Museum of Piracy, Teguise - What to see and do

If you like stories about pirates and you are thinking of visiting Lanzarote, then you can´t miss out on a visit to the Museum of Piracy in Teguise.

It is a well-organised visit, with great moments and a perfect ending. If you feel that this museum is made for you, in the next article we tell you everything you need to know when it comes to visiting the Museum of Piracy

Museum of Piracy: Where is it?

The Museum of Piracy in Teguise, is located in the Castle of Santa Bárbara, a place that served as a shield against the different pirate attacks suffered by Lanzarote from the 16th century on. It is a key place for fighting off buccaneers because the entire island can be seen from the top of the building and in any direction:

● Archipelago Chinijo, to the north.

● The spectacular jable valley of Famara-Tiagua, towards the west.

● Arrecife and the east coast of Lanzarote.

Lanzarote was one of the islands most threatened by international pirates So, the Museum addresses two historical perspectives: the study of piracy in Teguise and the study of international piracy in the Canaries. It is worth mentioning that the message conveyed in the visit is that the Canary Islands were an area conducive to international piracy from the discovery of America on.


Villa de Teguise is the historic capital of Lanzarote, as it was the seat of government until 1847, when the government was moved to the city of Arrecife. Thus, Teguise became the second most populous municipality of Lanzarote after this change. Undoubtedly, it is a destination to enjoy with family where life revolves around the main beach in the municipality, that of Las Cucharas, one of the favourites of windsurfing fans thanks to its good waves.

Museum of Piracy: opening hours and visiting days

One of the characteristic activities of the place is to visit the museum, so below we have outlined the days and opening hours when you can go:


  • Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Sunday and holidays from 10 am to 4 pm


  • Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Sunday and holidays from 10 am to 4 pm

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Characteristics of the Museum of Piracy

The cultural space is characterised by the use of animation. The visit looks at the lives of universal privateers and, of course, the history of the pirate attacks on Lanzarote is displayed.

The tour is very interesting, as it is possible to observe what the inhabitants of the Canary Islands suffered and how they managed to overcome the marine threat.

Pirates and their tools, weapons, have a place in the exhibition, as do vessels and maps from the period. The ships, mythologized in film, with offensive flags declaring raids and fierce battles.

The visit finishes at the top of the Castle where you will go to the summit of Guanapay mountain. Walking around this area provides a perfect moment.

What can you see in the Museum of Piracy:

The Museum of Piracy is formed by seven different rooms that look at and provide information on the main role of the castle. An educational journey through reproductions, illustrations, maps, models, weapons, ships and galleons. As an appetiser to what you will be able to see first-hand, we are showing you a little about the first two rooms of the Museum:

The first room displays the history of Teguise as the former capital of the island and presents a model of the old town, which details the political, military and religious power of Villa de Teguise. The second room deals with the most significant raids suffered in Lanzarote between 1551 and 1618, carried out by Barbary pirates such as Morato Arráez, Tabac Arráez and Soliman. The visit becomes increasingly interesting as we delve into the “Trades in Teguise” room.

The Museum of Piracy uses the different fortresses of Lanzarote as references, for example the Norman conquest and the raid by Morato Arráez on Callejón de la Sangre in Villa de Teguise. 

The narrow corridors of the Castle display figures of internationally renowned pirates, such as John Hawkins, Francis Drake and Robert Blake, among others.

In conclusion

An activity that will provide great cultural history for both you and your entire family. Undoubtedly, it will be part of an unforgettable experience where not only will you see certain objects you had only seen before in films, but you will also have incredible views and unrepeatable moment

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