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Tenerife MuseumsBack to Guide

The average tourist to this Island is perhaps not aware of the history, culture and heritage that there is to be found in Tenerife.

If you do ever grow tired of the beaches, the museums are plentiful and just by walking around the old towns and villages you will find lots of places of interest.

Take a bus ride to Santa Cruz, there you will find parts of the old original harbour wall dating back to the 'Battle of Santa Cruz' in which Lord Nelson lost his arm. A display all about this battle can be found at the Military museum. The centrepiece of the exhibit, however, is the cannon known as El Tigre, or 'the tiger'. This was used in the battle and is reputed to have been the one that hit Nelson on the arm, resulting in it being amputated!

Other museums include:

'Museum of Nature and Man' which offers an insight into the Natural Wealth of the Canary Islands. It is a chance to discover the largest existing collection on the culture of the Guanche people.

'Museum of Science and Cosmos' Where you can find lots of interactive experiments as well as a 'Planetarium'.

'Museum of History and Anthropology', which has displays and documentation regarding the history of the Islands and the development of their inhabitants.

'Wine Museum' in Sauzal, explains the history of wine and how it's grown: don't forget to go into the wine tasting room. There is also a fine restaurant to be found on site as well, and 'The Honey Museum' is right next door.

'Island of Tenerife Photographic Center' Santa Cruz.

There are many more museums around the Island. Your local tourist office will be able to advise you.

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