Tenerife Museums

Things to do in Tenerife

The museums of Tenerife are accessible to all sections of the community regardless of limited mobility or communication. Systems such as video subtitling and audio aids mean that everyone can enjoy the interactive nature of many exhibits. Entrances and exits, and lifts also provide help for those who may need it.

Opening times – Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 pm. to 20:00, Sunday, Monday and holidays from 10:00 to 17:00.  Closed: 24, 25 and 31 December, 1 and 6 January and Carnaval.

Admission Children under 8 years: FREE Residents: 3€ Other visitors: 5€ Do not forget every Friday and Saturday from 16:00 until closing time Admission is free for all without exception.

The Museums of Tenerife offer day and night tours suitable for adults and children. To check what is currently available, click the HERE.

Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes –  Santa Cruz contains fourteen exhibition rooms with works dating from the 16th to 20th century. The outside of the building is decorated with 10 busts of distinguished people from Tenerife, the most outstanding include: Teobaldo Power and Ángel Guimerá. The first objects to be kept and preserved here were the flags won in 1797 battle against Nelson.

San Cristobal Castle Ruins – Plaza de España, Santa Cruz In 2006 during the renovation of Plaza de España the remains of the San Cristóbal Castle were discovered. The exhibition has been developed by the Tenerife Museum of History and Anthropology and contains the historical record of the castle dating from its construction back in 1575 until its demolition in 1928. The centre also explains the defense system that Tenerife had. Open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 8pm. Sundays, Mondays and public holidays 10am to 5pm.

Museum of Science and the Cosmos – La Laguna The concept of this museum is that learning should be fun; play cosmonauts, lift a car with one finger, lose yourself in a hall of mirrors – it attempts to allow visitors to get closer to the phenomenon’s of science.

Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (TEA) Avda. de San Sebastián, Santa Cruz  In this new, cultural building there is the Óscar Domínguez Institute; the Island of Tenerife’s Photographic Centre and part of the island’s library network. This is a truly innovative idea, not only for Tenerife but also for the whole of the Canary Islands, as this cultural infrastructure has no precedent in the Archipelago. It has a definite contemporary vocation and aims to bring together the art generated by new technological changes in our society. Website


Abaco Mansion, Puerto de la Cruz – an authentic location, which has endured through the centuries. Open from Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. website

ARTlandya – St Barbara Nr Icod de los Vinos – Cheeky teddies and charming dolls from all over the world are the habitants of an old and lovingly restored Finca Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm

Regional Military Museum San Isidro 1 Castillo de Almeida From Mon to Sun 10.00 -14.00 free admission

Señorio del Valle Visitors Centre – Santiago del Teide a rural hotel and visitors centre. At the Casa del Patio, a 17th Century mansion, you can visit the permanent exhibition on the “First Centenary of the Eruption of the Chinyero volcano”. You can also see the old Canarian kitchen with its bread oven, the wine-presses of the time and the largest threshing-floor on the island.


La Casa de los Balcones – Comprises of a few buildings in typical Canarian style located at numbers 3, 4 and 6 Calle de San Francisco (La Orotava). It is the most important handicraft complex in the whole of Tenerife.  Website


Casa del Vino – Autopista Gral. del Norte. km 21. Cruce del Sauzal – The “House of Wine” is an old Canarian farm that dates back to the 17th century and is owned by the Tenerife Government in order to promote the quality wines of the island. In the tasting hall you can try wines from the five denominations of the island and later buy them in the traditional gift shop. You can also enjoy a programme of cultural activities such as concerts, conferences, wine tasting courses, exhibitions etc Website


Military Museum – Santa Cruz Housed in a working barracks and proudly displaying a scale model of the Nelson vs Tenerife affair alongside enough military exhibits.

History Museum – Granadilla Exhibits include a macabre diorama with Guanche mummy. The museum is not much bigger than a doll’s house, with the headroom to match.

Masca Museum – Masca Rudimentary tools, utilities and living conditions in a remote rural settlement.

El Portillo Visitor Centre – Teide National Park Violent eruptions on film and interactive displays that explain how the whole volcano thing works; all set within a mock volcanic tube.

Pyramids of Güímar – Güímar From Columbus to Thor Heyerdahl, the fascination of exploration and discovery is beautifully presented. Join the “are they or aren’t they” debate about the origins of the pyramids.

Ethnographic Park, Pinolere is a cultural and educational project unique in the Canary Islands which offer numerous activities such as agriculture, trails and ancient crafts that enhance and preserve popular culture in the Orotava Valley.

2 Responses to Tenerife Museums

  1. Margaret Gee says:

    Hi, I am trying to remember something you once shared about an exhibition of Fans – can you help me as I have a visitor here this week who is an avid fan collector and would like to find the exhibition for her!

    Thank you.

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