Museo Canario

Canarian Museum

Useful Information

Location: Calle Doctor Verneau 2, Las Palmas.
Open: All year Mon-Fri 10-20, Sat, Sun, Hol 10-14. Closed on 01-JAN, 25-DEC. [2005]
Fee: Adults EUR 3, Children (0-12) free, Students EUR 1.20, Seniors EUR 1.20.
Groups (15+): Adults EUR 1.80.
Classification: SubterraneaCave Replica
Light: electric.
Guided tours:  
Address: Museo Canario, Calle Doctor Verneau, 2. Vegueta, 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Tel: +34-928-336800, Fax: +34-928-336801. E-mail: contact
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1879 founded by a small group of members of the local bourgeoisie lead by Dr. Gregorio Chil y Naranjo.
1880 museum created in the third floor of the City Hall.
1901 Gregorio Chil y Naranjo died and bequeathed his house to the city of Las Palmas.
1930 museum completed and opened in this house.
1962 declared a Historic Artistic Monument.
1984 exhibition restored and updated to its current state.
1987 incorporated into the Spanish Museum System.


The Museo Canario shows the most comprehensive exhibition about the Canarian Islands and the Guanches. Archaeological treasures like mumies, skulls, pottery, and tools from the pre-Hispanic period between 500 B.C. and the 15th century are shown. Several famous sites are explained with artifacts, text, images, and mock-ups.

Very impressive is the model of CaveCueva Pintada. The model has true size and shows the paintings and how people lived in this caves. As the original cave is not open at the moment, this model is the only possibility to see it.