Casa de Colon
Casa de Colon
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Christopher Columbus' house is now a history museum, displaying several of his belongings, including his drawings, journals and a portrait.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Iselin Tangen
    Stjordal, Norway32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit!
    Wonderful museum! Beautiful artwork and interesting sculptures in a casual atmosphere! The parrots at the entrances were a pleasant surprise. I was also surprised by the lack of protection around a lot of the artwork, but everything looked to be in order. My only wish is that more was in English so I could read more about the art I was looking at.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Sébastien D
    Seine-et-Marne, France613 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    ¨Piece of History !
    We didn't visit it because it is today only a Museum with some interesting pieces. However, this is definitely a key visit just from History point of view. It was Colon last house before leaving for his incredible travel to find alternative way to India which ends by, as all know it, finding the New World. Very typical of Colonial style and very well preserved !
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
  • MissTraveller
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well preserved piece of history (with aircon!)
    Very good value for money, around 13 rooms including both the second floor and basement, there was interactive screens that you could pick the language and it showed the pathway Columbus took on each of his vogues, there is a qr code to scan on the way in that provides information about each room you enter you can read this yourself or listen to it. There are countless exhibits to look at and live parrots in the courtyard. There is air conditioning so it’s a cool escape from midday sun, also there are toilets and a small gift shop. Can be a quick activity or prolonged depending on your level of interest ect. Recommend to all to do whilst you are visiting!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Pyry K
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A trip back in history
    The entry ticket was 4€ which is not much. The building looks well maintained and the atmosphere takes you back in time. A fitting place for a museum. The artifacts on display were interesting and each room had a distinct theme. You'll want to look at the building as much as at the artifacts. It's not that big a place so you'll probably look through it in an hour or so. I kinda wished it had been a bit bigger place but other than that a very good experience.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 10, 2023
  • NSVanderMac
    Belgium100 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    a good history lesson
    Interesting facts about the voyages of Columbus.The museum is small and quaint, one feels the history. The portrait of Columbus nice to see so one doesn't have to imagine what he was like. The history of his voyages is very complete, and leaves one feeling a bit more knowledgeable about his discoveries. There were 2 beautiful large parrots in the atrium of the museum adding to the atmosphere. We went on a sunday and were pleasantly surprised that it was free entry.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 18, 2023
  • Jennie P
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous building with so much history inside
    We went here and we were very impressed. The building itself is architecturally fantastic and in very good condition. The exhibits and information, particularly the maps, were displayed in an informative way. Reduced price of 2 Euro for over 65's and they didn't ask for proof so I guess I look my age!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 24, 2024
  • Littlemuff
    Holsworthy, United Kingdom93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem
    Excellent Museum, charting early Atlantic Trade routes, ancient Maps and Pottery from the Americas. Fabulous building, including extensive Cellar. 2 very loud Macaws, wandering the ground floor!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 20, 2024
  • Steve_Grant1
    Oldham, United Kingdom1,725 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outside overview only
    We visit the outside of the building when on a day tour of Gran Canaria. So time did not allow us to do everything but that said we had a couple of hours in the area which is full of interesting buildings/churches. Make sure to pop to the left hand side of the building to see an interesting statue.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 23, 2024
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Janet W
Brussels, Belgium304 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Solo
The Columbus House is a good place to discover lots of interesting things about the famous explorer. It’s located in a beautiful building in the heart of the lovely old Vegueta neighborhood. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sundays/holidays until 3pm. At present they require visitors to have proof of Covid vaccination. General entry is €4 but only €2 for students and over 65s. The rooms of the museum exhibit cartography documents, maps, navigation instruments, handwritten journals, models of boats, and paintings from the 16th to 20th century. It explains the Americas before discovery, the voyages of Columbus, and the close ties that existed between Gran Canaria and the far off continent. The showcases are nice and everything is attractively exhibited. There’s an interesting crypt downstairs with a lovely collection of pre-Columbian archaeological material from the South American cultures. Explanations on the museum walls are mainly in Spanish. There is a QR code on entry for which you need to use your own cellular data, as the museum’s WiFi doesn’t work. There’s a choice of several languages. This audio guide is the main reason I only gave the museum an average score. I had a lot of difficulty getting the sound to work and the room numbers shown next to most rooms didn’t match up with the various sections presented in the audio guide list. But worst of all, when the sound actually did work, the voice in English was terrible. It sounded like a robot and took all the joy out of having things presented to you. I ended up just reading the written text on my phone rather than listening to the woman (if it was a human, and not a robot), who could lull me into slumber. Perhaps the other languages had more enthusiastic voices, but they should definitely re-record the one in English.
Written December 30, 2021
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Tony W
Cambridge, UK434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The magnificent reconstructed building alone is worth the entry fee. And the exhibits inside it are an extra bonus.
At school I was taught that Columbus was a bit of chancer who got lucky and stumbled across some islands in the Caribbean, but thought he was in the Far East. The museum describes a much more interesting story, with 4 well planned and financed voyages, carried out in tiny boats, by brave & highly skilled crews setting out with no useful maps, and what now seem dangerously primitive navigation instruments.
The exhibits are described clearly in several languages, and staff are on hand to give additional info.
Written February 10, 2020
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lovetravel1996
Stamford, CT279 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Don't let the small front fool you. This museum, once housing Christopher Columbus, has an interesting collection of maps, journals and artifacts that date to the time of the discovery of the New World. It also has great didactic materials to peruse the exhibit at one's pace. Not to mention the architecture of the house itself, with its typical inner courtyard. Definitely worth the visit.
Written January 16, 2020
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mark s
Scotland, UK628 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We visited the shop initially and decided to pop into the museum, over one hour later we came out very, very impressed. At only 2 euros to get in, it is worth so much more. OK, the links to the Canaries to Cristobal Colon are limited to popping in on his and way back from the Americas, but the museum concentrates on the period, the journeys and suchlike.

