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Puerto de la Cruz Los Realejos Icod de los Vinos Garachico
El Sauzal La Laguna Santa Cruz Güímar
La Orotava In Orotava you will note especially the many beautiful places with old trees, that are everywhere in the city center.
Much more information of the ´Ayuntamiento de la Orotava´ (Spanish)
Tourist information office: 922 323 041

Museum ´la Casa de los Balcones´ Museum ´la Casa de los Balcones´

Museum ´la Casa de los Balcones´

Address: C/ San Francisco Nº 3
Telephone: 922 330 629
Timetable: Monday till Saturday from 08:30 till 19:30. Sunday 08:30 till 13:30
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The House of the Balconies has an authentic old canary wine press (lagar), that is located in the cosy patio at the end of the museum. First you will be immersed though in a house of the XVII century, breathing the atmosphere of that time. You can stroll through the long halls, dining room, dormitory and kitchen and admire the testimony of the colonial influence. You will find in its interior the uses and customs of the authentic canary tradition.

Museo de Artesanía Iberoamericana Museo de Artesanía Iberoamericana
Museo de Artesanía Iberoamericana

Museo de Artesanía Iberoamericana

C/. Tomás Zerolo nº 34
Admission: about 2 euro/Person
This museum is located in the old convent of San Benito Abbot. It was constructed in the XVII century and was run by the Dominicans until 1835. After an intensive restoration, this building constitutes together with the temple of Santo Domingo and the houses of Mesa and Torrehermosa a beautiful architectonic set. It shows an important collection of crafts coming from different institutions: Spanish and South American ceramics, exemplary of carved and blowing glass, textile works etc.

Casa Torrehermosa Casa Torrehermosa

Casa Torrehermosa

Address: Tomás Zerolo 27
Admission free
This house is located within the area of historical interest of la Orotava and in front of the Convent of Santo Domingo. It owes its name to the marques of Torrehermosa and is also known as ´Casa Mesa´. At the present time it hosts the ´Empresa Insular de Artesanía S.A.´ It possesses the best exhibition of crafts of the Canary Islands with more than 1,500 different articles. Also craft works of present design can be contemplated. A fabrication shop exists in which usually craftsmen work, who offer explanations to the public interested in knowing the characteristics of each work.

Museo de Cerámica ´Casa Tafuriaste´ Casa Tafuriaste

Ceramics museum "Casa Tafuriaste"

Calle León nº 3
Admission: about 2 euro/Person
Telephone: 922 321 447
Timetable from 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday from 10:00 - 14:00

This house was constructed at the beginning of the XVII century and lodges a collection of almost a thousand pieces of pottery that have been used in the domestic environment. The collection is one of most complete that exists in Spain and contains pieces representative of all communities.
Activities: pottery manufacturing where the whole process can be followed live.

Museum El Pueblo Guanche Museum el Pueblo Guanche

Museum "El Pueblo Guanche"

Calle Carrera del Escultor Estévez 17

Unfortunately for museums fans this museum, that was located in one of the oldest houses of la Orotava, has been turned at the end of 2003 in a rural hotel.
A store with traditional Canary articles and a patio restaurant are still present.

Etnographic Museum of Pinolere. Etnographic Museum of Pinolere.

Etnographic Museum of Pinolere.

Admission: about 2 euro/Person
Telephone: 922 336 733
Timetable: Tuesday till Sunday from 10:00 till 14:00

The museum is in the district of Pinolere, above la Orotava, and is located in the area that houses every summer the Fair of Crafts of this district. The exposition shows different aspects of the architectonic, environmental, agricultural and socio-cultural landscape of the midlands of the Valley of la Orotava. It is divided in two thematic areas: the museum of canary basketwork "D. Juan González Fariña" and the museum of the history of Pinolere "D. Francisco Luis Acosta". The visitor is invited to ramble through the historical account of this agricultural surroundings of the midlands : the archaeological set "Cuevas de los Guanches", its territory, the economic resources, the celebrations and its traditions, the labor occupations of its habitants, the traditional habitat... the present and future of this community.

Puerto de la Cruz

Much more information of the ´Ayuntamiento´
Tourist Information Office: 922 386 000

Archaeological Museum of Puerto De La Cruz Archaeological Museum of Puerto De La Cruz

Archaeological Museum of Puerto De La Cruz

The museum, located in a house of the XIX century, has an interesting collection of native ceramics and other utensils, remains of mummificated Guanches, maps of the XVII century, collections of butterflies, arms, woods of Canary forests etc. Good part of these come from private donations. The museum was created in 1990 with the collaboration of the Institute of Hispanic Studies of the Canary Islands, with seat in this city, and to lodge the remains of the former ´Sala de Arqueología Canaria "Luis Diego Cuscoy"´.

