The museums in Gran Canaria are windows to worlds of history, art, and culture that will allow you to get up close to the most authentic side of the island. Beyond its beaches and mountains, the museums of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and other areas of the island will surprise you. Now, let us share with you the list of all the museums to visit in the capital and in different areas of Gran Canaria. This way, depending on where you are moving and your interests, you can choose. Here we go!
Next, we present you with the list of the Network of Museums in Gran Canaria, starting with those in the capital so you can have an overview. Below, we briefly detail what you can find in each of them including opening hours and entrance fees (though many are free).
- Columbus House in Gran Canaria
- Museo Canario, the aboriginal museum of Gran Canaria
- Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno – CAAM museum
- Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art
- House-Museum Pérez Galdós
- Museo Elder, museum in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
- Castillo de La Luz – Fundación Martín Chirino
- Casa África
- Museum Castillo de Mata
- Museum Néstor
- Cueva Pintada (painted cave), Gáldar, Gran Canaria
- House Museum Antonio Padrón, Gáldar
- Arehucas Rum Factory, Arucas
- Banana museum, Arucas
- House-Museum León y Castillo, Telde
- House-Museum Tomás Morales
- Ethnographic Museum – Valleseco Interpretation Centre
- Ethnographic Museum Cave Houses of Artenara
- Museum Néstor Álamo, Guía
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Best Museums to Visit in Gran Canaria capital city
We start in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with museums to visit in Vegueta, where you have several options, some of them free! Next, we will explore other museums in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to reveal them all to you. You will see that, depending on your interests, there are many options to choose from. At the end, we will summarize those we would recommend if you have only a few days to visit the capital.
1) Columbus house in Gran Canaria, museums in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
One of the best museums in Gran Canaria is the Casa de Colón. The building that houses it is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and a must-visit if you are touring Vegueta. This architectural gem hosts a collection related to the history of the Canary Islands and their connection with America. Here, you will discover ancient maps, ship models, and artworks that narrate the adventures and voyages of Christopher Columbus.
- 💶 Casa de Colón Price: General admission €4, reduced €2 (over 65s, students 18-23, large families, groups of 7+). Free on Sundays.
- ⏰ Casa de Colón Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sundays and holidays from 10 am to 3 pm
2) El Museo Canario, Museums in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
In the old part of the capital, you can also visit the museum Museo Canario, founded in 1879. Here you can explore one of the most comprehensive collections about the Canary aborigines. Many call it the Guanche Museum of Gran Canaria, but this is not the correct term.
- 💶 Museo Canario Price: General €5. Students, unemployed, large families, pensioners €3. Children under 12 free access
- ⏰ Museo Canario Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
3) Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno CAAM, Free Museums in Gran Canaria
If you are looking for a modern art museum in Gran Canaria, you must visit the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (known as CAAM), also located in Vegueta. Throughout the year, it presents various temporary exhibitions of contemporary art, with a special focus on works from Europe, Africa, and America. This is one of the free museums to visit in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and is open every day.
- 💶 Atlantic Museum of Modern Art Price: Free
- ⏰ CAAM Museum Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Closed on Mondays.
4) Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
The Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art houses an impressive collection of religious art, also located in the historic center of Vegueta. Within its walls, you can admire paintings, sculptures, goldsmith works, and textiles that reflect the devotion and ecclesiastical history of the island. It is found in the beautiful Patio de Los Naranjos, one of the most beautiful and preserved Canarian-style courtyards you can visit. Dating back to the 17th century, it is part of the architectural complex of Santa Ana Cathedral. In fact, you can climb one of its towers.
- 💶 Diocesan museum price: €6 per person, includes access to the museum, the cathedral and climbing to the top of the south tower. For over 65s, Canarian residents, large families and students €4 per person.
- ⏰ Diocesan Museum opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Closed on Sundays.
