Museo Perez Galdos


The Museo Perez Galdos is dedicated to the great son of Gran Canaria, Benito Perez Galdos, an artist, writer and lover of arts. This museum is the actual house of Benito Perez Galdos which has been converted into a museum.

Born in Las Palmas, Benito Perez Galdos was the youngest son in a large family.  He studied at the San Augustin college where his trachers aroused his passion for history and creative arts.

He later travelled to Tenerife to complete his higher education in Arts.  During his formative years itself he was associated with the newspaper El Omnibus where he wrote and his articles were published on the subject of the life in the islands. His articles reflected a keen sense of humour and was also mingled with a sense of irony.  After finishing his higher education at Tenerife he travelled to Madrid to study law.

At Madrid too Benito Perez Galdos continued writing in several newspapers. He also translated Dicken ‘s work as he was a huge fan of Charles Dickens.  He translated The Posthumous Papers of the Patwick Club into Spanish.  Benito Perez Galdos travelled videly throughout Europe and imbibed him the arts and culture of the other European countries which reflects in his love developed for Theatre.


Perez Galdos Museum


In 1892 he became a playwright with the play Realidad followed by La Loca de la Casa, Gerona and La de San Quintin which grew his strature and popularity.  His popularity grew with Episodios Nacionales. He was also chosen as a member of the Royal Academy. Over the years he spent a lot of time at his residence at the city of Santander. He was also nominated for the Nobel prize but could not win it.  In his later half in life he grew more spiritual and his writings reflected this change.  Around 1915 he started losing his eye sight and became a recluse. He died on 4th Jan 1920 by which time he was one of the countries most famous playwrights and was mourned by the full country.

The Museum is dedicated to this great son of Gran Canaria.  His family homw where he spent his formative years right into his teens. The museum is located in Triana – Vegueta the city centre during those times. The building is typical of the style during the late part of the XVIII century. The house has been more of less maintained as the original structure.  The museum houses Benito Perez Galdos ‘s creative writings and famous works including Episodios Nacionales, his novels and newspaper writings.

Apart from his works even the private areas of the house has been maintained as original to give you an insight of the style of living at Gran Canaria in the later part of the 18th century.  Benito Perez Galdos ‘s office which was personally designed by him, his furniture used in his several residences at Las Palmas, Santander, Madrid are housed here. The walls also adorn several paintings and works of art, the most famous being the portrait by the artist Joaquin Sorolla.

The museum is currently associated with promoting research on the works of Benito Perez Galdos, publication of works of arts.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00 hours and from 16:00 hours to 20:00 hours. On Saturday, Sunday and other bank holidays they are open from 10:00 to 14:00 hours. The museum is closed on 1st Jan, 6th Jan, Carnival tuesday, 1st May, and 25th and 31st Dec.

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