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“Plenty to see including some mummies”

Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre
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Owner description: The Museum of Nature and Man has organised a modern museum exhibition project to present the investigation and conservation work conducted over the decades by the Museum of Natural Science and the Archaeological Museum of Tenerife. The result offers an insight into the natural wealth of the Canary Islands on the one hand, and on the other, it is a chance to discover the largest existing collection on the Guanche culture. The Guanches are the aboriginal people that inhabited Tenerife before the arrival of the first European conquerors.
Reviewed 23 February 2014

The museum building is grand , well laid out with open courtyards and easy to follow displays across a number of floors. Geography , geology , marine biology , ancient history and anthropology are some of the areas covered. Notes in English are to be found in the corner of each room.

The item that many want to see are the mummies - fascinating - also look for the vertebrae pierced by the wooden dart - what a way to go....

There is a fine café/bar and loos as you would expect. We visited in the early afternoon and were joined by a couple of classes from the local schools - they seemed more interested in flirting with each other than in the exhibits - my respect and kudos to them.

3  Thank yandinazetland
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"natural history"
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"audio guide"
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"canary islands"
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"interesting museum"
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"original inhabitants"
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"per adult"
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"volcanic activity"
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"english translation"
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"broad range"
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"large display"
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"rainy day"
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"entry fee"
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"well worth the visit"
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"santa cruz"
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"impressive building"
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

Well worth a visit - gorgeous museum, lovely staff and a classy cafe/bar downstairs too. The staff were very helpful and we had a brilliant visit.

We had free entry as had a City Sightseeing Bus ticket - also worthwile in Santa Cruz.

1  Thank Hammcb
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

I planned to make a quick tour around the exhibition but I spent there plenty of time. It is true most of the information is in Spanish but there is still much to see and also information leaflets in the exhibition halls and audio guide to use. A bit confusing floor plan, so there were certainly halls I didn´t see. This building has been a hospital and changed to museum in the late 19th century.

Plenty of information about climate, wild life, plants, birth of the Canary Islands, fossils, mummies, agricultural collections and videos. Many kind of displays, old and modern way. Now I understand the influence of the ocean for the erosion, happening every second; it was an eye-opening experience for me. Mummies were a sorrowful sight, I wouldn´t recommend for kids and for really sensitive adults.

On Friday and Saturday afternoons ( after 16 pm) free admission.

1  Thank vivian L
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

I had read about this museum prior to our arrival via cruise ship and decided it was worth a visit.

Admission to the museum was 5 euro general & 2.50 for age 65+.

The museum was large – three floors. Although very interesting, all artifact descriptions were in Spanish with no English translation. So it was somewhat difficult trying to figure out what everything was and the history.

The mummy section is on the 3rd level and included quite a few.

In the ground level-courtyard, there was free wifi and connection was very fast. In addition, there was a coffee shop and restrooms located in the courtyard.

3  Thank Travel_Texans
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

We spent longer in the museum than we had anticipated. That is a testament to the quality of the exhibits available. With a combination of artifacts and both written and video explanations, an excellent story is woven from the basics of forming the Canary Islands, through the various ecosystems found on Tenerife on to the original inhabitants and finally to the present day population. Understanding that this is in Spain and the Spanish explanations should be the most complete, we were slightly disappointed that the English translations were limited and much more abbreviated than the Spanish. Since the Canary Islands attract international tourism, more English translations would help. Oh, and there is a very nice little cafe in the courtyard where we enjoyed a cup of coffee before moving on.

1  Thank Lester P
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