Housed in an old convent, this is one amazing museum - and building!
Arranged around two quadrangles, long halls and smaller rooms, the museum houses historic exhibitions of art, sea-faring, farming tools, weaving, guitars, taxidermy of fauna and sea life on a grand scale (native birds, small animals, sharks, a turtle found at Garafia, etc,) and a beautiful library to name but a few.
From the information plaque outside: The Franciscan monks that accompanied Alonso Fernandez de Lugo in the conquest of La Palma, after spending 15 years living in straw huts, started building a monastery in 1508 at the express wish of Queen Juana, to be the Order's headquarters in the Canary Islands. The Castile coat of arms over the main door is a sign of their royal patronage. The church, built in the course of the XVI and XVII has one of the first examples of Renaissance art on the islands: the Montserrat chapel, built around 1540, with its unique stone arch and wood panelled roof.
Address: Plaza de Francisco, Santa Cruz.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday: 10.00 to 20.00 hrs. Sundays: 10.00 to 14.00 hrs
July, August & September: 10.00 to 19.30 hrs. Sundays: Closed