If you are an aviation lover who will be travelling to the Canary Islands in Spain, we strongly recommend that you make some time to visit the Aeronautical Museum of Lanzarote airport. While you might think that there are similar exhibitions or facilities dedicated to the history of aviation in other airports of the world, this small museum in particular does a wonderful job at preserving the actual passenger terminal which was in operation from 1946 to 1970, part of its old runway, the instruments and uniforms used by the ground staff and even the control tower -the first that served in the island- open to visitors today. Although this aviation museum in Spain is somewhat tiny, its richness in detail and the immeasurable value of the objects exhibited make it totally worth a visit.
How to arrive
The Aeronautical Museum in Lanzarote airport in the Canaries lies within short walking distance of Terminal 2, but do not be discouraged as you won’t be able to spot it from there. If you arrive through Terminal 1, simply walk to T2 (to and from which inter-island flights are operated) and head towards the parking lot. Follow the signs indicating the way to the Aena headquarters and turn right. And old aircraft in front of the small building will welcome you confirming you have found the place.
Opening hours and admission
The facilities stay open for visitors Monday through Saturday between 10:00 and 14:00, yet less than four hours is more than enough for you to see and enjoy everything, so even if your flight lands around mid morning or leaves shortly after noon, consider paying a visit to this aviation museum in the Canary Islands as part of your trip to Lanzarote. Admission is free every day and at all times.
What to see in the Aeronautical Museum of Lanzarote in Spain
From historical photographs telling the story of the very first and most important aviation events in the island to scale models of airplanes and the building itself, not forgetting the varied array of tools and relics that will help you get an idea of the fast evolution of aeronautics inside and outside Lanzarote over the course of the decades, this place can be considered a source of knowledge for those wanting to learn further about or enter the aviation world.
The airplane spotters zone
The Aeronautical Museum in Lanzarote airport has a section dedicated to spotting which was specifically conceived to pay tribute to the aviation photographers in the island by showcasing their work. For such purpose, a series of high-quality pictures of virtually every aircraft that has landed in ACE from its early times are displayed in an area of the museum exclusively designated for the exhibition of spotting photographs and aircraft scale models.
Temporary exhibitions and works by Cesar Manrique
On a periodical basis, the temporary exhibition at the Aeronautical Museum of Lanzarote changes in order to showcase the latest trends in recycling techniques applied to aviation. As a declared UNESCO biosphere reserve, the island pays special to the preservation of nature by reducing the impact of aeronautical procedures on the environment. Cesar Manrique, a renowned local artist whose works can also be admired at the airport terminals, was a significant contributor to the environmental cause, and the staff of the museum will be glad to provide information about the meaning of some of his paintings in Lanzarote airport.
As the passenger terminals, managed by Aena, are just 10 minutes away by car from the capital city of the island –Arrecife- and roughly half an hour from holiday areas like Playa Blanca or Costa Teguise, you may as well plan to visit the museum any day of your stay even if you are not passing through the airport.
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