The underwater Museum Lanzarote ” Museo Atlántico” has been conceived as a place to promote education and preserve and protect the marine and natural environment as an integral part of the system of human values. Jason deCaires Tayor sends us a latent message in his work: the defence of the oceans.
This museum project will create a huge artificial reef made up of a series of pH neutral cement sculptures which, over time, will help the marine biomass flourish and facilitate the reproduction of species on the island.
The museum is located at approximately 12 metres depth, in clear waters off the south coast of Lanzarote, in the Bay of Las Coloradas. An area chosen primarily for the physical characteristics of the underwater environment, covering an area of 2,500 square meters that will be accessible for divers, and will become a focus of tourist and cultural attention.
The creation of the monumental Museo Atlántico project by artist Jason deCaires Taylor aspires to create a strong visual dialogue between art and nature. Designed with a conservationist approach to generate an artificial reef on a large scale, since its first installations in 2016, it has already achieved a considerable increase in rates of species generation and abundance, being currently frequented by angel sharks, barracuda banks, sardines, octopuses, sea sponges, and the occasional butterfly ray.
The museum, which occupies on área of 50 x 50 metres of sandy seabed devoid of life is built with environmentally friendly neutral pH materials, and all the pieces have been designed to adapt to endemic marine life.
The museum begins its journey in an entrance, and ends in an exit. It is formed by ten facilities that aspire to reflect the contemporaneity, making us question the use of natural resources.
Source: CACT Lanzarote
The Museo Atlántico is located approximately 12 meters deep and although there is the possibility of making the visit by snorkelling, if you are not a free diver we do not recommend it since the visibility of the water cannot always be guaranteed to ensure you to observe the sculptures in all their detail.
To visit the Museo Atántico underwater, if you are not a free diver then it is necessary to have a diving certification. If you don´t currently have a diving certification then there is the option to do a PADI Diving Course or at least to do a PADI Discover Scuba Dive (DSD) prior to the visit so that you are familiar with the underwater world and you can enjoy the experience with full safety and comfort.
I want to visit the Atlantic Museum and….
If you are already a certified diver then before visiting the museum we ask you to complete a first dive with us to ensure your comfort and control in the water. In total we will do 2 dives including the guided visit to the Museo Atlántico.
If you want to take advantage of your visit to the Museo Atlántico to qualify as a PADI diver, there are two course options which you can choose from to obtain your diver certification, the PADI Scuba Diver (SD) o el PADI Open Water Diver (OWD).
Enjoy the experience of visiting the only underwater Museum in Europe in complete safety by completing a PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) before your visit.
FAQ about Atlantic Museum
For a single dive there is an extra supplement of 38€ and for a double dive 48€. This is in addition to your guided dive price. The supplement covers the entrance fee to the Museo Atlántico and the boat transfers fee.
The minimum age for visiting the Museo Atlántico is 10 years old.
Access is via an authorised boat. Shore Diving is not permitted.
Scuba Diving is a physical activity. For safety reasons, all visitors should complete a medical questionnaire prior to the start of the activity to ensure that there is no physical incompatibility which may affect their participation.
Yes, provided the appropriate training is conducted prior to the visit.
You just have to book your visit with us. As an EOMA company, we take care of all the aspects related to the activity so that you only have to worry about enjoying the experience.
The Museo Atlántico operates from 10:00 until 16:00 Monday to Sunday. To visit the Museo Atlántico it is necessary to reserve your place a minimum of 7 days beforehand.
Undoubtedly the best way to enjoy the underwater world and specifically the Museo Atlántico is to do a dive course, but if for some reason you do not want to complete one or are unable to, then you can also visit it by completing training through the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience.
Usually it is, but there may be exceptions. What is required from the participation of the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience prior to visiting the Museo Atlántico is to learn the basic and to be comfortable under the water. If these objectives are not met, we will recommend the completion of a PADI course or to complete additional dives, according to each particular case. Above all, the customer’s safety is paramount.
There is the possibility of making the visit by snorkelling, however we have chosen not to offer this option. Unless you are a freediver, we do not believe we would be offering value for the trip as normally the visibility of the water will not allow you to observe the sculptures of the Atlantic Museum from 12 meters.
Yes, provided that non-divers complete one of the recommended PADI Courses or a PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) experience prior to visiting the Museo Atlántico. Sharing this experience with family or friends can be very rewarding!
At the moment it is not permitted to night dive at Museo Atlántico.