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Tenerife Culture - a guide to concerts, museums and art galleries


Tenerife culture. Yes, as well as being a holidaymaker's paradise, Tenerife has much cultural activity, too. I suppose, by "culture", we mean things like museums, art galleries, theatres and classical music concerts. I'll be attempting to list as many of these types of things here as I can.







CULTURAL CENTRES

Auditorio de Tenerife

Its English translation being "Tenerife Auditorium", this striking building is found in Santa Cruz, Tenerife's capital and hosts all manner of cultural events and is home to the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra.Auditorio de Tenerife
Photo: R. Liebau



CULTURAL CENTRES

Auditorio de Tenerife



Its English translation being "Tenerife Auditorium", this striking building is found in Santa Cruz, Tenerife's capital and hosts all manner of cultural events and is home to the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra.



Tenerife Espacio de Las Artes

Commonly known as "TEA", this is a large exhibition centre in the heart of Santa Cruz, housing an art gallery, photography centre and library.


Magma Art and Congress

A cultural centre in the south to rival the Auditorio de Tenerife, this striking building situated in Adeje has been open since 2005.


El Castillo Los Realejos

An honest-to-goodness castle and museum in an idyllic setting featuring classical music concerts and other events.



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MUSIC ENSEMBLES

Tenerife Symphony Orchestra

Known, in Spanish, as the OST, or Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, this is a world-class symphony orchestra, based in Santa Cruz.


Humboldt Ensemble

A small group of musicians performing intimate concerts of chamber music, with the accent on the Baroque era.


Tenerife Film Orchestra and Choir

An orchestra and choir dedicated solely to the performance of film music.


Orquesta Clasica Divertimenti

A chamber orchestra consisting of members of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, whose repertoire includes music from musicals as well as classical.


The Classical Orchestra of La Laguna

A symphony orchestra made up of young musicians.


Camerata Clásica de Canarias

Another chamber orchestra describing itself as "an orchestra of Canarians, for Canarians and for the world".



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MUSEUMS

There is an organisation on the island called El Organismo Autonomo de Museos y Centros de Tenerife, or "Autonomous Organisation of Museums and Centres of Tenerife", which oversees the various museums and is dedicated to the preservation and protection of the island's cultural heritage, whilst promoting interests in science and education.

The following museums are part of its organisation:

Museum of Nature and Man

This is in Santa Cruz and comprises

  • The Archaeological Museum of Tenerife
  • The Museum of Natural Sciences
  • The Canarian Institute of Bioanthropology


Museum of History and Anthropology of Tenerife

A museum divided into two locations, one in La Laguna, the other in the nearby town of Valle de Guerra.

Museum of Science and the Cosmos

Also found in La Laguna.


OTHER MUSEUMS

The Military Museum


Found in Santa Cruz, this museum has exhibits tracing Tenerife's military history.

The Archaeological Museum of Puerto de La Cruz

Found in the island's north-western town, this deals with Tenerife's Guanche heritage.

La Casa del Vino La Baranda

In El Sauzal, this is a museum dedicated to wine!

La Casa de la Miel

Literally "the house of honey", this is an annex to the Casa del Vino, above, and is dedicated to the manufacture of honey and the preservation of the bee-keeping fraternity.

The Ibero-American Craft Museum

This is situated at La Orotava and is a sort of "folk" museum, exhibiting artefacts such as musical instruments, textiles and ceramics. It exists to promote relations between Spain and America.



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THEATRES

Teatro Guimerá


Teatro Guimerá is a theatre found in Santa Cruz and is an establishment founded in the 19th century. It puts on all manner of cultural events.Teatro Guimera



THEATRES

Teatro Guimerá


teatro guimera


Teatro Guimerá is a theatre found in Santa Cruz and is an establishment founded in the 19th century. It puts on all manner of cultural events.



Teatro Leal

Found in La Laguna, this theatre was built in 1915. It stages a lot of variety shows and, notably, is the venue for the premiering of motion pictures.

Teatro Victoria

Situated in Santa Cruz, this venue seems to be dedicated to dance, from classical ballet to contemporary. It is also a dance school.



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