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“An on-site archeological museum in the center of Galdar”

Museo y Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Galdar
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Owner description: Cueva Pintada, after which the site was named, was discovered in the mid 19th century and is part of a group of artificial caves excavated in the volcanic rock.. Its geometrical motifs make it the most unique representation of the Pre-Hispanic wall paintings, an exceptional testimony of the artistic and symbolic expression of the people of the Canary Islands. Excavations made here since 1987 until today have confirmed the fact that Cueva Pintada used to be part of a village with over fifty houses and artificial caves dating back from the 6th to the 16th centuries.The remains of the indigenous village of Cueva Pintada can be admired from a walkway surrounding those structures preserved, which allows visitors to look at the detail of the houses and indigenous caves.
Helsinki, Finland
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“An on-site archeological museum in the center of Galdar”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

If you want know something about the pre-history of the Canary Islands and its aboriginals, the place to visit is the Cueva Pintada ("Painted Cave") Museum in Galdar, the Northern part of the country. The visit to the museum is staged so that you first see a short film (with English subtitles) about the excavations, what the research tells us and how the caves were found. Then you get to see the real thing, which is the real excavation site, roughly about 100x100metres in size, housed under a sheltering roof behind the movie screen, with both reconstructed cave abodes and the original "painted cave". And finishing the tour, you see another film, a 3D drama about the aboriginal Canarians, their way of life and how they, after strong resistance, were conquered and enslaved by the Spaniards. I can recommend this museum even for families with kids if you make the effort and try to visualise for them what might have been like to live in a cave. Unfortunately some of the DVD screens on the site were out-of-order.

Visited December 2013
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“What a Wonderful Place!”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

I visited via two buses from Puerto de Mogan and am so glad I did. The sheer size of the archaeological area with its walkways and sophisticated lighting took my breath away. I had not been expecting such a massive scale! The actual painted cave is so beautiful, a very spiritual experience. Excellent staff and a superb gift shop. It's a shame more tours aren't organised direct from the resorts.

Visited September 2013
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IÑAKI S, Gerente at Museo y Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Dear Sir/Madam,
The staff of the Museo y Parque Arqueológico Cueva Pintada would like to thank you for your comments. We are very pleased to hear that such a long trip to visit this museum, in which we always effort in order to offer our visitors a fantastic experience, has been worthwhile. So, we hope that we will be able to rejoice in welcoming you here on another occasion if you visit the island.
Yours faithfully,

Iñaki
Director and Curator of the museum
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Cueva Pintada, interesting!”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

I went to Cueva Pintada on June 2012. Go to Gáldar, walk around Agüimes, a recreated medieval town, then visit the Museum & Archeological park of Cueva Pintada. These towns are the epitome of cleanliness. The museum is in the middle of the town, the archeological site is located under a normal city building! Museum attendants are really friendly & knowledgeable. The short tour cost 6€, it is really enlightening, the ticket includes the small museum, a short documentary & walk of recreated lodgings & archeological site. Not pictures allowed! Last June it won a prestigious cultural award. I learn a lot about the Guanches.

Visited July 2012
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IÑAKI S, Gerente at Museo y Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Dear Sir/Madam,

The staff of the Museo y Parque Arqueológico Cueva Pintada would like to thank you that you have spent some time writing a few lines with such a helpful and interesting information for our future visitors about the visit to the museum and the archaeological site. Having no further to add, I take this opportunity to thank you again.

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Iñaki
Director and Curator of the museum.
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London, United Kingdom
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“Very interesting visit”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

This was not easy to find as we were expecting it to be in an open air situation, not inside a museum building-which it is! The building has been designed to cover & protect the remains of the caves. The guides are multi-lingual and very accommodating. There are videos & talks with the opportunity to look around. Many rooms in the caves have been dressed to show how life would have been. Anyone with an interest in history should take a couple of hours out to look around here.

Visited November 2012
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IÑAKI S, Gerente at Museo y Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Dear Sir/Madam,

I would like to thank you on behalf of all the staff of the Museo y Parque Arqueológico Cueva Pintada that you recommend to visit to this heritage site to know our history. So, we hope that the architectural design intended to protect and preserve this vulnerable heritage site. In conclusion, we would like to once again stress our gratitude.

Yours faithfully,

Iñaki
Director and Curator of the museum.
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Toronto, Canada
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“Wonderful archaeological museum”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

If you visit Gran Canaria, make the effort to visit this modern and beautifully organized museum. You can spend a happy hour or two discovering the history of the first inhabitants of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. It has original cave dwellings and replicas as well as artifacts. It is sophisticated and very well created.

Visited April 2013
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IÑAKI S, Gerente at Museo y Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Excellent archaeological museum”

Dear Sir/Madam,

It is a great motivation for the staff of the Cueva Pintada to read such positive comments like yours on this website. So, we would like to thank you on behalf of all the staff of the Cueva Pintada for recommending to everyone to visit our museum.

Yours faithfully,

Iñaki
Director and Curator of the museum.
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