The first exhibit is a remake of a galleons cabin, very well done and amazingly cramped. Good detail in English and Spanish through out, with French, Dutch and German also on many of the information screens.

Staff are very friendly.

The shop is excellent some of the most tasteful souvenirs we seen, lovely pictures, one of which we bought.

All in a superb wee museum well worth a visit by adults or kids.
Written November 14, 2021
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Jazzumbo
Romania2,065 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Columbus Museum is housed in an eye catching building in Vegueta. Although the construction does not date back from Columbus era, it features some balconies saved and restored from ruined mansions around Las Palmas.
Shortly after leaving the port of Cadiz in August 1492, Columbus found himself forced to stop in Gran Canaria as the rudder of La Pinta (one of the three caravels departed to discover the New World) needed some repairs, impossible to be carried out during sailing.
After La Pinta's rudder got fixed, Columbus fleet eventually left the Canaries heading west.
The museum’s main exhibits refers to this important moment in the history of the archipelago and world.
In addition to the Columbus stuff (vintage navigational instruments, charts, books, flags and maps among others), the museum displays artifacts from pre-Columbian Americas and old paintings depicting the colonial era.
There's also a section dedicated to the history of archipelago, although there are not many details about the people who inhabited the islands before the arrival of the Spaniards. There are actually more details about their hunting dogs than about the native tribes. The only doubtless info is that it took five years to Spanish troops to kill them all and "conquest" the island.
It's sad that the lives of archipelago’s native inhabitants did not count in Columbus era and still not matter nowadays.
In one of the four patios of the museum, there are two awesome macaws.
Written August 12, 2021
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kattullus
Stockholm, Sweden1,110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
Fine museum in a nice part of the town. Good interactive maps of the voyages. Well made models of the ships makes you realize how small they were and the courage and stamina of the men aboard them.
Written December 26, 2020
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Lin D
Royston, UK531 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
A really interesting museum in the heart of a picturesque area of Vegueta, just to the rear of the cathedral Santa Ana. The facade is beautiful. The interior layout is very attractive but it is the exhibits themselves that make the visit really worthwhile. The story of Columbus’ journeys across to America via the Canary Islands is fascinating. The quality of the art on loan from the Prado on the second floor was also a surprise.
Written February 28, 2022
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MissTraveller
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Very good value for money, around 13 rooms including both the second floor and basement, there was interactive screens that you could pick the language and it showed the pathway Columbus took on each of his vogues, there is a qr code to scan on the way in that provides information about each room you enter you can read this yourself or listen to it. There are countless exhibits to look at and live parrots in the courtyard. There is air conditioning so it’s a cool escape from midday sun, also there are toilets and a small gift shop. Can be a quick activity or prolonged depending on your level of interest ect. Recommend to all to do whilst you are visiting!
Written September 14, 2023
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Joel43_12
Christchurch, UK150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Museum housed in a historic building devoted mainly to Christopher Columbus (who apparently stayed here) and his various voyages to the Americas. There were a number of other exhibits also mainly devoted to other explorers with old nautical items including maps and navigation instruments. Good explanations also in English.
Oddly there were 2 macaws wandering around in the central courtyard.
Written February 22, 2020
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David B
El Barco de Avila, Spain625 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This fine building was the Governor´s residence and Columbus is reputed to have stayed here when his America bound ships stopped in Las Palmas. As such it is an interesting building with exceptional wooden ceilings. Rooms contain a mock up of the interior of one of Columbus´ships, exhibits on his voyages and old maps and atlases as well as paintings and pre-hispanic art from Central America. Very enjoyable.
Written October 26, 2021
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