Culture in Tenerife

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

Get to know the Art and Culture of Tenerife

If you want to see and experience the culture in Tenerife during your holidays, 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 stay or nearby, although it is true that places like Santa Cruz de Tenerife or La Laguna have the highest volume of these centres.

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

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, Las Pirámides de Güímar …

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

Some of these exhibitions are outdoors like in the Pyramids of Güímar or walks through traditional houses. Check the weather forecast before you go so you can get the most out of your visit.

Exhibitions are somewhat faster to visit than museums. Most of the museums are designed for you to spend 2 or 3 hours inside, while the exhibitions are usually somewhat smaller, so they will take less time.

Virtually all museums have paid entry, except on certain specific days. Many of the exhibitions are free. If you have doubts about whether or not you will have to pay an entrance ticket, 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, stop by the Guanche Museum in Icod de Los Vinos. The Guanches were the aborigines who inhabited the islands before the conquest of the Spanish and, to this day, part of their culture is still preserved in museums and exhibitions. In all the Canaries there are frozen in time pieces of the prehistory of each island.

For a technological vision, visit the Museum of Science and The Cosmos. Open every day of the week, it will explain all kinds of curious facts about science and how the constants of the universe work. They even offer a projection on the inner 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 exhibitions on the archaeological history of the island, its species of fauna and flora, 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 open-air is one of the Güímar Pyramids. It has interior exhibitions dedicated to the history of these mysterious monuments as well as fantastic voyages in the name of ship science like the RA I and RA II. You will walk through a garden dedicated to poisonous species, an auditorium in which documentary projections are made on the different topics dealt with by the museum and through multiple outdoor areas where you can stroll, see the pyramids, and relax in the sun or the shadow as you spend the day.

What about the Cultural exhibition centers in Tenerife?

The exhibitions are smaller and more diverse but since many of them are constantly changing, we can only confirm their location, so here you have a lightning round of different exhibition centers per location.

In Santa Cruz de Tenerife you have: Espacio Iriarte Galeria, on Avenida Tres de Mayo nº28, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (known as the TEA) on Avenida de San Sebastián nº8, Centro de Arte la Recova, in Plaza de la Madera, Tenerife Fine Arts Circle, Cultural Transit Agency or ATC (don’t be mistaken by the name, it is an exhibition), Leyendecker Gallery, on Rambla nº86, El Tanque Cultural Space and Caja Canarias Cultural Space.

If you taker a taxi or feel like walking, you can see many of these exhibition centers in one day. All the exhibits are unique and change constantly throughout the year, so if you come to Tenerife more than once, do not leave your visit to these complexes aside, surely when you return the exhibitions will be totally different.

In La Laguna: The Camera Photographic Space, at calle Juan de Vera nº71, Art Gallery Stunt, at calle Bencomo nº7, Patio de Arte Reginart, at Calle Herradores nº62, Tienda y Sala de Arte Bronzo, at calle Núñez de la Peña nº19 , Artizar Art Gallery, at Calle San Agustín 63, Convento San Agustín (at Calle San Agustín, where else?). The convent has religious exhibitions and interior courtyards.

The entrance to the exhibitions is usually free, and even in some of them, if you wish, you can buy different works of art that caught your attention. Taking photos is usually allowed unless a sign or center staff says otherwise.

Museums are places where time becomes space.

Lastly …

What do you think of our suggestions about the culture in Tenerife? We hope you liked them. If you want to get tickets for any museum or exhibition, do not hesitate to contact us.

Most of the exhibitions mentioned in the previous section open around 9:00 or 10:00 a.m., close at 1:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to reopen at 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. Although it is better to check opening hours before going!

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

Remember that some museums have special offers for families and children. Some places like the Museum of Science and The Cosmos even have a day of the week in which the entrance is free.

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