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Canarian Museum

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Address: Calle Doctor Verneau 2, 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, Spain
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Learn about the indigenous inhabitants of the Canaries through the...

Learn about the indigenous inhabitants of the Canaries through the informative and absorbing displays at this museum, which contains several mummified remains and over a thousand skulls.

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If only I spoke Spanish

This museum was packed with the most fascinating collection of artefacts from the ancient Canaries. It even included a great number of the ancient inhabitants themselves! A... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
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Vienna, Austria
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Archeological evidence exists (and lots of skulls and bones) that the Canaries were inhabited long before the European invasion. People lived in caves (there are cave paintings) and in fishing communities. The inhabitants were tall and strong (genetic analysis suggests Cro-Magnon, Alpine Mongoloids, blond Berbers. The Romans definitely visited Canaries, perhaps also the Phoenicans

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Quebec City, Canada
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a student in social anthropology with an interest in physical anthropology I loved this museum. One of my favourite outings in Las Palmas - the fact that is was in Spanish did not bother me - Lesley

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Beautiful museum that teaches you about the life on the canaries before the islands were colonised. There are a lot of items and models on display, and the museum is clean and feels up to date. But If you don't speak Spanish you won't understand anything but what is written in the small leaflet you get at the desk. Anticlimax... More 

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manchester
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

This museum was packed with the most fascinating collection of artefacts from the ancient Canaries. It even included a great number of the ancient inhabitants themselves! A leaflet was provided giving a brief description of each room in English. However, it gave no details of the amazing woven clothes, religious objects and other items. Had it done so I would... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 396 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I think that it could be interesting, but the English interpretation is extremely limited. There are a lot of archaeological bits and pieces, some quite interesting models of the original inhabitants' homes and lives, and a large number of skulls, pelvic bones and mummies. Worth a look, but without a good knowledge of Spanish, it is a bit of a... More 

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Reviewed 25 February 2017

We arrive in time for a tour (in English) that helped us appreciate the ancient history of these islands. If we'd not has this, we wouldn't have got as much from the various displays with almost nothing in English so if you're not able to read Spanish we recommend participating in the tour in english, if available. Our guide was... More 

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Szczecin, Poland
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

Generally I must admit, the museum is quite big and well-kept. But if you're not a spanish speaker, you can skip it. Everything is written in Spanish, so you will not even know what are you looking at, and staff barely speaks english as well.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

We had the wonderful opportunity to have a private tour in this special museum. We arrived just around noon time and were told that a English tour would be starting in a few minutes. We were the only visitors waiting and we discovered we were lucky enough to have a private tour with a lovely young woman who spoke beautiful... More 

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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

an easy find museum with general exhibits from canarias ancient past..personel very polite and happy to explain on questions

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Helsinki
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Canarian Museum located in the Las Palmas old town, just two blocks away from the Cathedral is a definitive place to visit to learn about the original inhabitants of these islands, their history, way of living, skillfully crafted everyday's artefacts and those parts of their culture that has been possible to discover. Discovered artefacts and remains of houses, villages as... More 

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