Casa Lujan

Courtyard of Casa Lujan, Puntallana
Courtyard of Casa Lujan, Puntallana


Casa Lujan is much more fun than you’d expect from the brochures, which describe it as an “ethnographic museum”. But it’s not a collection of stuff in dusty display cases. It’s an 18th century house, with whole rooms restored to show how the comfortably-off lived between about 1920 and 1960.

Gentlemen in the living room at Casa Lujan, Puntallana
Gentlemen in the living room at Casa Lujan








Even better, there are people “living” in the house. And rather than use shop mannequins, the “inhabitants” are giant rag dolls, called mayos because they traditionally make an appearance at Fiesta de la Cruz, in May. So one set of mayos are smoking and playing dominoes in the living room.


Morning room at Casa Lujan, Puntallana, La Palma
Morning room at Casa Lujan






While this lady is busy sewing. (I used to have a reconditioned, treadle, Singer sewing machine much like this. I also used to have similar hair and glasses.)


Kitchen of Casa Lujan, Puntallana, La Palma
Kitchen of Casa Lujan, Puntallana

















Meanwhile this servant is working in the kitchen





In 1919 the local council bought the house to use as a village school until about 1980, and the school room downstairs has been restored too.

School room at Casa Lujan, Puntallana
School room at Casa Lujan

It’s not just the furniture: they have posters on the walls explaining why you shouldn’t go birds’-nesting, notebooks on the desks, and an old set of weights and measures.

Open Monday-Saturday 10 am- 1 pm and 4 pm – 7 pm
Google map here. Admission is free, but there’s a box for donations in the school room.

Set of old measures, Casa Lujan, Puntallana
Set of old measures, Casa Lujan
A school notebook at CasaLujan, Puntallana
A school notebook at CasaLujan

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Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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