In Gran Canaria, you can enjoy all kinds of cultural and recreational activities, in addition to sunbathing on its wonderful beaches.
One of these activities is visiting the museums of Gran Canaria that stand out for their great variety and in which those destined to preserve the history and culture of the peoples that inhabited the island have a prominent place.
If you have decided to spend your holidays on this island, we give you a list of the ten best museums that you can visit in Gran Canaria.
They are part of a Network of Museums where you can appreciate, from ancient aboriginal ceramics to interesting works of contemporary art.
The Network of Museums in Gran Canaria is a set of cultural centers, museums, foundations and colonial houses that preserve the intangible heritage of the island. They display works of different styles that are part of the different cultures that passed through the archipelago.
One of the peculiarities of Gran Canaria is that, for centuries, it has been a place of passage for travelers from different parts of the world. This is how their culture has developed, captivating visitors who have the opportunity to spend their holidays on the island and appreciate what museums show them.
At the official Tourism site, you can find a wide list of museums in Gran Canaria to visit on the island.
Do not forget to include them in your itinerary. From there we have selected the most recommended one’s for you in case you want to know their cultural history in depth, take note:
The Museo Canario is one of the most emblematic museums in Gran Canaria. It emerged during the 19th century to promote the scientific and cultural development of the island.
Among its public exhibitions are geological collections, exhibitions of works of art and samples of pre-Hispanic remains. They also make documentary screenings on the island and guided tours for groups of students and tourists.
Another of the best museums in Gran Canaria that you must visit is the Casa de Colón, whose headquarters was built at the end of the 15th century and is linked to the visit of Colón as a stopover point on your journey to the New World.
Within its facilities you can participate in talks, free courses, film shows, concerts and temporary contemporary art exhibitions. Also, it includes a didactic program to bring children closer to the cultural history of Gran Canaria and is a meeting point for knowledge lovers.
In addition to Aboriginal and European culture, Gran Canaria also received African influences given its proximity to the mainland. This is how Casa Africa emerged with the purpose of improving Spanish-African relations through educational and cultural activities.
This museum and archaeological park arose after the discovery of an ancient mural made by the island’s ancient inhabitants in a grotto.
This sparked interest in preserving them, creating this museum where conservation and dissemination activities of the pre-Hispanic cultures that emerged on the island are carried out.
For lovers of science and the contribution it has made to the world throughout history, we recommend the Elder Museum of Science and Technology.
It is one of the few museums in Gran Canaria that deals with this theme and that includes recreational spaces for children interested in getting closer to the scientific world.
Néstor Álamo was a prominent musician on the island who was born in 1906. His residence dates from the 17th century and perfectly reflects what the traditional Canarian homes located in the center of Santa María de Guía.
This is how this museum is entirely dedicated to the musician and his social environment.
This museum preserves the legacy of Fernando and Juan León y Castillo, outstanding personalities of the island. It is also one of the museums in Gran Canaria that focuses on research and dissemination of contemporary history through courses, conferences, and seminars.
One of the museums in Gran Canaria dedicated to a prominent figure of local culture that we recommend you visit is the Pérez Galdós House Museum.
Inside this museum, you can find samples of furniture, photographs, everyday objects and other personal belongings of Pérez Galdós, making it a perfect recreation of the domestic and family environments of the famous writer.
Another of the museums in Gran Canaria focused on preserving culture is the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art. In it, you will be able to appreciate the exhibits of religious objects and sculptures dating from the 16th and 19th centuries, as well as furniture pieces of great historical value.
This art center has as its mission the exhibition and dissemination of the works of the painter Antonio Padrón who tried to reflect the unique nature of Gran Canaria.
Popularly known as CAAM, The Atlantic Center for Modern Art is the main museum of contemporary art in the Canary Islands.
Its permanent collection features representative works of the most outstanding Canarian artists, as well as pieces by international painters and sculptors. Also noteworthy is its program of temporary exhibitions and a schedule of cultural activities.
Built in the 15th century, the Castillo de la Luz fortification is the oldest in the Canary Islands and has been declared a Site of Cultural Interest.
Since 2015 it houses inside the Martín Chirino Art and Thought Foundation, one of the most famous sculptors in Gran Canaria who, along with artists of the stature of Antonio Saura, belonged to the artistic movement of “El Paso”.
We hope you liked this information about the museums in Gran Canaria and can include some of them in your itinerary. If you want to book your accommodation in one of our hotels, do not hesitate to contact us.