The Archaeological Museum of Puerto de la Cruz is right in the city centre, in one of its most popular neighbourhoods – the Barrio de La Ranilla.
The museum is based in a building with great artistic and historical value, which serves as an example of Canarian bourgeois architecture from the 18th-19th centuries. The building has two floors which surround a central patio. The ground floor covers around 1,000m2 and holds the museum’s various exhibition rooms.
The Archaeological Museum showcases the art and culture of the Guanche people, who inhabited Tenerife before the European conquest.
The highlights of the museum include the vast collection of ceramic vases, which explores the production process of Guanche ceramics in detail, from the collection of the primary materials to its moulding and compression. It is known that the Guanche people made their own containers, decorations, and even necklaces.
The Museum also explores the way that this prehistoric people used their creation and their symbolism.
Opening hours and prices
- Entry: €2
- Open Monday to Friday.
- Morning opening: 9am – 3pm
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