5) Pérez Galdós House Museum, Free Museums in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
The Pérez Galdós House Museum is dedicated to the life and work of one of Spain’s most important novelists, Benito Pérez Galdós. The house, which was his residence, allows visitors to stroll through the rooms where the writer grew up, admire his personal belongings and original editions of his works. This is another one of the free museums in Gran Canaria.
- 💶 Pérez Galdós Museum Price: Free
- ⏰ Pérez Galdós Museum Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closed on Mondays.
6) Elder Museum of Science and Technology
If you’re looking for a science museum in Gran Canaria, make a note of the Elder Museum, its exhibitions and interactive displays range from biology to physics. Without a doubt, it’s one of the family things to do in Gran Canaria, as they have activities for all ages.
- 💶 Elder Museum Entrance Price: €6 per person, Canary Islands resident €4 per person. 50% discount for students, under 18s and over 65s.
- ⏰ Elder Museum Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, closed on Mondays.
7) Castillo de La Luz, Martín Chirino Foundation
The Castillo de La Luz is a 15th-century fortification that now houses the Martín Chirino Foundation. This institution is dedicated to the work of the Canarian sculptor Martín Chirino and features a permanent collection of his works, as well as temporary exhibitions from other artists.
- 💶 Museum Price: €4. Reduced: €2. Wednesdays: free entry from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and free guided tour at 5:00 pm. Check reduced prices for groups.
- ⏰ Museum Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Closed on Mondays.
8) Casa África, Museums in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Casa África is a cultural centre that seeks to foster knowledge and cooperation between Africa and Spain. Through art exhibitions, talks, and workshops, it promotes a greater understanding of the rich African culture and society.
- 💶 Casa África price: free
- ⏰ Casa África schedule: Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm (winter), in summer until 3:00 pm.
9) Castillo de Mata Castle, Free Museums in Gran Canaria
The Museo de la Ciudad y el Mar Castillo de Mata tells the military history of Gran Canaria, highlighting its strategic importance in the Atlantic. It is located in a historic fortress and offers free access to the public.
- 💶 Museum price: free.
- ⏰ Museum schedule: Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturdays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Closed on Sundays.
10) Néstor museum
At the Museo Néstor, visitors could once view the works of artist Néstor-Martín Fernández de La Torre. We say “could” because it has been closed for renovations for years. Nevertheless, if you’re visiting Parque Doramas, it’s worth knowing about this beautiful corner of the capital, as it’s located in one of the most beautiful and emblematic buildings in the city.
- TEMPORARILY CLOSED.
And that’s the end of the list of the capital’s museums. If I had to choose the five best museums in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, I would choose the Casa de Colón, the Museo Canario, the CAAM and the Museo Élder. Then, without a doubt, you must climb to the top of Santa Ana Cathedral, although you don’t have to visit the Sacred Art Museum to do so. Now, if you like, we’ll go on to list other museums in Gran Canaria to visit outside the capital.
Best museums in Gran Canaria – outside the capital city
11) Museum and Archaeological Park Cueva Pintada, Gáldar
The Cueva Pintada Museum in Gran Canaria is an archaeological site not to be missed. You will find it in the historic centre of Gáldar, the first capital of the island. Here you can learn about the life of the ancient Canary Islanders through the wall paintings. There are also archaeological remains in a museum that allows you to step on the history preserved beneath your feet.
- 💶 Cueva Pintada price: General admission €6, reduced €3 for students under 23 years old and seniors over 65. Free access for children under 18.
- ⏰ Cueva Pintada Gáldar opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sundays from 11:00 am and closed on Mondays.
12) Antonio Padrón House Museum, Gáldar, Free Museums in Gran Canaria
The Antonio Padrón House Museum, also in Gáldar, pays homage to indigenist painter Antonio Padrón. Offering free entry, the museum displays works of the artist showing a deep connection with Canarian roots and culture. Discover more things to do in Gáldar on our blog.
