When it comes to holidaying in a foreign country, museum tours are a common attraction, and many offer historical insights that you wouldn’t usually find back home. Tenerife is the most popular tourist destination in the Canary Islands, and millions of people flock to its sun-kissed shores to experience the amazing weather, Mediterranean lifestyle and exquisite food. Over five million people travel to Tenerife on holiday each summer, making it one of the most popular destinations in all of Spain. Furthermore, the island is currently trying to gain the status of World Heritage, meaning there’s an even bigger incentive for tourists to book at ticket.
January in Tenerife doesn’t provide the greatest of weather conditions, and on occasion it does tend to rain. Thankfully, the island’s museums are more than capable of providing an entire day’s entertainment for next to nothing, and if you’re holidaying with your children, it’s a great way to educate them too! Let’s take a look at some of the best museums on the beautiful island of Tenerife.
The Tenerife Military Museum
Although this fantastic museum is only open for four hours every day, this is more than enough time to see, touch and smell many of Spain’s historical war arsenals. Admission is completely free, and the museum is located in a working barracks, meaning you might get to see real Spanish solders walking around! Not only can you find full-scale models of armoured cars, weapons and uniforms, but educational videos will also rein act vital victories by Spanish forces all over the world.
Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, or the TEA museum, can be found in the beautiful town of Santa Cruise towards the north of the island. As an art museum, TEA offers some of the most exciting exhibitions and beautiful creations from artists all over the island, as well as many pieces from the mainland. Built and maintained by local artists, TEA is one of the best museums to visit on the island, not only because it has a fantastic restaurant inside, but because local artists give up their time to teach tourists various artistic techniques, like drawing and painting! Admission is five euros.
Masca Ethnographic Museum
Masca Ethongrapic Museum is another admission-free museum in Tenerife, and it offers one of the best views of the entire island. Perched in a small traditional house at the peak of the Masca valley, this museum represents the history of Tenerife, and each room in the house portrays a different feature of the island’s past, culture and heritage.
Many of the locals have also donated old photos of the island, offering tourists an insight into what it was like to live on the island many years ago. Sadly, this museum is only open one day a week, however if you really want to take a look when you visit Tenerife, make sure to call ahead – they usually make special considerations for groups!