Museo Historico Militar de Canarias

Museo Historico Militar de Canarias, Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Hours, Address, Museo Historico Militar de Canarias Reviews: 4.5/5

Museo Historico Militar de Canarias

Museo Historico Militar de Canarias
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Military Museums • Speciality Museums
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10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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LouiseBusyBee
Manchester, UK195 contributions
What a fabulous way to lose a couple of hours in Santa Cruz. The exhibits about Nelson's defeat here are well documented (I loved the interactive display about the battle that wasn't really very interactive!) but there's also a fantastic display of weaponry downstairs - check out those cabinets of pistols and revolvers. Outside, you can have pleasant ramble round the ranks and helicopters and climb up to the miradors for a great view. Don't forget the underground casemates.
Written October 5, 2014
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Written February 5, 2017
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Neatham
UK633 contributions
The Museo Militar Regional de Canarias is a short walk from the centre of Santa Cruz. It contains an interesting, if somewhat eclectic, collection of ancient and modern arms, armour, and uniforms.

There are some great models of ships, tanks, aeroplanes and helicopters, plus lots of information on Canary regiments. Central to the museum is the story of Nelson's defeat at Santa Cruz in 1797. The famous canon which shattered Nelson's arm, el Tigre, has been relocated to the new underground exhibition area in Plaza de Espana, but the British flag which Nelson had confidently expected to raise over Santa Cruz remains in the Museo Militar.

There are quite a few explanation panels and labels in English, and you can also ask for an English plan guide at the entrance, but many of the descriptions are in Spanish only, so if you are a non-Spanish speaker, it is best to bring a Spanish dictionary.

If you linger to study all the paintings, drawings, maps, books, weapons, models and WWII equipment, you will need to allow a couple of hours to see everything. However, if you are short of time, you could skim the museum in about 45 minutes.

When I visited in October 2009, the museum was open from 10:00 to 14:00 Tuesday to Saturday, and entrance was free.
Written November 3, 2009
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Travel_Texans
Silsbee, TX406 contributions
Nov 2013 • Couples
I had read about this museum prior to our noon arrival in Santa Cruz and decided it was a must-see. Since the museum was only open till 2 PM, we made that our first stop after leaving our cruise ship.

The museum was very interesting and admission was free. At the entrance are two vertically-placed cannons framing the door-way. These (according to a plaque on the wall) represent a type of cannon that shot off Admiral Nelson's arm in his failed attack on Santa Cruz

The upper floor is divided into different sections relating the military history of Tenerife. The lower level contains displays of different types of heavy weaponry.

Written December 18, 2013
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Written February 5, 2017
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John P
United Kingdom120 contributions
Feb 2013 • Couples
A 20 minute uphill walk from the centre of Santa Cruz, this museum is housed in an old fort. Beware, opening times are only between 10.00 and 14.00.
The museum is largely given over to Nelson's failed invasion of the island when he lost his arm to a canon blast and had to sail away leaving most of his men as prisoners of the Spanish. A couple of rooms downstairs are given over to weaponry largely from the 20C. Worth a visit.
Written February 11, 2013
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Lyn B
Edinburgh, UK12 contributions
Jul 2013 • Friends
Amazing collection of interesting and sometimes surprising exhibits. The staff were friendly and helpful. I don't usually put military museums on my tourist 'to do' lists so it's the first time I've been in a museum that told a story of a battle where I'm from the 'losing side' (I grew up 'down under' and we learned history from the viewpoint of the British Empire). I'll be making another trip here as there was too much on display to do justice to in this visit.
Written July 23, 2013
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gary M
Aberdeen, UK7 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
About a 15 minute walk from the ship, dependant on dock. Free entry, not a large museum but has a lot of content. We spent one and a half hours which included coffee. Again about a 15 minute walk to the centre of town. Well worth a visit. Be aware that the central part of the fort is not all of it. Walk around the back. Free entry, which is probably why it is not on a cruise ship tour itinerary.
Written September 29, 2015
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Thank you very much, we hope to see you soon
Written February 5, 2017
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Bader54
Bangor, UK163 contributions
Nov 2012 • Friends
Learned a lot about the war leading up to the battle of Cadiz and the peninsular war.Not all the exhibits have an english language explanation but nonetheless very visually informative
Written November 12, 2012
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GARY H
London, UK251 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
I visited this excellent museum during my recent trip to Tenerife as it helped conclude a three year side project visiting all of Spain’s former North and West African possessions.
The museum is appropriately situated within the former Baracks overlooking the harbour.
Exhibits range from the 15/16th century right up to Spain’s NATO presence.
The top floor contained a great display of Napoleonic dioramas and an excellent display of the Army Of Africa .
Once done I had a very nice Tapas meal in the on site cafe bar which commands great views over the busy working harbour.
Written December 2, 2019
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stephen h
Reading, UK212 contributions
Jan 2017 • Solo
This place was recommended to me and I would recommend it to you. It's got much of what you'd expect a military museum to have - exhibitions of weapons etc. - but it's more than that. Some of it is inside an old fortress and it gives a good impression of its size and how difficult it must have been to attack. More though, from a Brit's angle, it's what Nelson attacked in 1797 and he must have lost his arm somewhere hereabouts. It's got a display about that battle. The downside is that most of the explanation is in Spanish, but there's often a short English commentary to help.
Written January 31, 2017
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Muchas gracias por su opinión. Esperamos verle pronto por el Museo Histórico Militar de Canarias. Disculpe la tardanza en contestar Un cordial saludo.
Written February 5, 2017
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skeggy
Reading, UK88 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
A great exhibition of Spanish Military, with Nelsons defeat in Santa Cruz highlighted, a very interesting excursion.....
Written July 14, 2014
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