A highly valuable collection

The Maritime Museum is home to an incredibly valuable collection of artefacts, encapsulating the island’s maritime history over five centuries, including documents like the one establishing the Juzgado de Indias, a body created in the 16th century that permitted La Palma to trade with the Indies, making it the first island to receive this authorisation.

Thematic areas

  • The Maritime Museum is divided into six thematic areas:
  • The Age of Discovery, which explains La Palma’s key role in the early stages of the discovery and colonisation of the New World
  • The golden age of European trade, which covers the intricacies of trade relations between La Palma and European and American markets for sugar and wine
  • The route to Cuba, which traces the intense migration via this sea route as also the trade relations between La Palma and the main island of the Caribbean in the 19th century
  • The 20th century, with the correíllos and ghost ships
  • Naval carpentry in La Palma, which looks at the heyday of shipbuilding on the island, and especially in the city’s bay, in the 19th century
  • The sea and popular devotion, which explains the role of the Barco de la Virgen in the Descent.

Do not miss…

  • The Maritime Museum is home to historic artefacts which are true treasures representing the island’s history.
  • Document establishing the Juzgado de Indias in the 16th century
  • Collection of 17th-century navigation maps of the Caribbean sea
  • Models of La Fama de Canarias and La Verdad, the large sailboats made in La Palma
  • Sebastián Arozena’s naval architecture manual, which won the gold medal at the World’s Fair in Philadelphia in 1872
  • Collection of models of the hulls of ships built in Santa Cruz de La Palma by the Arozena family
  • Model of the San Telmito processional galleon, associated with the island’s oldest act of maritime devotion.

Relive maritime history during your visit

A visit to the Maritime Museum is an experience in itself, as it allows you to explore the insides of a 16th-century ship. Majority of the collection is located on the ground floor; the upper floor – which corresponds to the main deck – has a smaller room dedicated to naval carpentry. The upper deck in the stern houses a small room with information about the role of the Barco de la Virgen in the Descent.