Planning an itinerary for a Gran Canaria family holiday? Relocating to the island with children? Either way, we recommend a visit to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnología.
Did you know that we’re the most complete guide to Gran Canaria for both new residents and tourists? Accordingly, we’re invited to review the island’s leading attractions. Such as the Gran Canaria capital’s Museo Elder de la Cienica y la Tecnología.
1. Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnología: what
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria doesn’t have much in common with London’s South Kensington as there’s no tube station for one thing. Nor Natural History Museum either. But the Gran Canaria capital does have its very own Science Museum in Museo Elder. How very SW7.
The museum itself is a mixture of temporary and permanent exhibitions. Fixtures include the ground-floor Arianespace Robocoaster (2€) which our 13-year-old Alex loved for the thrills and spills. But which Tom (six) couldn’t be coaxed into braving, even with the automaton attraction set on the go-slow programme; preferring to enter a stationary Binter plane instead.
Gran Canaria Local Junior was even happier at the short-term, second-floor Pequeños Personajes, Grandes Historias display. Aka the History of the World according to LEGO. Which, to Mr GCL, was like stumbling into a scene from Night at the Museum.
Photojournalist Mr Gran Canaria Local enjoyed the temp Paisajes y Mensajes exhibition with images of luscious landscapes near, the island’s Roque Bentayga and far (Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway). Mr GCL and two youngest sons visited on Canary Islands Day (30th May) and there was a mouthwatering Canarian menu displayed. Sadly such culinary delights as the featured papas arrugadas con mojo (boiled new potatoes wrinkled by being heavily salted), potaje de berros (watercress stew), and sancocho (typically comprising fish, potato, and sweet potato) weren’t available to try and buy in the museum.
Foodie Mr Gran Canaria Local also enjoyed learning about the history of grocery shopping on the island. From the days when housewives and children on errands brought goods on credit, ñao, at the local corner shop to the establishment of the Canary Islands’ regional supermarket: Hiperdino. Taking in the arrival of corn from Mexico in the 17th century which led to natives making gofio from this newly-imported cereal along with the pre-existing barley and floor.
The reduced Gran Canaria Local family (as elder son Dani and Mrs GCL stayed relaxing themselves at Bed&Chic) had most fun, however, on the first floor. First by journeying into Outer Space in the Planetarium (2€) which champions the clarity of Canary Islands night skies thanks to low light pollution. Before engaging with the touchy-feely interactive exhibits high in edutainment and low in kids-developing-itchy-feet syndrome.
Mr Gran Canaria Local was stumped by some of the mental conundrums set by the displays, however. Which included a variation on The Puzzle of the Three Hats and the Lion & Unicorn brainteaser. And left him scratching his head as to how he could have already solved Einstein’s Puzzle which the great scientist claimed only 2% of the world’s population could.
2. Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnología: where
You’ll find Museo Elder in Parque Santa Catalina. There are numerous yellow Guaguas Municipales lines which stop nearby, including the likes of the 1, 2, and 12. And the Parque’s bus station is convenient too, should you be coming into the Gran Canaria capital on a Global bus.
2. Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnología: when
Museo Elder opened its doors back on the 10th December 1999. You can visit from Tuesday to Sunday between 10:00pm and 8:00am. It’s closed on Mondays.
Disclaimer: Mr Gran Canaria Local, Alex, and Tom received complimentary tickets. Ordinarily, the admission fee costs €6 which is reduced to €4 for Canary Islands residents and €2 for concessions. Should you wish to contact the museum prior to a visit, you can email them via firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +34 828 011 828.
Museo ElderMuseo Elder: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Science Museum
Museo Elder rideStrapped in at Museo Elder
Outside Museo ElderFamily-friendly Museo Elder
Feeling puzzled at Museo ElderTeam Gran Canaria Local try and work it out at Museo Elder