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.
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.
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.
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.