Gran Canaria to get new Museum of Water and Sugar
The old town of Ingenio in Gran Canaria is to be the venue for a new tourist attraction in the form of a Museum of Water and Sugar.
The project is being proposed by the island’s Cabildo and the Canary Government and it is hoped the first phase will start shortly.
The sum of 170,000 euros has been allocated to cover some of the preliminary work such as electrical installations and adaptation to the regulations and technical codes.
Director of tourism infrastructure, Héctor Suárez re-cently visited the proposed site for a meeting with the Mayor, Juan Diaz and technicians from both authorities.
The intention of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports, as explainedby Sr. Suárez, is to work together with the town’s council to make these facilities available to residents and visitors as soon as possible.
“It is a space of great interest to make our identity known, because it has to do with our traditions, our herita-ge, our way of earning the bread in previous generations,” he explained.
The first part of the project to be put out to tender will be the Mill of the Diaz and the Mayor epressed the hope that “within three to five years”, the complete route would be open to the public.
The Museum of Water and Sugar will have in the future a total of ten exhibition areas distributed in four buildings (two mills, a house with barn and a traditional house).
The museum will offer a wide range of historical data related to the important role of water in the municipality, as well as obtaining sugar. It will have rooms designed to explain the importance of water from the pre-Hispanic rites for the request of rain to the modern systems of saving and manufacturing of drinking water, going through everything that was develo-ped around this basic element (crops, mills, social life, sugar manufacture, ware-houses, water storage, distribution, etc.).
Sr. Diaz said he was delighted the project was going forward, saying: “They will enhance the historical heritage of this municipality, as they address its origin.”