Museum of Nature and Archaeology (MUNA)
Tenerife’s unique landscapes—sculpted over centuries of volcanic activity—and anthropological history—inhabited by the Guanche people since the 6th century BC—are the focal points of the Museum of Nature and Archaeology (MUNA). Located in Santa Cruz, it’s a fascinating deep-dive into the history and cultural heritage of the Canary Islands.
The highlight of the Museum of Nature and Archaeology is an exhibition devoted to the life and culture of the Guanche, the aboriginal people who inhabited Tenerife before it was taken over by European conquerors. Admire the collection of Guanche mummies and skulls, learn about the peculiar funeral rituals undertaken by the Guanche, and see archaeological finds including ancient ceramics, fossils, and personal items that belonged to the Guanche Kings. Additional exhibitions look at the islands’ volcanic activity, natural landscapes, and native flora and wildlife.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The museum is a good choice for school-aged children, who will enjoy seeing the mummies and life-size animal figures.
- Museum exhibitions are in Spanish only, but English-language leaflets and a downloadable audio guide are provided (bring headphones to listen to the audio guide on your phone).
- There is a gift shop and café at the museum.
- The museum is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
The museum is located along Calle Fuente Morales in downtown Santa Cruz; about five minutes on foot from the Cathedral. Alternatively, ride tram line 1 to Fundación, just a 2-minute walk from the museum. Street parking is available for those arriving with their own transport, but spaces can fill up quickly, especially on weekends.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily. Budget travelers can make the most of free entrance on Fridays and Saturdays between 4pm and 8pm, although the museum is often busiest at these times.
Exploring Tenerife’s Museums
Tenerife has a number of museums that provide insight into the island’s history and cultural identity. Right next door, the TEA (Tenerife Espacio de la Artes) is a popular destination for art lovers, who will also want to check out the Fine Arts Museum in Santa Cruz and the Eduardo Westerdahl Museum of Contemporary Art in Puerto de la Cruz. Science buffs won’t want to miss the Museum of Science and the Cosmos in La Laguna, filled with interactive exhibitions that are great fun for both kids and adults. There’s also the Historical Military Museum of the Canary Islands, which has WWII tanks and weapons on display; the quirky ARTlandya toy museum; and the Casa del Vino wine museum, where you can enjoy wine tasting.
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- Tenerife Church of the Immaculate Conception
- Auditorio de Tenerife (Tenerife Auditorium)
- Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Puerto de Santa Cruz de Tenerife)
- Museum of Science and the Cosmos (Museo de las Ciencias y el Cosmos)
- La Laguna
- Anaga Mountains (Macizo de Anaga)
- La Caldera
- Monje Winery (Bodegas Monje)
- Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden (Pirámides de Güímar)
- La Orotava Valley
- Loro Park (Loro Parque)
- Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide)
- Mt. Teide (El Teide)
- Teide Cable Car (Teleférico del Teide)