(Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain)
Lanzarote offers a surprising number of museums, many of which celebrate the history of the island and its spectacular shoreline. One of the most notable facilities, the Canary Cetacean Museum (MCC) is a major research centre specialising in dolphins and whales, and worthy of a visit.
Other popular exhibition spaces in Lanzarote include the Ethnographic Museum Tanit - which features exhibits and information about the island's earlier inhabitants, and the Museum of Canarian Emigrants at Santa Barbara Castle - housed in a breathtaking 16th-century fortress.
Canary Cetacean Museum (MCC)
Address: Ed. Antiguo Varadero, 1 Planta, Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
Tel: +34 928 84 95 60
One of Europe's most important dolphin and whale research centres, Lanzarote's Canary Cetacean Museum (MCC) is home to an enormous collection of information about marine life. With many scale models, huge skeletons, diagrams and interactive exhibits, the museum also features guided tours, an audiovisual area, a gift shop and four main exhibition galleries, which are dedicated to different aspects of ocean life and conservation around the Canary Islands.
Open hours: daily - 11:00 to 19:00; winter - 10:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge, discounts for seniors, children under seven free
Ethnographic Museum Tanit
Address: Calle Constitución, 1, San Bartolomé, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
Tel: +34 928 52 23 34
The Ethnographic Museum Tanit is full of historic treasures and local finds, many of which date back to the early Lanzarote inhabitants, which were known as the 'Majos'. Numerous items are on exhibit, including antique furniture, early household items and equipment, fossils, ceramics, paintings and sculptures. Set in a grand 18th-century house in the San Bartolomé area, the museum was founded in 2000 and also features a gift shop, library area, a wine cellar and a landscaped garden.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 14:00
Casa / Museo Del Capmesino
Address: San Bartolomé, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
Tel: +34 928 52 01 36
The Casa Museum of Lanzarote can be found in the San Bartolomé area, in a particularly noteworthy old farmhouse building. Home to many important local and rural artefacts, including tools and utensils once used by the peasant farmers who worked the island's land, the museum celebrates the rich heritage of Lanzarote, with demonstrations, workshops and a period recreation of a past kitchen. There is also a popular restaurant here, together with a Tapas bar, gift shops and the nearby Monument to the Farmer (Monumento al Campesino), a striking modern sculpture.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 18:00
El Grifo Wine Museum
Address: El Islote, 121, San Bartolomé, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
Tel: +34 928 52 49 51
Housed in a particularly historic building which dates back to the late 18th century, the El Grifo Wine Museum stands in the San Bartolomé area of Lanzarote. Full of antique winemaking equipment and more modern paraphernalia, the museum offers a real insight into wineries and is situated next to a working vineyard. Wine tasting courses are available at the moment, together with a comprehensive selection of local wines.
Open hours: daily - 10:30 to 18:00
Museum of Canarian Emigrants at Santa Barbara Castle
Address: Castillo de Guanapay, Montana de Guanapay, Teguise, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
Tel: +34 928 84 50 01
Santa Barbara Castle stands in an elevated position, with impressive views across the Teguise area of Lanzarote. Dating back to the 16th century, this grand castle was built as an important watchtower and is now home to the comprehensive Museum of Canarian Emigrants. Specializing in the history of the Canarian emigration to the USA, the museum contains many important local artefacts, photographs and documents.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 16:00; winter, daily - 10:00 to 17:00