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Lanzarote airport undertakes intensive cultural activities to bring the airport closer to citizens and to promote the island of Lanzarote, declared a world model of sustainable development by the World Tourism Organisation.

The Lanzarote Airport Aeronautical Museum has been opened as a space in which to learn about the development of aviation on the island, as well as the evolution and functions of the airport facilities.

The Environmental Classroom, intended for all ages and particularly for children and young people, displays very clear environmental messages which can be put into practice and help to raise awareness of the importance of respecting nature and the environment.

An exhibition room has also been made available to all artists and members of the public, and is located in the inter-island terminal with free entry, just like all of the airport's cultural and environmental spaces.

The airport offers an interesting programme of joint visits to different facilities. The programme offers bilingual guides and is coordinated with the island's teaching staff in order to be adapted to educational programmes being taught in schools.

Lanzarote Airport Aeronautical Museum

The historical development of Lanzarote is closely linked to the history of aviation. The beginning of air transport in the second decade of the 20th century radically transformed the economic and social standing of the island.

The Aviation Museum was established in response to public interest in learning about the aeronautical history of Lanzarote, and makes it possible to preserve a historic, iconic building.

The museum is located in the first passenger building built at Lanzarote airport in the early 1940s. Its most notable architectural features include the square form of its floor plans and spaces, the simplicity of its decoration and the individualisation of its elements.

In the main lobby is the original untitled mural by Belgian painter Jean P. Hock, completed in 1959. The reproduction of the work titled "Lanzarote", by César Manrique, is displayed in room 3 of the museum. The Hock mural remains in its original location, although the Manrique work was dismantled and transferred in 1994 by the César Manrique Foundation. An acrylic mural carried out in 1953, it contains metaphors and references that describe the social and cultural situation on the island during that period.

This museum offers the possibility of school or college visits, with its interactive and participative options, computer applications, audiovisuals and multimedia. The content is illustrated with an extensive selection of photographs and objects, displayed on panels and in glass cases, and model planes from different periods.

Since 2012, the Canarian Government, through the Board of Tourism, has recognised the “Wellcome Family” Museum as a family friendly place.

The Museum has a special promotional programme and guided tours entitled À la carte visits. This is geared especially towards Lanzarote residents, schools and education centres across the island, specific groups (people with reduced mobility, residents’ and cultural associations, and senior citizen groups, among others), tourists and groups specialising in tourism, air transport and airport activity. Visits to Lanzarote’s military aerodrome have been running for the last four years, with a tour that shows aviation from the air force’s point of view.

In 2016, in collaboration with ONCE, all written content in the Museum was adapted to the Braille system for people with impaired vision, as part of a programme of social integration and the breaking down of barriers.

Exhibition rooms

  • Room 0. Reception
  • Room 1. Regional history: the beginnings
  • Room 2. Lanzarote's first flights
  • Room 3. The first passenger terminal: 1946-1970
  • Rooms 4 and 5. Audiovisual
  • Room 6. Transport and communications 1946-1970
  • Room 7. Aeronautics: a general and specific history
  • Room 8. Tourism, transport. Airport
  • Room 9. Control tower
  • Room 10. Weather.

Open from Monday to Saturday, 10:00 to 14:00. Tours (independent or guided) are offered in two languages.

Contact information
Telephone: 928 846 365
E-mail: acemuseo@aena.es

Environmental Learning Centre

Lanzarote Airport opened the Aena Environmental Learning Centre in 2010. Located next to the Museum, it is divided into four themed rooms dedicated to the four basic elements of life: water, air, fire and earth. Various environmental activities will be conducted in this space, such as conferences, seminars, presentations, screenings, etc.

The content is mainly aimed at children and young people with very clear sustainable messages they can put into practice and that will help them to become more aware of the importance of respect for our natural surroundings, especially when living on an island declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The Learning Centre offers technical and descriptive information on sustainability and includes environmental exercises and interactive techniques to try to raise awareness among visitors on caring for the environment from the broadest perspective. Guided tours can be organised in two languages and they can be customised to suit the individuals taking the tour.

At present, the Learning Centre has expanded its content for school students with basic concepts about recycling, alternative energy sources, tides, the sounds of nature, volcanology and geology, among others. This cultural activity complements the teaching and educational space organised by Lanzarote Airport through the Aeronautical Museum.