- 💶 Antonio Padrón Museum: free
- ⏰ Antonio Padrón Museum opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
13) Arehucas rum Distilleries
Another essential stop on your tour of museums in Gran Canaria is the Arehucas Rum Distillery. During the guided tour, you’ll walk among thousands of barrels (there are more than 4,300) in a “celebrity zone” with barrels signed by personalities like Julio Iglesias. As you stroll through the distillery, a professional guide explains both the history of Canarian rum and its production process, from the sugarcane harvest (March to May) to the bottling. The tour includes a tasting of 4 types of rums and liqueurs (to choose from). There’s also a shop where you can buy any Arehucas product (aged rums, honey rum, liqueurs, and other spirits).
- 💶 Areucas Distilleries price: 7€ per person, under 18s free. You can book the experience on this page.
- ⏰ Arehucas Rum Factory Opening Hours: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm and Fridays from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm. Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
14) Banana Museum in Gran Canaria
If you want to understand the importance of bananas in the economy and culture of the Canary Islands, the Banana Museum on the Arucas coast is a must-visit. The guided tour through banana plantations includes a tasting session. You can book the experience on this page. Also, check out our recommendations on what to see and do in Arucas to complete your visit to the area, including restaurant recommendations.
- 💶 Banana Museum price: €12.50 / adult (from 6 years old), children from 3 to 5 years €6.25 / child.
- ⏰ Banana Museum opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
15) Casa Museo León y Castillo, Telde
In Telde, the Casa Museo León y Castillo tells you about the life of the brothers Fernando and Juan León y Castillo, important political figures in the Canary Islands. The house conserves furniture and personal objects, offering a glimpse into the political and social history of the Canary Islands.
- 💶 León y Castillo Museum price: €2 general, €1 reduced.
- ⏰ León y Castillo Museum hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, closed on Mondays.
16) Tomás Morales House Museum, Moya
This museum is dedicated to the figure of the poet Tomás Morales, a proponent of modernism in Spanish literature. In his birthplace, Moya, the house preserves a collection of documents, works, and objects that belonged to the poet. If you want to know more about activities in the area, such as the Los Tilos de Moya trail, visit our article.
- 💶 Tomás Morales Museum price: €2 general, €1 reduced.
- ⏰ Tomás Morales Museum opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, closed on Mondays.
17) Ethnographic Museum – Valleseco Interpretation Centre (MECIV)
The MECIV is a space dedicated to preserving and sharing the traditions and rural way of life in Gran Canaria. Through exhibitions and interactive activities, visitors can learn more about agriculture, crafts, and local customs. They also explain the origin of gofio, how it’s produced, the different types, and so on. It is next to the ecological market in Valleseco, so you can combine both visits. You have all the markets in Gran Canaria in our blog
- 💶 MECIV price: free
- ⏰ MECIV hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
18) Ethnographic Museum of the Cave Houses of Artenara
This museum offers a unique experience by showcasing the history of cave dwellings on the island. Located in Artenara, the cave houses demonstrate how inhabitants adapted to the volcanic geography of Gran Canaria. It’s also free of charge!
- 💶 Artenara Cave House Museum price: free
- ⏰ Artenara Cave House Museum hours: Monday to Saturday from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm. Closed on Sundays.
19) Néstor Álamo Museum, Santa María de Guía
The Néstor Álamo Museum, located in the historic town of Santa María de Guía, is dedicated to the Canarian musician and writer Néstor Álamo. This museum displays a collection of instruments, writings, and memorabilia that honour his contribution to Canarian culture. The access is free, marking another of the free museums in Gran Canaria.
- 💶 Néstor Álamo Museum price: free
- ⏰ Néstor Álamo Museum hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Closed on Sundays.
And here ends our list with some of the treasures you will find visiting the museums in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and other municipalities of Gran Canaria. Each one awaits you with stories and experiences that will enrich your trip and your understanding of this fascinating island.
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