A Museum to experience history

The maritime history of Santa Cruz de La Palma is enthralling and action-packed, and the best way to learn about it is at this Museum that summarises events over five centuries.

While navigation was apparently not known to the indigenous inhabitants, La Palma’s maritime adventure began in 1496 with the Spanish conquest, the island being the last territory to fall under Spanish control. It was therefore part of some of the most important chapters of Spain’s maritime history.

History

A large part of our funds come from generous donors

The S/C de La Palma Maritime Museum was created towards the end of the 20th century thanks to the initiative of the city’s Lions Club. A large part of the funds came from generous private donations, permitting the Museum to put together an invaluable collection of artefacts.

The section on naval carpentry is especially significant, as La Palma was at the forefront of the golden age of shipbuilding in the Canary Islands spanning the 19th century.

The Barco de la Virgen

A wonderful grounded caravel

Visitors to Santa Cruz de La Palma are surprised to find an entire ship in the middle of the old city, dominating the view over La Alameda, one of the most emblematic areas of the ancient city of Apurón.

This accurate reproduction of a caravel was made for the Descent of the Virgen in 1940 by an enthusiastic group of citizens from La Palma led by Armando Yanes, whose passion for sailing and shipbuilding resulted in the creation of the Barco de la Virgen.

Every 5 years, this ship is decorated for its part in the Dialogue between the Fort and the Ship, one of the main events of the Quinquennial Celebrations in Honour of the Virgen de Las Nieves, held on the day the island’s patroness enters the city.