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International Museum of Contemporary Art

El Castillo de San Jose was raised due to the need to defend the island from pirate attacks. Today it holds the International Museum of Contemporary Art, created in 1975 by Cesar Manrique, with the purpose of bringing to the island the most characteristic works of modern art.

The castle is a fortress that was built in the C18 by order of Carlos III. The work took place between 1774 and 1779 and involved a high number of islanders.

Cesar Manrique was in charge of the renovations, which respected the internal structure of the building, adding only the café-restaurant to the original structure.

On 8th December 1976, the castle opened as the International Museum of Contemporary Art, attracting a great deal of attention as the most ambitious art exhibition in Spain as 180 internationally recognised artists attended the event.

Lanzarote - Museum of Contemporary Art. Entrance to the castle.
Entrance to the castle.

Lanzarote - Museum of Contemporary Art. Image of the interior of the restaurant.
Image of the interior of the restaurant.

INFORMATION:

Opening times:

from 11:00 to 21:00h.

 

Café, restaurant, secure parking.

Restaurant:

from 11:00 to 15:45h and 19:30 to 23:00h.

Telephone:

34.928.807.929

Entrance price:

free.

Last update 02/03/2010. Lanzarote Island.com does not take responsibility on possible changes to this information.

Images


Lanzarote - Museum of Contemporary Art. Castillo de San José. Castillo de San José.

Lanzarote - Museum of Contemporary Art. Stairway that communicates the restaurant with the gallery. Stairway that communicates the restaurant with the gallery.

Lanzarote - Museum of Contemporary Art. View of docks of Los Marmoles. View of docks of Los Marmoles.

Lanzarote - Museum of Contemporary Art. Access to the restaurant from the outside of the castle. Access to the restaurant from the outside of the castle.

Lanzarote - Museum of Contemporary Art. The bar in the restaurant. The bar in the restaurant.