The impressive Museo Atlántico is the first underwater contemporary Art Museum in Europe and the Atlantic Ocean. It was created by artist Jason deCaires Taylor who is known for his underwater creations. He was behind the world’s first underwater sculpture park, off Grenada in the Caribbean and a submerged museum off the coast of Cancún, Mexico.
The Museo Atlántico is located off the coast of Lanzarote in Spain and the unique, permanent installation is sited 14m beneath the surface. The Museum was officially inaugurated on 10th January 2017 by the President of Lanzarote, Pedro San Gines.
Sculptures of the Museo Atlántico
The Museo Atlántico will be built in several phases. The first phase is now complete and consists of six different parts. There is the Rubicon, a group of 35 human figures who are all facing the same direction. The models used for these sculptures are Lanzarote residents. You can also see the famous Raft of Lampedusa, a reference to the current refugee crisis. The third component is a group of children in little brass boats, called Los Jolateros. Also there are several hybrid sculptures (half human, half cactus) depicting the merging of nature and humanity, existing together in harmony. The sculptures of a couple taking a selfie and some photographers refer to the use of new technology in our modern society.
For those who are interested in visiting this unique museum, they have to dive to a depth of 14 meters. There, they will have the opportunity to swim among more than 200 works of art that span an area of 2,500 square meters.
For divers and snorkelers
For non divers
For people who do not have a dive license, Dive College Lanzarote has a special program to visit the Museo Atlántico. This program consists of 1 try dive, a pool session to learn a few dive skills and a boat dive to Museo Atlántico. For the first dive Dive College Lanzarote explains the theory and you will do a dive from the shore together with an instructor. You are not allowed to go deeper than 6 meters on the first dive. After the pool session you are allowed to do a second dive to 12 meters of depth max. The Museo Atlántico is at 15 meters so Dive College Lanzarote can organize a dive there with a private guide to keep you at 12 meters. The total price for the two dives, the pool session and the entrance fee to the Museo Atlántico is 155 euro per person.