Culture in Tenerife

Enjoy the cultural offerings of the island with the help of
fantastic museums and exhibitions.

Get to know the Art and Culture of Tenerife

If you want to see and experience culture in Tenerife during your vacation, explore the island: It is full of museums and exhibitions to enjoy.

Whichever hotel you decide to spend your stay in, you will have museums or exhibitions in the same town where you are staying or very close to it, although it is true that places like Santa Cruz de Tenerife or La Laguna have the highest volume of these centers.

Come and learn about the great variety of art and culture that Tenerife has to offer.

We have museums and exhibitions for all tastes. Art exhibitions in Santa Cruz, walks through traditional houses in the historic center of La Laguna, the Museum of Science and the Cosmos, the Auditorium of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Pyramids of Güímar…

Most of these museums are open 7 days a week, but some are closed on Sundays or may be closed for vacations or local festivities. If you want to be sure about the schedules, contact us and we will clarify your concerns.

Some of these exhibitions are in the open air, such as the Pyramids of Güímar or the walks through the traditional houses. Check the weather forecast before you go so you can make the most of your visit.

Exhibitions are somewhat quicker to visit than museums. Most museums are designed for you to spend 2 or 3 hours inside, while the exhibits are usually a bit smaller, so they will take up less time.

Almost all museums have paid admission, except on certain specific days. Most of the exhibitions are free of charge. If you are in doubt about whether or not you will have to pay an entrance ticket, please contact us. We are here to help you!

What are the museums in Tenerife?

If you want to know the history and culture in Tenerife visit the Guanche Museum in Icod de Los Vinos. The Guanches were the aborigines who inhabited the islands before the Spanish conquest and, to this day, part of their culture is still preserved in museums and exhibitions. In all the Canary Islands there are, frozen in time, pieces of the prehistory of each island.

For a technological overview, visit the Museum of Science and the Cosmos. Open every day of the week, it will explain all kinds of fun facts about science and how the constants of the universe work. They even offer a projection in the indoor planetarium for you to learn new things about the cosmos.

Did you know that there are mummies in the Museum of Nature and Man? This museum has a large number of exhibits on the archaeological history of the island, its fauna and flora species, as well as a wide variety of ancient and recent discoveries that you will observe through archaeological remains, artifacts and representations of the customs of the Guanches. Don’t miss the impressive and well-preserved mummies!

A wonderful and different museum for being partially outdoors is the one of the Pyramids of Güímar. It has interior exhibits dedicated to the history of these mysterious monuments as well as the fantastic voyages in the name of science of ships such as the RA I and RA II. You will walk through a garden dedicated to poisonous species, an auditorium where documentaries are shown on the various topics covered by the museum, and through a multitude of outdoor areas where you can stroll, see the pyramids, and relax in the sun or shade while you spend the day.

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What about the Cultural exhibition centers in Tenerife?

The exhibitions are smaller and varied but because many of them are constantly changing, we can only confirm their location, so here is a quick round-up of different exhibition centers by location.

At Santa Cruz de Tenerife you have: Espacio Iriarte Galeria, at Avenida Tres de Mayo nº28, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (known as the TEA) at Avenida de San Sebastián nº 8, Centro de Arte la Recova, in Plaza de la Madera, Círculo de Bellas Artes de Tenerife, Agencia de Tránsitos Culturales or ATC (don’t let the name confuse you, it’s an exhibition), Leyendecker Gallery, at Rambla No. 86, El Tanque Cultural Space and Caja Canarias Cultural Space.

If you get around by cab or if you feel like walking, you can see most of these exhibition centers in one day. All the exhibitions they house are unique and constantly changing throughout the year, so if you come more than once to Tenerife do not leave the visit to these complexes aside, surely when you return the exhibitions inside will be totally different.

At La Laguna: La Cámara Espacio Fotográfico, at 71 Juan de Vera Street, Stunt Art Gallery, at 7 Bencomo St., Reginart Art Patio, at 62 Herradores St., Bronzo Art Shop and Gallery, at 19 Núñez de la Peña St., Artizar Art Gallery, at 63 San Agustín St., San Agustín Convent (where else?). The convent has religious exhibits and interior courtyards.

Admission to the exhibitions is usually free, and even in some of them, if you wish, you can buy the different works of art that catch your eye. Taking photos is usually allowed unless a sign or the center’s staff says otherwise.

“Museums are places where time becomes space.”

Lastly …

What did you think of our windows to culture in Tenerife? We hope you liked them. If you wish to obtain tickets for any museum or exhibition, do not hesitate to contact us.

Most of the exhibits mentioned in the previous section open around 9:00 or 10:00am in the morning, close at 1:00pm or 1:30pm and reopen at 5:00pm until 8:00 or 9:00pm. But it is very important to confirm the opening hours!

Some are closed on Saturdays, Sundays or both, others on Mondays or on an alternative day of the week… To find out the opening hours of the exhibitions you wish to visit, do not hesitate to contact us and we will answer any questions you may have.

Remember that some museums have special offers for families and children. Even some places like the Museo de La Ciencia y El Cosmos have a day of the week when admission is free.

And if you are not a fan of enclosed spaces and you dare to try the free tours of the islands you may be interested to know that you have options in multiple municipalities of the island.

Surprise yourself with art and culture in Tenerife on your next vacation!

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