Since the 15th century The Canary Islands has been one of the most frequently crossed places between Europe and America, and the archipelago was inhabited by various aboriginal cultures until the Spanish colonization. These two facts provide a huge archaeological and anthropological advantage to the archipelago. Since the colonization, the Canarian population has adapted its customs, and the art on the islands has developed in a unique way to express the way it perceives the world. Read on and discover the best museums on Gran Canaria to learn more about this site located in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean.
While visiting Gáldar, bear in mind that there is another museum just a few kilometers away in the city of Santa María de Guía. The Néstor Álamo Museum is built on what is known to be the birthplace of musician Néstor Álamo, a man who embraced the Canarian musical culture and brought his own unique touch to it. The building dates from the second half of the 17th century, and displays the typical features of a post-colonial Canarian structure. The museum contains two different sections: the first floor is devoted to the figure and life of Néstor Álamo. Upstairs, visitors can experience a journey through the history of the music on the Canary Islands, from aboriginal times until today.
The Elder Museum of Science and Technology is located in an old British shipping company building. Since 1999, this museum opens every day of the year, offering 4,000 square meters of exhibitions and even 3D cinema in one of the biggest screens on the island. It also has a planetarium, and offers workshops and a large selection of other activities, covering a range of different disciplines, from mathematics, physics, biology and art. The main purpose of the Elder Museum is to build a bridge between people and science in order to improve communication and make science something enjoyable and intuitive. Touch, discover, learn and enjoy in this technology and science center, which welcomes around 140,000 visitors per year.
The Atlantic Center of Modern Arts, or CAAM (Centro Átlantico de Artes Modernas) is a Canarian institution that dates back to 1989 and offers a large selection of activities and exhibitions by artists from Europe, America and Africa. The selection of the artists is based on the tri-continental aspect of modern Canarian culture, owing to its unique geographic situation. This museum is located in the district of Vegueta, an architecturally-rich site which has been recognized as an area of Spanish national heritage for its rich artistic and historic legacy. The CAAM features a collection of over 2,500 works of art elaborated using all types of techniques and styles.