The Museum of Ibero-American Crafts of Tenerife (MAIT), which depends on the Department of Socioeconomic Development, Employment and External Action of the Cabildo de Tenerife, will reopen its doors this Monday, May 18, coinciding with the celebration of International Museum Day, and after the two-month break caused by confinement due to the global Coivd-19 pandemic.
“The MAIT resumes its activity, always complying with the established security protocols, to offer its cultural and anthropological proposal to the citizens of the island. The museum, which is located in La Orotava, will also launch this Monday the opening of the virtual door, an online visit with which you can visit all the rooms and discover the treasures that the Museum keeps and guards, highlighting great, unique pieces , worked with love, with a refined technique and with a lot of imagination”, pointed out the area councilor Carmen Luz Baso.
In line with other museum centers on the island, the MAIT reopens, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day of the week, with capacity limited to a third of the usual capacity and without cultural activities inside, its facilities after the authorization in force during phase 1 of the de-escalation. The visit to the center will be carried out individually or in groups and as long as the interpersonal safety distance of two meters is maintained.
“We are in front of a Museum that shows those handcrafted pieces that had a use, that were essential for life, many of them today in the process of disappearing or disappeared forever. They are unique pieces of great cultural value that are part of our past, present and future, and we invite the population to enjoy them,» said Carmen Luz Baso.
At the same time, on the same Monday three traditional crafts will be presented, traditional pottery, the rosette and tinsmithing of the past, through the museum’s social networks with the proposal «remembering our grandparents». These are small video clips that show the history and technique of each one and their influence on society. With this dissemination activity, it is sought that the new generations can value the importance that the artisan sector of the island of Tenerife has had and has. This activity will take place the week of May 18 to 22, and during that week an attempt will be made to interact with the users of the social networks that are friends of the museum.