This scientific and cultural institution was founded in 1879 as a place where archaeological and ethnographical collections and materials, as well as artistic creations, are preserved, studied and exhibited. The museum also has a library and archive that specialize in all matters relating to the Canaries. Right from its creation, the museum was conceived as a society that would promote the development of the sciences, the humanities and the arts, placing special emphasis on matters that are linked to the Canaries. At the outset, the museum contained only the collections and objects that were donated by Dr. Chil, as well as the other founders and friends of the society, but these were supplemented in two ways: firstly, through archaeological excursions and, secondly, through the acceptance of donations and the acquisition of objects.
From 1944, the museum was incorporated into the High Council of Scientific Research and from 1984 it modernised and specialized its contents, focusing mainly on archaeological resources that relate to the pre-Hispanic cultures of the Canary Islands. The collections, as well as the archaeological, library and documentary resources of the museum, constitute an obligatory point of reference for all those who research and study the culture of the Canary Islands, as well as anybody who may be curious about any aspect of Canarian culture. It is justifiably the biggest specialist centre in the archipelago.
Permanent exhibitions: This exhibition provides an overview of the way of life of the Canaries, the early inhabitants of Gran Canaria, before the European conquest and colonisation of the 15th century. The cave habitats, the exploitation of natural resources, idols and “pintaderas” (clay seals), fabrics, mummification and trephinations are some of the aspects of this culture that are shown to visitors to the museum.
Temporary exhibitions: These exhibitions relate to specific themes in accordance with the various subjects of specialization.Patronato de Turismo
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