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Museum of Nature and Man - the prehistory of Tenerife


The Museum of Nature and Man (Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre), otherwise known as the MNH, is located on Calle Fuente Morales in Santa Cruz, just near the Plaza de EspaƱa. It is on the site of the old Civil Hospital and consists of three departments: Archaeology, Natural Sciences and Bioanthropology.



First established in 1958, the Museum houses exhibits primarily concerned with the original inhabitants of the island of Tenerife, the Guanches.

There are examples of Guanche mummies, plus objects buried with the Menceys, the original Guanche kings. These include such things as pottery and other artefacts. There are also fossilised remains of prehistoric animals, such as the giant lizard and giant rat of Tenerife. You'll be able to see ancient amphoras from the Mediterranean and Aagean that have washed up on the shores of the island.Guanche pottery
Guanche pottery



Guanche pottery
Guanche pottery

There are examples of Guanche mummies, plus objects buried with the Menceys, the original Guanche kings. These include such things as pottery and other artefacts.

There are also fossilised remains of prehistoric animals, such as the giant lizard and giant rat of Tenerife. You'll be able to see ancient amphoras from the Mediterranean and Aagean that have washed up on the shores of the island.




The Natural Science department dedicates itself to the flora and fauna of the area known as Macaronesia - including, as well as the Canaries, the islands of the Azores, Madeira and Cape Verde. It features an impressive palaeontology collection and boasts one of the best natural history libraries in the Canaries.


The bioanthropology department specialises in ancient human bones including a forensic anthropology section, both dedicated to the investigation of the Canarian population from ancient times to the present day.


Guanche mummy
Guanche mummy
(Photo: Cardenasg)





Opening Times
Tuesday-
Sunday
9am-7pm
MondaysClosed


Prices:

General entrance: 3 euros
Bono travel ticket discount: 1.50 euros
Retired/over 64s: 1.50 euros
Students: 1.50 euros
Large families: 1.80 euros
Groups of eight or more: 1.80 euros


contact details:

Telephone: (+34) 922 535816
Email: via website
Website




Evening Tour and Dinner

This museum has used its initiative to entice visitors through its doors by introducing an all-inclusive evening tour followed by a meal.

Occurring on the second Friday of each month, these tours begin at 9pm and participants will be guided round the various exhibits.

After the tour, the museum's head chef, Armando Saldanha, will provide an excellent repast, which you'll be able to enjoy in the museum's courtyard.

Price for all this is 30 euros. To reserve a place, telephone (+34) 922 535128.





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