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Exploring Lanzarote's Best Museums

Jun 13, 11:50 am

Lanzarote is home to a surprisingly large number of museums, despite the fact that the island is quite small, covering a wide range of themes and subjects from the Pirate Museum in Teguise to the more formal Museum of International and Contemporary Art in Arrecife. Along with more eclectic offerings such as the Museo del Tanit in San Bartolomé and the Airport Museum in Playa Honda in-between.

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El Patio Agricultural Museum

Tourists seeking to get in touch with Lanzarote´s rural and agrarian past should make a beeline for the El Patio Agricultural Museum which is located in the north of the island in Tiagua. The museum is located within the walls of one of the largest and oldest rural houses on Lanzarote and in parts is still a working farm, producing a range of products such as wine and cheese. El Patio is open 10.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday and from 10.00 to 14.00 on Saturday and entrance costs €5 for adults and €2.50 for kids.

El Grifo Wine Museum

El Grifo is one of the oldest bodegas in the Canary Islands, dating back to 1775 and the wine museum which is attached to the winery provides a fascinating insight into the various methods of viniculture that have been practiced on Lanzarote over the centuries. Developed under the aegis of the ubiquitous César Manrique the museum is divided into various zones to better enhance visitors understanding of the production process. Tours are conducted throughout the day and conclude with a wine tasting. The El Grifo Wine Museum is open daily from 10.30 to 18.00 and admission costs €5.

LagOmar House Museum

LagOmar was once briefly owned by Omar Sharif (hence the name), the famous Iranian born actor who shot to fame in Doctor Zhivago. Sharif visited the island in the early 1970´s and presented the architect Jesus Soto with a Manrique inspired brief to produce a holiday home that resembles something out of 1001 Arabian Nights. Soto certainly delivered a real fantasy residence as LagOmar is stuffed with plant filled nooks and crannies.

The house museum here details how Sharif then managed to promptly lose his new house in a game of high stakes bridge to a British property developer. Today LagOmar is also home to a very chi chi restaurant and the Bar La Cueva. The house museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00 and admission costs €5 for adults and €2 for kids. Visit the LagOmar website for more information.

This trio of museums are just a sample of what Lanzarote has to offer. We also recommend that visitors take time to explore others, such as the Museo Al Campesino – another Manrique marvel located in Mozaga and the Pirate Museum in Teguise, which is especially entertaining for children.

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