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Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo Castillo de San Jose

Diseminado Naos s/n, 35500 Arrecife, Lanzarote, Spain
+34 928 81 23 21
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Morning of culture

A small, old military fortress now turned into a small art gallery. Whilst the paintings aren’t... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2018
JCW491
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
Perfect lunch

Very nice view on the sea with modern art staues coming out of water during the lunch, very large... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2018
Fennec94
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Vincennes, France
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The Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo-Castillo de San José, is located near Puerto Naos and Arrecife, capital of the island, and the place where César Manrique was born. It was built between 1776 and 1779 under the ruling of King Charles III. The museum’s privileged location on top of a cliff, made protection from Castillo de San Gagriel easier, and it meant it was a crucial spot to defend Arrecife and its port from the dangers the modern states posed to the Spanish Empire. When its use for defensive purposes decreased, it was left abandoned for almost a century. It was Manrique (who else), who convinced the authorities of the island to transform the ancient fortress into an art gallery that ended up opening in 1976, the Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo. Manrique started up the 1st International Visual Arts Competition with the work of Picasso, Tàpies, Miró, Mompó, Millares, Zóbel and some of his own creations that inspired one of the largest abstract art collections.
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Diseminado Naos s/n, 35500 Arrecife, Lanzarote, Spain
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Reviewed 4 May 2018

A small, old military fortress now turned into a small art gallery. Whilst the paintings aren’t particularly stunning, the renovation (César Manrique’s) is excellent creating amazing gallery spaces. Downstairs there is a well designed modern restaurant/bar; ladies, you must visit the loo here! The view...More

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Reviewed 28 April 2018

Very nice view on the sea with modern art staues coming out of water during the lunch, very large choice of original plates et very good service

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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

With a table of 6 people we turned up to be told that the kitchen was closed. Having checked the website to check they were open is was disappointing to find they weren’t. Another 4 people were contemplating going in after us. Welcome to Lanzarote...not!More

Thank Sarah M
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CACTLanzarote, Customer Service at Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo Castillo de San Jose, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Dear Sarah, We are very sorry that you have not been able to enjoy the QUÉ MUAC restaurant, we are sure it would have been a great choice. Both the professional service of the place and the dishes cooked with ingredients from the island, distinguish...More

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Contrary to some reviews on here I found the place worth visiting. What is 4 euros when you get to see the local Anthony Gormley? The attraction nicely combines 2 small art rooms with works from Oscar Dominguez and the inevitable Manrique. A few striking...More

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Easy to find . Car parking good . Another piece of history restored by the late César Manrique . Limited Art Collection but displayed well . Lovely atmosphere. Excellent restaurant and view of the bay . Interesting Sculptures in the water . Well worth a...More

Thank Ann F
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Worth to see but please remember it’s abstract art and tactile sculptures who are from the same era something different and I enjoyed as a change 4 Euro to go in you can get Audio tour for 5 Euro that is returned

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

This museum and gallery is definitely worth visiting on any trip to Arricife. The artworks are excellent but are almost outdone by the amazing building and how it has been renovated. There are now wonderful spaces to display the art pieces, and also a restaurant...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

A cute little art gallery housed in a converted 18th century fort, which has some lovely exhibits from modern Spanish artists. However, it’s small and not somewhere for a long visit. It took us about 20 minutes altogether to look at the exhibits, go up...More

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

Another excellent Cesar Manrique restoration with interesting but (naturally) limited gallery. The restaurant area a nice surprise. However BEWARE if you have walking difficulties, as my wife does, it makes a visit very limiting. Several very steep stairs - but with little or no hand...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

Don’t bother spending 4 Euros to visit a castle that pretends to be a museum of contemporary art. The collection is so limited, it took us 5 minutes to visit it What a waste of timeMore

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CACTLanzarote, Customer Service at Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo Castillo de San Jose, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

Dear Cosetta Z, Thank you very much for your comment. The opinions of our customers are very important to help us to improve every day. Regarding the information available in other languages, there is an audio guide available in four languges at the centre for...More

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Renee E
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Hello, Thank you very much for your interest in the Museum. The price to go in is 4€. If you need more information do not hesitate to contact us again. Best regards, Customer Service Centros de Arte, Cultura y Turismo de... More
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