The Environmental Learning Centre has received support from the Island Council of Lanzarote and the Lanzarote Observatory, and the photographs have been loaned by: the Tourist Board, the Photographic Library of Environment Department of the Regional Government of the Canary Islands, the Forum94 photographers’ group, and the Cala Blanca diving centre.

Since 2012, the Regional Government of the Canary Islands has granted two seals of quality to the Environmental Learning Centre through the Tourism Department: Welcome Family for adapting to family visits; and Volcanic Experience , for the increase in educational content on volcanology.

Sustainable campaigns have been launched by the Learning Centre to celebrate the International Environment Day that the airport has organised each 5th of June since 2006. One of these was aimed at trying to raise awareness among passengers who visit the island about what it means to take volcanic rocks away with them and for them to understand that they lose all value and beauty when extracted from their natural space. Furthermore, these rocks are mostly abandoned at the airport when passengers find they cannot travel with them. They then end up in the rubbish. The campaign included rock exhibitions and messages in two languages aimed at all users of the airport grounds. Furthermore, the airport has reached an agreement with the Island Council of Lanzarote to return rocks of geological value to where they come from and those of no geological value to education centres on the island.

For Environment Day 2014, the airport joined one of the initiatives launched by the Biosphere Reserve: Agüita con el plástico. Since 2015, Lanzarote has had the first VIP lounge with “zero plastic packaging” and has been working on new initiatives to avoid the generation of plastic, which, in the Canary Islands, end up in the sea causing highly serious damage to marine fauna. In this regard, an awareness campaign was launched in 2016 aimed at the tourism sector to control the dumping of plastic material on beaches. A permanent exhibition was installed that tries to raise awareness about the dangers stemming from dropping plastic on our coastline.

Contact information
Telephone: 928 846 365
E-mail: acemuseo@aena.es

Cultural Activities

The interest Lanzarote airport has taken in offering a wide selection of cultural activities has given rise to several events organised throughout the year, including:

  • Environment Day
  • The Wind Festival
  • International Museum Day
  • Book Day
  • International Women’s Day
  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
  • International Children's Day
  • Carnival
  • Christmas
  • Region Day
  • Tourism events
  • Café theatre
  • Theatre performances
  • Concerts
  • Etc.

Aeronautical Museum

The Aeronautical Museum, housed in the airport's first passenger terminal, was opened in 2006. As well as free guided tours in two spoken languages and Braille for people with eyesight disabilities, a series of parallel activities were also organised, such as open days, conferences, book presentations, exhibitions, business conventions, airport events, tourism events, school tours, concerts, theatre performances, movie filming, etc. All these events took place where the first stage in the history of aviation in Lanzarote unfolded, the foundation for commercial, industrial and tourism development on the island.

Exhibition Hall

Next to the bas-relief mural by the famous artist César Manrique, in the Inter-island Terminal T2, there is an open-plan space which has been converted to an exhibition gallery. It is home to creations by local, Spanish and international artists who find this the ideal place to display their work.

Various similar events have been organised so far, including: the Elder Museum of Science and Technology of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; the Island Council of Lanzarote, on farming cochineal, the peculiarities of viticulture and winemaking on the island; the Association of Mouth and Foot Painters; and the Orden del Cachorro Canario en Lanzarote, with exhibitions on the Salinas saltworks, the sea and fishing, the limekilns, the traditional architecture of Bodegas Bermejo with natural and wine-growing landscapes of Lanzarote, artists’ associations such as Perro Flaco, Punctum, Forum 94, inmates from the prison, Study of brush art and painting, Farmers’ Association and the Hiperfocal Canary Islands Group, among others.

Various authors have also presented exhibitions of photography, painting, ceramics, craft techniques, sculpture made from recycled materials, marquetry, tapestry, etc., including: Déborah de León, José María Barreto, Sergio Morales, Jesús Carreño, José Goñi, Mickie Ferrer, Elisabeth Delgado, Francisco Medina, Jesús Yagüe, Martín Alonso, Santiago Martín, Virginie Jourdant and Armando Ruiz Yepes, among others.

Cultural tours

Throughout the school year, Lanzarote Airport offers the children of the island pre-arranged tours of the airport facilities.

The itineraries followed during the tours depend on the age group of the students and the educational programmes of the teachers. Visits are tailored to suit the interests and objectives of each group and their education programmes.

Schools interested in this activity should contact the Aeronautical Museum to register and coordinate the number of students, age group, and day on which they would like to visit.

Contact information
Telephone: 928 846 365
E-mail: acemuseo@aena.es