Los Realejos

Castillo Parque museum Castillo Parque-museum

Castillo Parque-museum

Carretera General No 1
Telephone: 922 340 327

At the moment (March 2004) the museum is closed by reforms.

Icod de los Vinos

Museo de Arte Sacro de la Parroquia de San Marcos Museo de Arte Sacro de la Parroquia de San Marcos

Museo de Arte Sacro de la Parroquia de San Marcos

Plaza de Andrés Lorenzo Cáceres
Telephone: 922 810 695
Timetable: Monday till Saturday from 09:30 till 18:30

The parish church of San Marcos, built at the end of the XVII century, lodges an interesting museum in which numerous sacred objects are exposed, as the custodia of Sopranis, made in jewellery in the XVIII century; dalmatics embroidered in gold and the famous silver filigree cross - the largest of the world -, coming from the fabrication shop of Espellos of Havana (Cuba). According to old legends, the aboriginal Guanches came here to worship a small Gothic-Flemish statue which had mysteriously appeared in a cave at the beach of San Marcos long before the introduction of Christianity.

museum Emeterio Gutiérrez Albelo (Historia) museum Emeterio Gutiérrez Albelo

Museum ´Emeterio Gutiérrez Albelo´

C/ San Francisco 19
Telephone: 922 815 625
Timetable: Monday a Friday de 10:00 a 13:00 y de 15:00 a 18:00
Saturday de 10:00 a 13:30
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The museum is located in a traditional house of two floors. The first floor lodges samples of artisan production of the region, a museum of natural sciences and a Christmas crib inspired on the Icod of the XIX century. The top floor is dedicated exclusively to the poet from Icod with biographical and bibliographical data.

Garachico

Exconvento de San Francisco Exconvento de San Francisco

Casa de la Cultura / Municipal museum of Natural Sciences

Both institutions in the dependencies of the former Convent of San Francisco have two temporary exhibitions and a permanent exhibition of historical-photographic material of the port of Garachico during the XVI and XVII century. In one of the dependencies the Municipal Museum of Sciences is located (Filial of the Insular Museum of Sciences) that exhibits different species of marine fauna of the Archipelago and other littorals.

Convento de Santo Domingo de Guzmán Convento de Santo Domingo de Guzmán

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

Plaza de Santo Domingo
The museum is located in the old convent of Santo Domingo de Guzmán (XVI century).
It exhibits sculpture, paintings, photographs and works of the artists who participated in the First Biennial of Plastic Arts (1989) of the Faculties of Fine Arts of all Spain and summoned by the University of la Laguna.

El Sauzal

Museo de La Casa del Vino ´La Baranda´ Museo de La Casa del Vino "La Baranda"

Museo de La Casa del Vino "La Baranda"

Admission free
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The ´casona´ ´La Baranda´, of the seventeenth-century, is a good example of canary rural architecture. The ´Cabildo´ of Tenerife has turned it into Tenerife's wine museum (Casa museum Insular de la Vid y el Vino). The museum shows us the history of Tenerife wines and the importance and present of the insular wine-cultivating sector.
In the ´Sala de Degustación´ (tasting room) the visitor can try for a moderate price a total of 10 wines. All five denominations of origin of the island of Tenerife are represented in white, rosé and red, accompanied by exquisite cheeses of the island. There's also a good restaurant on site, the Tasca, offering Canarian food and, of course, wine at moderate prices.

Casa de la Miel Casa de la Miel

la Casa de la Miel

Admission free
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The House of Honey (Casa de la Miel de Tenerife), created by the ´Cabildo´ of Tenerife in 1996, is located in the superior corner of the ´Finca La Baranda´, where also the House of Wine is located. It is a centre oriented to improve the quality of the honeys of the island. It offers training and services of extraction, wax analysis, packaging, quality control, recovery and wax lamination, as well as technical and sanitary assessment to beekeepers. One is aware that bees play an important role in conserving the floral and the agricultural richness of the island.

La Laguna

Museo de Antropología de Tenerife Museo de Antropología de Tenerife

Museo de Antropología de Tenerife

38270 Valle de Guerra
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After a prolonged closure for renovation and refurbishment one of Tenerife's most picturesque museums reopened again in may 2004. The museum is located in a grand old eighteenth century mansion, set within attractive gardens, also known as "Casa de Carta" and dedicates itself to popular culture. It occupies an area of some 21,000 square metres and counts with fourteen exhibition halls, galleries and other spaces to show the sections that form traditional rural and domestic life. The tranquil museum celebrates Canary crafts, customs, agriculture and traditions. Visitors can see how poor and rich people lived and farmed, what they wore - the collection of costumes on display is first-class - and what their furniture was like. There are samples of ceramics of all the islands, farming equipment, textiles, looms and kitchens, pottery, basketry and musical instruments.

Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos

Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos

C/ Vía Láctea s/n
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The primary goal of this museum is to show the visitor the fascinating world of science and cosmos in a simple and entertaining way. From its start in 1993, nearly 100 interactive experiments were created. Everyday numerous activities take place, like film projections, astronomical observations, laboratory demonstrations, etc. Through a series of experiments the visitor can gain insight in the following subjects: "the sun", "the earth", "the universe", "the human body" and "How does it work?". In addition there is a planetarium.

Museo de Historia de Tenerife (Casa Lercaro) Museo de Historia de Tenerife

Museo de Historia de Tenerife

C/ San Agustín nº 22
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This museum has an ample selection of objects that make reference to the history of Tenerife, from the conquest of the island to the present time. The museum is installed in a building of the end of the XVI century known as the ´la Casa Lercaro´, old residence of a family of Italian traders.

Casa Museo Ossuna Casa Museo Ossuna

Casa Museo Ossuna

C/ Juan de Vera nº 4
It is a house of three floors of the XVII century. The main hall contains the furniture and personal objects of the Ossuna family, donated to the City council of la Laguna and a kitchen with elements similar to those of the time of its construction. The building serves as archive and seat of the ´Instituto de Estudios Canarios´ (Institute of Canary Studies).

Santa cruz

Museum of Man and Nature Museum of Man and Nature

Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre

(Museum of Man and Nature)
Calle Fuente Morales s/n
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This museum introduces its visitors into the natural and cultural patrimony of the islands and in the fields of Biology, Archaeology, Paleontology and Paleopathology. These labors are developed in three institutes:
Museo Arqueológico (Archaeological museum)
Their collections divide in skeletized and mummificated rests and collections of different geographic scopes: Pre-Columbian archaeology, African Ethnography, Ceramic Berber and the old Spanish Sahara.
Museo de Ciencias Naturales (Museum of Natural Sciences)
Is a center dedicated to the investigation, conservation and spreading of the flora and fauna (both present and fossil) of the Canary Islands and Macronesia (the Azores, the Madeira Archipelago, the Salvage Islands, the Canary Islands and the Cape Verde Islands) in general.
Instituto Canario de Bioantropología (Canary institute of Bio anthropology)
Its mission is the investigation, the diffusion and the education of the Bio anthropology, the Paleopathology and the forensic Anthropology being based on the study of the canary population from the pre-Hispanic stage to the present time.
Exhibitions
The museum of Nature and Man develops, throughout its exhibitions, two great thematic fields. On one hand, the field of Archaeology approaches the origin and form of life of the Hispanic populations of the Canary Islands. By another one, the field of Natural Sciences shows the insular biodiversity.

Museo Municipal De Bellas Artes Museo Municipal De Bellas Artes

Museo Municipal De Bellas Artes

(Municipal Museum of fine Arts)
C/ José Murphy 12 (Plaza del Príncipe)
The museum has fourteen exhibition rooms with interesting paintings, furniture and pieces of armoury. An ample painting collection is exhibited, in which Canary artists are represented. In addition there are both religious and profane Flemish paintings of the XVII century, paintings of history, regionalism and vanguard of the XIX century and paintings and sculpture of the XX century.

Museo Militar Regional De Canarias Museo Militar Regional De Canarias

Museo Militar Regional De Canarias

C/ San Isidro nº 1 (Castillo de Almeida)
The museum is located in the old fortress of Almeyda which construction was started in 1859. The objects are dedicated fundamentally to the military history of the islands: flags, personal objects, arms, with emphasize of the ´Cañón Tigre´ and scale models of the city of Santa Cruz at the end of the XVIII century. A permanent exhibition is present about the evolution of the city from its foundation to the present time and with perspective of extension with San Cristóbal de la Laguna, Puerto de la Cruz and Garachico.

Güímar

Pirámides de Güímar Pirámides de Güímar

Pirámides de Güímar, Casa Chacona

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The museum is in the first floor of an old Canary house adapted to its new use. The exhibitions in the different rooms show reproductions of cultural parallelisms between the Old and New World leaving some questions open. In this way step-pyramids are presented of different parts of the world, as well as models of ancient boats, constructive details of the pyramids of Güímar and information about the excavations carried out in them.

The entrance fees for all the museums of the OAMC (´Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre´ (Museum of Nature and Man), ´Museo de Historia de Tenerife´ (Museum of the History of Tenerife), ´Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos´ (Museum of Science and Cosmos) and ´Museo de Antropología de Tenerife´ (Museum of Anthropology of Tenerife)) are as follows:

- Normal fee: 3 euros
- Reduced fee: 1,50 euros (retired persons and students)
- Free: Minors until 8 years
- Tourist groups: 1,80 euros (12 or more visitors + free guide)
- Sundays: Free entrance to all the public
- When paying with the TITSA Bonobús card: 1,50 euros

The price of other services:
- Planetary of the Museum of Science and Cosmos: 1 euro
- Audio guide of the Museum of Nature and Man: 3 euros (English, German and Spanish)

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