Tenerife museums - Tenerife art galleries

As well as the holiday resorts of Tenerife and the incredible countryside there is a very rich history and an artistic and cultural side to the island. The many museums and galleries are some of the best places to discover a lot more about Tenerife’s past, as well as its thriving arts scene.

The capital city of Santa Cruz, the University City of La Laguna, the northern resort Puerto de la Cruz, and La Orotava, also in Tenerife’s north, are where you will find the main museums and art galleries.

In Santa Cruz’s restored old quarter is the T.E.A. (Tenerife Espacio de las Artes), which is an exhibitions centre, and art gallery.

The Museum of Man and Nature is also in Santa Cruz - Calle Fuente Morales s/n, Santa Cruz. Tel: 922 20 93 20. This is the museum you should attend if you want to find out about the Guanche people, who were the original Canary islanders.

This is the museum to go to also to investigate the flora and fauna of Tenerife and the Canary Islands. There are exhibits and information on the many geologists, naturalists and archaeologists who have come to Tenerife over the years.

Also in Santa Cruz you can visit the Museo de Bellas Artes (Municipal Museum of Fine Arts) - Calle Jose Murphy 12, Santa Cruz. Tel: 922 24 43 58. Opening Times: from Tuesday to Friday, from 10:00am to 20:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 14:00pm, but closed on Mondays.

The Regional Military Museum is in Santa Cruz as well. The details you will need to visit it are as follows: Address - c/San Isidro, 1 (Castillo de Almeida), Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Tel: 922 843 500. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 2pm (free admission).

In Puerto de la Cruz you will find the Museo Arqueologico (Archeological Museum) Calle Lomo 9, Puerto de la Cruz. Tel 922 53 58 16. There is an exhibition of Guanche artefacts on display in this museum.

Not far from Puerto de la Cruz is La Oratava, which offers the Museo de Ceramica on Calle Leon (tel. 922 32 14 47. open 10am to 6pm Mon to Sat, 10am to 2pm on Sun).

In La Oratava as well, can be found the Museo de Artesania Iberoamericana (Iberoamerican Handicrafts Museum) on Calle Tomas Zerolo, Tel: 922 32 17. It is open from 9.30am to 6pm Mon to Fri, and 9.30am to 2pm on Sat.

If you want to find out about the geological and volcanic history of the Canary Islands, including Mt Teide, the two visitors’ centres in the Teide National Park are excellent sources of information.

Although Tenerife is known for its fabulous weather, it does rain on the island at times and a visit to a museum would be a great way to spend your time when it does.