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Archaeological Museum of Puerto de La Cruz

Archaeological Museum of Puerto de La Cruz is a small Museum in the town of Puerto de La Cruz in Tenerife. Despite its size, it is one of the most important archaeological museums in the Canary Islands. Here is a unique collection of more than 2,600 items related to the culture of the Guanches - the indigenous inhabitants of the Canary archipelago, as well as the collection of documents known scientist and researcher Luis Diego Coscoa. Coscoy born in Genoa, gave the greater part of the life of archaeology. For many years he spent in Tenerife, studying and cataloguing ancient culture gaunce. In 1951, the year he became Director of the Archaeological Museum of Tenerife.

In the halls of the Archaeological Museum of Puerto de La Cruz you can see a huge collection of pottery and ornaments of the Guanches, as well as several mummies representatives of this ancient people. Unique in the scale of Canary Islands exhibits of the Museum are two shells in the form of a saucer, found Telesforo Bravo, and an anthropomorphic figure, she's a clay idol known as "Guatemoc". The idol was found in 1885, the year in a cave and was wrapped in a goat skin. It is believed that this figure belonged to the priests of the aborigines and used in traditional rituals. Tiny Guatemoc (its size is only 6.4 cm) - very valuable piece, because it is one of the few preserved examples of prehistoric culture of Tenerife. The Museum also has more modern exhibits such as weapons, old maps and various documents and even a collection of butterflies!

Archaeological Museum of Puerto de La Cruz is a traditional Canarian house of the 19th century near the Plaza Charco in the old fishing quarter of the city. This house was purchased by the City Council in 1981 year and carefully restored, and in 1991-m to year, the official opening of the Museum.