If you want to live a unique experience, never lived before, you must get to know the most amazing museum of Lanzarote; the Atlantic Museum. A museum under the sea that makes Lanzarote a unique island, and not due to its culture and its people.
The Atlantic Museum is located about 15 metres deep in the waters of the south coast of Lanzarote, in the Bay of Las Coloradas and covers an area of more than 2,500 square metres.
Such a project, forms a completely artificial reef, consisting of various concrete sculptures with neutral PH, which will, over time, enrich the marine fauna of the area.
What can be observed in this amazing museum?
If you visit the Atlantic Museum, you will be able to see how the sculptures on display, which show different female and male characters, reflect the current events of our century. These local figures will remain on the seabed for more than 150 years.
As for the critical function in a social sense, it shows us egocentrism, selfishness and arrogance; and how, little by little, we leave traditions aside along with our affective bonds.
The sea world Lanzarote, with this museum, is composed by sculptures that were created in real size, exhibited in different scenes. Thus, as you see the different sculptures, it is as if they themselves were telling you a story.
The central part of all this is a botanical garden that shows all the rich flora of the island.
Types of sculptures on display
The museum houses more than 300 underwater sculptures, some of them are:
- The jolateros: they are children grouped in their boats, made of brass that refer to a tradition of the region.
- Immortal: it is a sculpture molded by a local fisherman, formed by concrete sticks, which represent the funeral pyre.
- Balsa de lampedusa: it is a boat in which several immigrants can be observed. It allows viewers to reflect on the humanitarian crisis.
- Hybrid garden: the fusion between humanity and nature is observed, coexisting in complete harmony and peace.
- Disconnected: they are a couple that is taking a selfie with a cut face.
- Crossing the Rubicon: it is a grouping of around 35 human figures that walk towards a door in a wall under the sea. It’s a representation of the limit between 2 realities.
- Portal: represents a young hybrid who is looking in a mirror that reflects the surface of the ocean.
Other facts about the Atlantic Museum
What diving certificate do you need?
If you are interested in visiting Lanzarote Museum, you should know that it is necessary to have the PADI Scuba Diver certification. Another option is to participate in the Discover Scuba Diving program, which normally lasts a full day.
Museum opening hours and fees
The Atlantic Museum offers two passes: it can be visited in the morning or in the afternoon.
On the other hand, the entrance to the museum is €12. However, since it is necessary to dive to make the visit, this cost would have to be added to the boat trip (round trip) and the rental of the diving equipment itself.
Anyway, if you have the opportunity to visit Lanzarote, don’t hesitate to visit the Atlantic Museum. It’s worth it!