Founded in 1879 by a small group of members of the local bourgeoisie, the Museo Canario houses the Canary Islands’ largest collection of pre-Hispanic objects from the period of 500 B.C. until the 15th century.
Head of this private initiative – aiming to preserve, research and exhibit the archaeological and documentary collections of the museum – was Doctor Gregorio Chil y Naranjo who left the building and all the scientific documents to the private foundation managing this museum in his will.
Spread over 11 rooms, you’ll find a very eclectic permanent exhibition with statuettes of gods, jewellery, pottery, tools, mummies, skeletons and many other artefacts related to the life of the Guanches, the aborigines of the Canaries. The displays also include scale models of Guanche dwellings and a replica of the Cueva Pintada at Gáldar. Endowed with an extensive library, a periodicals’ library and an archive specialised in Canarian matters, this museum also offers its services to researchers, students and the general public.
- Museum, Temporary Exhibitions and Shop:
Monday – Friday 10.00 to 20.00
Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 to 14.00
- Library, Periodicals’ Library and Archive:
Monday – Friday 10.00 to 20.00 – closed on bank holidays
The Museo Canario boasts the world's largest collection of Cro-Magnon skulls and displays Guanche implements and a collection of pottery.