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Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo Castillo de San Jose

Opens in 5 min: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Sparse curation

An interesting but sparse collection of modern art. Beautiful barrel valuing inside the building... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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A bit of a disappointment

Prior to coming away to Lanzarote, we had purchased in advance the tickets for the 6 major... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2018
Nailsworth, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Ctra. los Castillos, 35500, Arrecife, Lanzarote, Spain
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Set in this old fort this is great use of space overlooking the harbour. A limited art collection but nonetheless a good collection. The restaurant/ bar downstairs is very nicely designed, the lower gallery difficult to find however worth it. Then the trip to the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Richard C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting but sparse collection of modern art. Beautiful barrel valuing inside the building; stunning views across the city and the harbour from the roof. Interesting modern sculptures but otherwise uninspiring and bland curation... Great to see one of the original fortifications repurposed.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank omipalone
Reviewed 21 November 2018

Prior to coming away to Lanzarote, we had purchased in advance the tickets for the 6 major attractions on the island (excluding the Manrique Foundation and the Museum/house at Haria, which are outside the scope of this block ticket). Bearing in mind what other attractions...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

Arrecife is a bit short on tourist attractions so this is worth a visit if only for the great cafe with fantastic views.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Judi B
Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

The museum can be seen in 10 minutes, worth going at low tide to see the concrete sculptures in the sea, through the restaurant windows

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank r2d2_vegas
Reviewed 11 November 2018

There is lots of modern art and you can get up really close - unusual and worthwhile. You also get to see the remains of the castle. There are, however, a lot of steep steps and no handrails or hand ropes, which makes access difficult...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AlyGNorthWales
Reviewed 30 October 2018

This is truly a hidden gem - with a very different, Spanish and European menu, floor to wall glass walls , sculptures poking out of the sea and views of the coast, this is where you come to eat lunch and don't care if the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

I lost the will to live there. Dark rooms with heavy silence and creepy art: felt worse than in a WW2 museum. Great from the outside, nice rooftop, amazing restaurant but... The gallery is where suicide gets its name from... Never again. Run, people, run.More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mgogov
CACTLanzarote, Customer Service at Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo Castillo de San Jose, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

Dear mgogov, First thank your comment, your opinion is very important to the organization. The complaints and suggestions of our visitors help us to enrich the quality of our service. As you says, the Museum is located in a restored fortress thanks to the fact...More

Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

We'd seen this Museum from the outside but didn't get chance to visit until our return trip this summer. Fabulous artworks from local artists including Manrique and Pancho Lasso. Make sure you visit the restaurant area with sweeping panoramic views and look out for the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Donna D
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

This was included in our 6 attraction tickets, so we headed down there to see what it was. An impressive old castle converted into an artistic space. Nice views from the top, even if it is overlooking an old port. Certainly not a busy place,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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17 December 2016|
Response from CACT L | Property representative |
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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