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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Tenerife launches a 'mentoring' program for exclusive access to the museum network

Museo de Historia y Antropología de la Casa Lercaro Koppchen / CC BY

The Cabildo de Tenerife (Tenerife Island Corporation), through the Autonomous Organization of Museums and Centers (OAMC), has launched a novel program to attract the local public to their centers, which currently lack visits from schoolchildren or tourists.

The intention of the initiative is that those visitors who already know the museums of the island network can assume the role of mentors for others who have never been before and who want to visit them, and in exchange, the vounteers will be given access to exclusive areas, such as warehouses and laboratories.

This program, which for the time being can only be carried out in the two OAMC museum centers that are open - the Museum of Nature and Archeology (MUNA) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and the History and Anthropology Museum at the Casa Lercaro, in La Laguna - which is currently free to access - has a very simple procedure to participate.

Upon arrival at the museum center, mentors must register at reception, joining the team of volunteers, who the entity will reward with a private visit to the laboratories and museum collection warehouses.

The Minister of Education, Youth, Museums, Culture and Sports of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Concepción Rivero, points out in a note that "in this way the dual objective of, on the one hand, reaching a new audience and, on the other, offering the most faithful access to very interesting areas that are normally out of the reach of visitors", will be achieved.

According to Rivero, "only a small percentage of museum collections are on display in their permanent exhibitions. Museums of Tenerife have modern warehouses in which most of the artifacts and specimens that make up their collections are kept."

Both the Museum of Nature and Archeology, located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and the headquarters of the History and Anthropology Museum of the Casa Lercaro (La Laguna), can be visited from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with admission currently free, until all of their services are reopened.

The rest of the OMAC centers will remain closed for security reasons, given that they have interactive services and modules, with the exception of Cedocam (Documentation Center of the Canary Islands and America), which is open.

El Cabildo de Tenerife lanza un programa de 'mentorización' que permite acceder a lugares exclusivos de la red de museos

[ED NOTE: Now nowhere does it suggest that this will specifically be made available in English, however, IMHO, the bright types likely to volunteer to become mentors, are also probably highly likely to speak English. Either way, my experience is that the local people of Tenerife love to share their heritiage and would be so happy that you wanted to learn about it, that I have every expectation that there will be a way to make this work.]