Casa Lujan

Courtyard of Casa Lujan, Puntallana, La Palma
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. 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.

Casa Lujan, Puntallana, La Palma
Living room of Casa Lujan, Puntallana

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.)

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

Meanwhile this servant is working in the kitchen

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

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.

Casa Lujan, Puntallana, La Palma
The schoolroom, Casa Lujan, Puntallana

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.
Casa Lujan, Puntallana, La Palma
Set of measures in the school of Casa Lujan, Puntallana

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.

Casa Lujan, Puntallana, La Palma
School notebook, Casa Lujan, Puntallana

This article has 2 Comments

  1. It does look a lot better than the description ‘ethnographic museum’ would suggest.

    Using rag dolls is a great idea. I’ve seen quite a few uses of not very convincing dummies and they look bad, especially when the paint starts to peel. Some are quite scary too.

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