Museums in Tenerife

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Enjoy a fantastic cultural experience; Museums in Tenerife

If you want to dedicate one or more days of your vacation to soak up new knowledge, look no further: Museums in Tenerife are perfect for a change of pace and relaxation while learning interesting things.

Most museums on the island have fairly affordable admission prices, and some, such as the Museo de La Ciencia y El Cosmos are free on Sundays.

Soak up knowledge in the island’s museums.

If you want to learn about the island’s culture and history, there are museums at Tenerife for all tastes, such as the Military Historical Museum of the Canary Islands, the Telesforo Bravo Visitor Center, the Guanche Museum (the Guanches are the aborigines who lived in the Canary Islands before the arrival of the Spaniards), the Casa de los Balcones, in addition to the Museum of Nature and Archeology (MUNA).

If you want to visit an unconventional place, the Pyramids of Güímar offer a perfect window into the past to marvel at the impressive architecture of the pyramids and the legends that surround them.

These museums are open most of the day. They usually have a place where you can have lunch and snacks. In them you can find a great variety of traditional souvenirs, especially in the museums with a Canarian theme.

Some of these sites, such as the Pyramids of Güímar or the Casa de los Balcones, are best enjoyed in sunny weather, but are still a good visit in case of rain.

Visiting museums is usually an activity that will take up a good part of your day. We recommend that you dedicate several hours to each one in order to visit them at your leisure, so if you plan to visit several, think about organizing yourself to visit a maximum of two sites each day or one per day if it is far from your hotel. The museums do not offer free transportation to the facilities, so you will have to use public transportation to get there, rent a car or hire the services of a cab.

See some of the museums in Tenerife

The Museum of Nature and ArchaeologyThe Museum of Natural History: located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, will take you on a tour through the natural history of the islands, showing you artifacts of the aborigines, their way of life, customs and hierarchy before the arrival of the Europeans. They also show you what happened after colonization.

Museum of History and Anthropology of Tenerife
Here you will learn the history of contemporary Canarian culture, from the first years after the settlement of the Spaniards on the island, until later times.

The House of Wine A museum designed to spend the whole day. It will take you through the history of the production of wine, an essential and characteristic product of the islands, as well as through the elaboration during the ages of both the wine and honey. It offers tastings and a restaurant where you can enjoy a nice meal while watching beautiful views of the coast of the de El Sauzal.

Museum of Science and Cosmos: This interesting museum has a multitude of exhibits and simulators for you to have fun finding out what the universe is like, magnetism, electricity…It has a flight simulator, a mirror maze, a projection of the cosmos… You will get a broad view of the mysterious, immovable forces that keep everything stable on Earth.

Telesforo Bravo Visitor Center This visitor center is full of geographic and historical information about the Teide National Park. It also has information on the fauna and flora of the area. It also has the projection of a small film where the legends that the Guanches had about the spirit of Teide and the importance of the volcano in their culture are explained.

  • Different & Quiet

  • Essential

  • Various locations

  • Difficulty Level: Easy

  • Between 1 and 2 hours

  • Moderate (€)

  • Facade of a building in La Orotava – Museums of Tenerife

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  • Muelle del Puerto de la Cruz – Museums of Tenerife

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  • Piramides de Güimar – Cultural and family activity in Tenerife

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  • Military Museum in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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There are still more Museums in Tenerife!

Museo del Pescador: a hidden gem in the coastal area of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It has free admission and offers a great tour through the history of boats and methods of fishing and navigation in Tenerife. You will find an impressive amount of photos and models of all kinds of boats.

Casa del Plátano: A popular product of the islands are the Canary Island bananas. In this house-museum you will learn all kinds of methods of cultivation of bananas, as well as their varieties. As a final touch, you will be able to taste some of these kinds of bananas accompanied by a local wine.

Sacred Treasure of the Conception MuseumIf you want to know the history of the church and its influence on the island, this is your museum. It has a multitude of vestments, instruments used by the clergy and much more! All this you can see in guided tours. There is the option of hiring a tour with breakfast if you want to start your morning of visits in this complex.

IES Cabrera Pinto Museum: Finally, this museum is located inside a public high school. It includes a natural science room, a collection of apparatus used by professors over the years to teach their classes and various exhibits.

“A museum is a spiritual place, people lower their voices when they approach art.”- Mario Botta

Visit amazing museums in Tenerife during your vacation!

Most museums in Tenerife are prepared to accommodate people with reduced mobility, however, if you want to make sure, do not hesitate to ask us.

All of the island’s museums are accessible to the general public and children are even admitted free of charge to several of them. For more information, please contact us. We will be happy to assist you.

You can take pictures in museums, but some will have limitations on the use of flash (depending on what exhibit you are in). Ask the museum staff or look for informational signs around you before taking a flash photo.

We hope our guide has been useful and that you enjoy the museums in Tenerife. If you want to combine your visit to the museum with other family activities, do not miss our section of Family Experiences. On the other hand, if you are looking for something more exciting, read our Adventure guides , and if you want to appreciate the island in all its splendor, take a look at our section on Nature.

Whatever your preference, there are activities for all tastes in Tenerife, so you know… See you on your next vacation!

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