
Ethnography Hall: It is situated between the convent kitchen and two rooms that house the cells. The following thematic groups can be distinguished:

            Room of carpentry of Ribera: Where the visitor can see the history of shipbuilding, one of the main sources of the industrial economy of the island of La Palma in the 16th and 19th centuries, such as scale models of ships, including some fundamental sailing ships of the American route as the Barque "La Verdad" or schooner of schooner cabotage "Juanito" as well as work tools or types of knots sailors.

           Main hall of Ethnography: It exposes an assorted sample of traditional handicrafts and trades throughout history: basketry, pottery and ceramics, textiles, agriculture, livestock, food and manual cigar factory. They also exhibit several original watercolors of costumbrism (manners) style, signed by the palmero painter Juan Bautista Fierro Vandewalle (1841-1930).
           The Room of the Silk: It shows some utensils for the manufacture of this textile, which simultaneously had several workshops in many villages of the island, stressing the twisting machine of the 18th century, which belonged to the company Blas Carrillo, whose production of fine silks, were exported to European cities such as Lyon.

Plaza San Francisco,3 38700 Santa Cruz de La Palma (Santa Cruz de Tenerife)  ver mapa ver mapa
922423100 Ext 2523

Opening Time:

Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 20:00 h.
Saturdays: from 10:00 to 14:00 h.

Sundays and Bank Holidays: CLOSED



Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:00 h.
Saturday: from 10:00 to 13:00 h.

Sundays and Bank Holidays: CLOSED


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