Museum of the Canaries

Museum of the Canaries
   The Museo Canario (Canarian Museum) in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, housing the largest collection of pre-Spanish artefacts in the Canary Islands, still remains a private museum. Founded in 1879 as an academic society, the museum was established in the house of Dr Gregorio Chil y Naranjo who, with the first curator Dr Victor Grau Bassas, led collecting expeditions to the pre-Spanish burial caves of the Guayadeque basin and elsewhere in Gran Canaria. After Chil's death in 1903 the museum stagnated, though it was already renowned for its collection of human skulls. With the renovations of the 1980s under the direction of Julio Cuenca Sanabria, the museum's displays have improved, though problems of access to the collections remain.
   M. R. EDDY

Encyclopedia of contemporary Spanish culture. 2013.

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