Canarian museums, the islander soul in perspective
The museums of the Canary Islands represent a magnificent opportunity to know, to discover, in a close and almost intimate way, the cultural heritage, the historical heritage and the past of the Canaries, at any level, at all levels.
In permanent exhibitions such as those of the Canarian anthropological museums where you can be, face to face, unique vestiges and discover very human connections with aboriginal legacies. Know the material culture, customs, the keys to the time when the Guanches reigned over the Canary Islands.
Features that are visible in the remains that rest in showcases such as those that are distributed spaces in the Museum of Nature and Man of Santa Cruz de Tenerife; in the Canarian Museum of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; in the archaeological museums of Puerto de la Cruz and Insular de La Palma; in that of San Sebastián de La Gomera; in Guayadeque or in the same Archaeological Park of the Pintada Cave, both on the island of Gran Canaria.
Museums now more interactive and fascinating than ever that seem to relive that increasingly less remote and absent past for islanders and curious travelers.
Other museums are a reflection of the art of the Canary Islands of all time. In that line, we must not miss the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with its magnificent oils and watercolors of the most representative Canarian painters of the 19th century and of the romantic Canarian painting.
Painting and plastics from the 19th and 20th centuries that can also be followed in the Municipal Museum of Arucas, in some of the funds of the Museum of the History of Tenerife, in those of the Royal Economic Society of Friends of the Country of Tenerife , from La Laguna; in the Nestor Museum of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or that of Antonio Padrón on the same island.
The Canarian sacred art museums collect and show the religious legacy and the enormous variety of artistic influences that connected in the Canary Islands. This is the case of the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of the Cathedral of Santa Ana. In this sense, we must not miss the religious and other varied collections of the House of Columbus, in Vegueta.
But perhaps the most grateful permanent exhibitions to discover the soul and traditions of the Islands are the ethnographic museums of the Canary Islands, the interpretation centers of the Canary Islands, which narrate the life of local works and industries.
These are the cases of the Museo de la Zafra de Vecindario, in Gran Canaria; of the Silk Museum Las Hilanderas de El Paso, the Interpretation Museum of the Gofio de Las Tricias, the latter in La Palma; or that of the Molino de Gofio de Firgas, in Gran Canaria. Spaces that speak of forgotten customs, jobs and professions, such as what the Agüimes Municipal Museum also has; the Agaete Branch Museum; the Ecomuseum of La Alcogida, in Tefía, Fuerteventura; the Museum of Ibero-American Crafts of La Orotava, the exhibition afloat in Santa Cruz de Tenerife del Correillo ‘La Palma’; or the Museum of the Patrons of Teror.
In the Canary Islands, each family winery is a wine museum, however, there are many that admit visits as happens with the most official of the Casa del Vino de Tacoronte, in Tenerife.
Military museums are not lacking in each of the Islands. Each castle, each fortress that looks at the sea, is a permanent exhibition, only because of the history that its tired stones tell. The best-equipped bastions and defensive constructions are, without a doubt, Guanapay Castle, San José Castle and San Gabriel, in Lanzarote; the Castle of La Luz and that of Mata in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and, under the same military coordinates, that of the Naval Base of Las Palmas or that of the Regional Military Museum of the Canary Islands in the Fort of Almeyda, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife .
There are also exhibits that tell the life and work of illustrious local personalities who made history without leaving the Canary Islands or who opened borders far away, as is the case with permanent samples dedicated to the poet Tomás Morales, in Moya, Gran Canaria; with the case of the Pérez Galdós House Museum, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; with the Unamuno Museum, in Puerto del Rosario; with the familiar exhibition of the poet Domingo Rivero; with the Néstor Álamo Museum in Santa María de Guía or with the Museo León y Castillo de Telde, also in Gran Canaria.
The most interactive museums, with more future, in the broadest sense of expression, are those dedicated to science. There, you have to sign up to see the Elder Museum of Science and Technology of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or the Museum of Science and Cosmos of San Cristóbal de La Laguna.
The list of Canarian museums is unbeatable if they include the most local, neighborhood, personal exhibitions, which have made the compilation of elements of the most unique origins their greatest originality. Exhibitions for which you have to go door to door and make an appointment, as with private collections and every Christmas with the routes of Canarian nativity scenes. Authentic popular exhibitions.
Canarian museums to measure the soul of the islanders.
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