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Lanzarote’s much-awaited archaelogical museum open at last 

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The Archaeological Museum of Lanzarote is now a reality after the opening of the side naves of the emblematic building on Fajardo Street in Arrecife.

Pedro San Ginés, President of the Island Council of Lanzarote, and Isaac Castellano, Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Canary Islands Government, together with the General Director of Heritage, Miguel Ángel Clavijo; the president of the Board of Directors of the Tourist Centres, Echedey Eugenio; and the adviser of Historical Patrimony of the Corporation, Carmen Rosa Márquez; among others were responsible for inaugurating the first phase of a project which has generated much controversy over the last five years.

“The reasons for the purchase were none other than the recovery of the emblematic building of the capital, unique for its architecture and the enhancement of our rich archaeological and ethnographic heritage, found on the island dating from the aboriginal time, and ancestral culture,” said the Cabildo president.

More and more exhibits will be added in the future and information provided in several languages.

This is an “identity” project, said the president, in which visitors to the island “can find the signs of the place to visit”, enriching in this sense not only the knowledge of the resident population but also the experience of those who visit the island.

It is also “an obligation of the local corporations to protect, preserve and disseminate all this heritage to bequeath it to the future,” said the president of the corporation.

One of the rooms houses one of the jewels of the island’s historical heritage: the mummy of an ancient inhabitant of Lanzarote. There are also touch screens, which show different sites of cave paintings, and 360-degree images, which will facilitate the possibility of a virtual tour of different archaeological sites.

Another of the spaces in this room is devoted to buried history, in which the incidence of natural phenomena is revealed in the investigation of the island’s past, emphasising volcanic eruptions. Underwater archeology is also present and there is a special section dedicated to explaining the pirate attacks suffered by the island between the 14th and 18th centuries.

The Archaeological Museum of Lanzarote can be visited from Tuesday to Friday from 10.30am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10.30am to 2pm. The entrance fee will be three euros for the general visitor and one euro for the insular resident, although admission will be free until January 8th.