Gran Canaria offers the chance to know its history and culture through its museums. The opportunity to explore the island and discover new spots other than its amazing beaches. A different, cultural oriented plan for young and old people, thanks to the numerous museums at your disposition.
The Canarian Museum is located in the Vegueta neighborhood, in Palmas de Gran Canaria. Through its permanent exhibition and its 11 rooms, you will get a glimpse of the life of the inhabitants before the Castilian conquest, in the 15th century. You will discover their settlements, economic activities, natural resources, culture and religion. You will also find a temporal exhibition room. This museum, thanks to its archeological, documental and library collections is a referent for researchers.
Doctor Verneau, 2, Vegueta
35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
928 336 800
Mondays to Fridays from 10:00 to 20:00 h.
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 to 14:00 h.
Closed the 1st of January and 25th of December
In Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the well-known neighborhood of Vegueta, you will find La Casa de ColónCasa de Colón. This building emerges from the union of several housings from the XVIII, XIX and XXth centuries. A big landmark of the island, it was in fact at one point the house of the governor and it is said that the very Cristobal Colón (Christopher Columbus) visited it during its first voyage to America in 1492, hence its name. Through its 13 rooms you will discover the architecture, painting, cartography, navigation instruments, nautical charts and many other documents exemplifying the relation of Gran Canaria with America.
C/ Colón, 1
35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
928 312 373
Mondays to Saturdays from 10:00 to 18:00 h.
Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 to 15:00 h.
Closed the 1st and 6th of January, 1st of May and 24th, 25th and 31st of December
If you like architecture, the Cueva Pintada museum and archaeological park is a must visit. Here you will find one of the most emblematic archaeological sites of the island. The Cueva Pintada, discovered more than a century ago, is an artificial cave excavated in the volcanic limestone and its interior is full of cave art. After 24 years of archaeological excavations, an impressive settlement was found around it, with a total of 60 stone dwellings. A unique and special opportunity to discover this island.
C/ Audiencia, 2
928 89 54 89
October to May
Tuesdays to Sundays: from 10:00 to 18:00 h.
Sundays and public holidays: from 11:00 to 18:00 h.
June to September
Tuesdays to Sundays: from 10:30 to 19:30 h.
Sundays and public holidays: from 11:00 to 19:00 h.
Closed all Mondays and 1st, 5th, and 6th of January, 1st of May and 24th, 25th and 31st of December
The Elder Science and Technology Museum is another one of the many charms of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Found in the district of Las Canteras, it stands out by its interactive and didactic nature, hence its motto “Forbidden not to touch”. Its 4.500 m2 hosts different exhibitions, some of them temporal, and a screening room with a big format cinema screen. The ideal space to enter the world of science and technology. Young ones will enjoy the museum, with its workshops and special activities, conceived for them.
Parque Santa Catalina, s/n,
35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
828 011 828
Tuesdays to Sundays from 10h to 20 h.
Closed on Mondays
The renowned writer Benito Pérez Galdós is one of the distinguished figures of the island. The house he lived in until 1862 is now a museum exemplifying the canarian domestic architecture of the XIXth century. The Pérez Galdós House Museum opened its doors in 1964, a three floors building located in the neighborhood of Triana built around two central patios. The different rooms are an example of a domestic and homely environment with works of art, photographs, furniture, decorations, musical instruments, etc. Within the house you will find the Galdosian Studies Center, which hosts the writer’s documents and bibliographic collection, different rooms with temporal exhibitions and spaces dedicated to conferences and reunions.
C/ Cano, 6
35002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
928 36 69 76
Tuesdays to Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 to 18:00 h.
Closed all Mondays and on the following days: 1st and 6th of January, Mardi-Gras, the 1st of May and the 24th, 25th and 31st of December
Tomás Morales is another prominent figure of the island. This famous poet, born in 1884, was a scholar of Modernism that drove forward the Spanish contemporary poetry thanks to his volume “The Roses of Hercules”. The museum can be found in the town of Moya, in his family home, where you will take a tour of the poet’s life through the different rooms and learn about not only his literary work but also about his most human and personal side. You will gain knowledge about the historical and literary context in which he developed his activity and how the island influenced his work.
Plaza de Tomás Morales s/n.
Tuesdays to Sundays (public holidays included), from 10:00 to 18:00 hours. July, August and September until 19:00. Closed on Mondays and the 1st and 6th of January, 1st of May and 24th, 25th and 31st of December.
A trip through history, culture, architecture, literature, poetry, science and technology. Where do you want to start?
Photos: Patronato de Turismo de Gran Canaria.