Museo Canario, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.2/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
Visit Museo Canario for a detailed cultural, natural, and archaeological history of the Canary Islands. Founded in 1879, it is the largest institution of its kind in the Canary Islands. This museum offers detailed explanations of the way of life of the inhabitants of the islands before the Christian Conquest and Spanish colonization of the 15th century. Of particular interest here is the large room of cabinets filled with the skulls of native people. You can also take advantage of the museum's large library of newspaper and historical archives. Free on Mondays, and every day for children under 12 years old. Add Museo Canario to your Las Palmas de Gran Canaria travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Las Palmas de Gran Canaria trip itinerary planner.
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  • Rather small but interesting. You can get out of the heat and be entertained for about an hour or so. 
  • A museum to learn about the history and the origins of the Canarian natives and their culture. With mummies, antiques and reproductions archaeological. If you are interested the Canarian culture is must-see.
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  • If you want to go to the pre-Hispanic time Canary and very extensive documentation and the excellent re-creations of the painted cave, the best archaeological allazgos, without a doubt a great and extensive work is in this museum. request a visit guided that put to our disposal despite of be only 2 people a real luxury, the information that is us has transmitted in this Museum
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  • It has been the second visit to the museum, and Ibacame acutely aware that this museum has some peculiar properties. I would expect that a museum that aims to explain the history of the native polulation prior to Spanish Colonialisation, would present artifacts in semantic order, i.e, early settlements, high culture, colonialisation. Instead, the museum displays artefacts by function, there isd a room for pottery shards ands vessles, one for clothing, one of stone tools and one for human ramins etc. None of these are dated, put into social, historic, religious or developmental stages. On the landing of the first floor e.g., is an exhibit showing the effects of diet (cereal consumption leads to caries, legume and pulse consuption to dental erosion). If this exhibit was dated post colonialisation, then the interpretation is vastly different than if was dated long before colonialisation. If we apply this critical thinking now to the entire exhibition, then categorising pottery into "simple", "advanced" or "complex" shapes becomes an equally questionable practice. So I left the museum with the question if the real purpose is to pay lip service to the people, their way of live, culture and religion, in order to gloss over the consequence that coloialisation was a strategic geographic gain for Spain, spelled death, suffering and extinction to the native population.
  • One of the places one must visit in order to have a great day in Vegueta. There, one will learn about the ancient canarians, how the lived... and how they died, I recommend visiting the mummy and skull room, incredible! There's a museum gift shop where one might find something he likes.
  • The Museo Canario is a fairly small but very interesting Museum. However, you should have interest in history. The museum displays also the mummies from the Guanche time (original inhabitants of Gran Canaria) in addition to the many finds from the excavations. As well, many skulls of the natives in showcases are issued. I found very interesting the Museum, but I had previously also extensively dealt with the history of Gran Canaria. The entrance fee of the €4,00,-for adults is totally OK.
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  • A good comprehensive Museum of prehistory of all the Canary Islands. Be aware signs and descriptions are English-only.
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  • The Museo Canario is located near the Vegueta district, and is a Museum a bit "old-fashioned" with many showcases and exhibits (many without data). I found it mildly boring, until, on the first floor, not stumbled in the section dedicated to the mummies. There is a Hall with hundreds of skulls, and several mummies, as well as a reconstruction of a cave, always with (real) bodies. A bit disturbing, but charming and instructive.
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