Canario Museum, Las Palmas
Museo Canario (Canario Museum)
Calle Dr. Verneau 2
Tel: 928 336 800
The Canario Museum was founded in 1879 in Las Palmas by a small group of the local bourgeoisie and is very important to the Canary Islands as it houses the largest collection on the Canary Islands, of Guanche artefacts that date back as far as 500BC and therefore pre date the Spanish Invasion and subsequent conquest. The artefacts housed at the Canario Museum have an incredible date span, from 500BC to the 15th century, so in terms of really getting to know Gran Canaria the Canario Museum is an un-missable museum.
Doctor Gregorio Chil y Naranjo was head and owner of the Canario Museum which is a private initiative. His aim was to preserve, research and exhibit all the archaeological and documentary collections that the Canario Museum cares for. It was Doctor Gregorio Chil y Naranjo that left the building and all the scientific documents to the private foundation now managing the Canario Museum, as part of his legacy.
Over a tour of the 11 rooms inside the Canario Museum you will discover, as a part of the permanent exhibition on display, a real diversity of artefacts which includes, Statuettes of Guanche gods, ancient jewellery, examples of Guanche pottery, tools, mummies, even skeletons, all of which relate to and depict the ancient life of the Guanches (the indigenous, aboriginal people of the Canary Islands). If you want to know more about the ancient Guanche people of Gran Canaria, then a visit to the Canario Museum will be extremely useful to you.
Also on offer to the general public, the Canario Museum has scale models of ancient Guanche cave dwellings and even a replica of the Cueva Pintada which can be seen at Galdár. The Canario Museum has an extensive library, a comprehensive periodicals library and an archive that deals specifically with matters pertaining to the Canary Islands and Gran Canaria. All the services offered by the Canario Museum, are open and available to researchers, students and the general public.