The Canary Museum adapts to new technologies

The new technologies help to enjoy from another perspective the collections and the history that the Museo Canario houses. / ACFI PRESS

The Vegueta institution has launched digital tools for three-dimensional representation and augmented reality

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In 1879, the
Doctor Gregorio Chil y Naranjo and a group of intellectuals they decided to create El Museo Canario as an incentive for the scientific and cultural development of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. After many good times, and others not so many, 143 years after his birth El Museo Canario
It is still alive and adapting to new technologies to continue growing.

After the hard time experienced during the pandemic, which caused the number of visitors to fall in 2020 to even less than half of the almost 38,000 who visited its rooms a year earlier, the recovery has been in progress and in
the first seven months of 2022 there are already about 22,000 people who have visited this emblematic museum in the capital of Gran Canaria.

To this end, the Museo Canario has been taking steps and above all
has adapted to new technologies in order not to receive only new peoplebut that those who have already visited it before have more incentives to repeat and enjoy during the tour of its different rooms.

This is how Maria explains it.
Carmen Gil Vega, head of the Pedagogical Department of El Museo Canario: «We have made available a whole series of resources prepared to facilitate the tour autonomously for the public that visits it, we have audio guides in several languages, a youth version designed for young people and designed to facilitate the visit of family groups of So that each one has a resource adapted to their interests or needs, we also have video guides in sign language or an easy-to-read guide.
They are resources designed for all this public that wants to come to the Museum and wants to have their own resources«.

three dimensional

'The Canarian Museum in 3D: Key pieces to get to know the ancient Canarians' It is a new dissemination offer around the heritage that the entity preserves, since it makes available to society a new digital tool aimed at
three dimensional rendering of a selection of archaeological pieces from the museum's collections.

The 3D models obtained from these pieces, enriched with informative labels, are inserted in the virtual tour of the exhibition halls, so that it is offered both to face-to-face visitors and in the virtual visit,
a visual and didactic guide that facilitates the independent visit to the exhibition and allows them to learn about the ways and conditions of life of the aboriginal population of Gran Canaria through a series of key pieces with which they can interact.

The present public can make use of this tool during their visit to the museum through
the QR codes installed in the roomsbut the application is also available on the website of El Museo Canario
(, so that anyone who wishes can make this virtual visit using their own personal computers, tablets or mobile phones.

In this sense, Carmen Gil explains that the visit is carried out by means of codes installed in the rooms that allow the public "in some way to extract these pieces from the showcases and interact with them and with all the information that the pieces provide to make a route designed around these materials».

Augmented reality

The Museo Canario has another tool thanks to new technologies: 'Windows to the Past', a project with which the institution offers a regular journey through the history of the Canary Islands through
the recreation of real scenes of aboriginal life through an augmented reality applicationso that visitors can tour the archeology exhibition of Gran Canaria visualizing characters that carry out activities related to the content of each room.

In El Museo Canario you can see how ceramics were modelled, cooked or woven, and even how they could have been
a fight of the natives against the Castiliansrecreated from the research work on the archaeological remains.

«We have a series of scenes in augmented reality in a very visual, very didactic way, designed even for the youngest audience that wants to interact with the resources and it shows a series of activities carried out by the aboriginal population, such as the work of stone or ceramics, the preparation of corpses...,
They are very attractive resources for the younger public that visits us.», points out the person in charge of the Pedagogical Department of El Museo Canario, an entity that organizes visits for groups and family activities throughout the year.

sensitive guide

The musician José Manuel Brito, the chef Marcos Tavío, the writer Carlos Álvarez, the visual artist Teresa Correa and the sculptor Manolo González are the protagonists of
'Guide to the Five Senses', that offers a different way of going through the rooms evoking the past through sensory perception. In this way, an inspiration is transmitted to visitors with which to fully enjoy the history contained in El Museo Canario.

This guide reflects on how the indigenous felt their environment and how we can revive those feelings today, while spreading history in an entertaining way. For this he has met
an exceptional interdisciplinary cast, made up of five creators from different disciplines who contribute a collection of texts in which they describe their sensory perception at El Museo Canario. Together they offer a narrative in which the experience of becoming aware of history through a visit to the archeology exhibition is valued.

The Guide
is identified in the room by colorseach direction has a color, so that the codes are captured to make a pleasant and relaxed tour "with the idea that those who already know the museum enjoy another experience", says Carmen Gil, head of the Pedagogical Department of this institution .

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