The Museum of History and Anthropology, known in Spanish as Museo de Historia y Antropologia de Tenerife, or MHAT for short, is found in two separate locations.
La Casa Lercaro, or "Lercaro House", is situated in the centre of La Laguna and is a building dating from the 16th century. Its construction was initiated by the wealthy Lercaro family, who arrived on the island from Genoa, in the wake of the Spanish conquest.
The Museum itself took up residence in 1993 and is known as the History Museum of Tenerife. This branch dedicates itself to the history of the island from the 15th century to the present, with emphasis on social, cultural and economic development during this period.
As well as the exhibitions and displays available to the public for viewing, its behind-the-scenes activities include research and conservation, plus, in conjunction with MHAT's other site, a programme of cultural and educational events.
La Casa de Carta, or "Charter House" is found in the town of Valle de Guerra, just over nine miles from the city of La Laguna, towards the north-west coast.
The building is a classic example of the stately homes that sprang up throughout the island in the 18th century, with the post-conquest influx of wealthy families. Initially, it belonged to the De La Guerra family, it was eventually acquired by Charter Captain Matías Rodríguez, hence the name.
The museum's aims are to dismiss what are popularist views of bygone days and tell things like they actually were. It promotes serious thought about the true customs, beliefs and behaviours of the past and attempts to provoke deep reflection on Tenerife's real cultural heritage.
Once again, the museum operates a series of cultural and educational activities, in conjunction with Casa Lercaro.
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