Island Museum of Fine Arts, Natural Sciences and Ethnography
Canarian art, geology, customs, and industries are showcased
A century-old museum in a centuries-old convent
The main components of Santa Cruz's Plaza de San Francisco are a church and 16th-century convent, the former with an important collection of religious sculpture and the latter now housing the Museo Insular de Bellas Artes, Ciencias Naturales y Etnografía, as well as the La Palma General Archive and the José Pérez Vidal Island Library. Marking its 100th anniversary in 2015, the museum is based on the art collection of a prominent senator of the early 20th century, and has over the decades been supplemented with addition of the works of various other local artists, such as the painter Manuel González Méndez (1843-1909). The ethnographic section includes artifacts connected to island food, agriculture, and textiles; while on the natural sciences side a standout is an extensive collection of rocks and minerals.
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