Atlantic Museum Lanzarote:
Dive the Underwater Sculpture Museum.
The Museo Atlántico Lanzarote, just off the coast of Playa Blanca at the south of the island, is the only museum of its kind in Europe. It opened to the public on 2nd March 2016 for divers, free-divers and snorkelers. The artist responsible, Jason deCaires Taylor, has become famous for his underwater sculptures with his first sub-aquatic sculpture park in Grenada, Caribbean, and another off of the coast of Cancún, México.
The Museo Atlántico of Lanzarote is located by the protected beaches of Las Coloradas, Playa Blanca, at a depth of 15 metres.
All of the moulds for the statues were cast from real people and those statues in the Rubicon installation are all of people who live in Lanzarote.
Now that the museum is finished it contains 300 statues all created to provide a habitat for marine life promoting social responsibility.
From the guide below, here is a description of the main exhibits:
- Los Jolateros are the first group of statues and depict children in tiny boats made from oil drums. A Lanzarote tradition are the regattas where the children paddle their boats with their hands.
- The Raft of the Lampedusa makes reference to the current crisis of refugees fleeing war using almost any craft that will float.
- The Selfie Couple a couple taking a selfie whilst behind them is the Raft of the Lampedusa. This is a critique of our society where technology and self-obsession appears to have more importance than what is happening around us.
- The Rubicon is a group of 35 human figures walking together towards the point of no return. A critique of a modern society that follows, like sheep, everything that politicians and television tell us without thinking for ourselves.
- The Hybrid Garden contains various sculptures that are half-human and half-cactus showing that humanity and nature could live together in harmony.
- The Two Photographers or Paparazzi refers to the new technologies that we have in our society.
Excursions for divers and Freedivers
We visit the Museum several times a week taking our clients by boat to this unique location.
Do I need to be a diver?
To dive the museum you need, as a minimum, to be a certified recreational diver e.g. SSI Open Water Diver. Divers with no previous experience are NOT allowed in the museum. However, we have a “Try-Dive the Museum” package that will allow beginners to visit the museum.
How do I get there?
You can book a visit to the museum either for morning or afternoon. If you book for the morning we´ll take you on a second dive in the area afterwards but if it is an afternoon reservation it will be just a single dive to the museum. Journey time from the marina to the museum is between 5 and 10 minutes by boat..
To visit the Atlantic Museum has an extra cost above the price of any dive packs that you have purchased through us as it is one of the Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism of Lanzarote. The entry fee is 25€. So a single dive to the museum will cost a total of 70€