Los Llanos’s Ethnographic Museum, MAB

Exterior of the ethnographic museum, Los Llanos de Aridane
Exterior of the ethnographic museum

This morning I finally got to see the ethnographic museum in Los Llanos. It’s been open for four years, so I wasn’t exactly jumping the gun.

The building’s at the top end of Los Llanos, and the outside is an example of what you can do with concrete when you stop thinking about shoe boxes. I’m sure only smart-mouthed philistines find themselves thinking of gasometers. It’s just that I used to take a bus past a gasometer just the same size and shape.

And they’re digging up the grounds at the moment. I expect that’s temporary.

Statue of the shepherd's leap, Ethnographic Museum, Los Llanos de Aridane
Statue of the shepherd's leap over the entrance

Entrance is free, and once you get inside, it’s really nice. Be sure to look up as you go through the main door – there’s a statue of a man doing the traditional Shepherd’s Leap.

Downstairs is where they hold the temporary exhibitions. Today there were two of them. One side held a fascinating exhibition on the island’s fungi, by Cecilia Hosinsky, which will be there until the 28th of January.

Fungi in chestnut woods, Ethnographic Museum, Los Llanos de Aridane
Fungi found in chestnut woods

The other side held an exhibition of statues, inspired by the Prehispanic rock carvings and statues of the island. Today was the last day, so I was lucky to catch it.

Statues inspired by Prehispanic art, Ethnographic Museum, Los Llanos de Aridane
Statues inspired by Prehispanic art

I’ll cover the permanent exhibit in another post soon.

The museum opens from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm and 5 pm – 8 pm. It’s officially called the “Museo archeologico benahoarita”, or MAB.

By the time you get there, the statue of me doing yoga will have gone.

Fertility statue, Ethnographic Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Los Llanos de Aridane
Statue of me doing yoga

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Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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