"Cuba has plenty of museums and
is a paradise for the cultural visitor"
There are plenty of museums, many of them are located in Havana. The most important are listed below.
Is located in Calle Refugio (Refugio street) between Calle Zulueta and Avenida las Misiones (Central Havana). The museum is housed in the former presidential palace. Documents, photos and memorabilia are exhibited about the Independence Wars with special attention to the final battles against dictator Batista. In the park in front of the entrance, the yacht "Granma" is installed surrounded by tanks used in the Bay of Pigs invasion, and parts of the US spyplane shot down with Soviet missiles.
This famous Havana museum is located on Trocadero street between Zulueta and Monserrate street. The museum houses an exceptional art collection of colonial and modern art, including modern Cuban paintings from Portocarrero and Wilfredo Lam.
Location: Avenida del Puerto, opposite the Sierra Maestra terminal. The museum is the home of the famous Havana Club rum (Fundación Distileria Havana Club) and displaysthe production of rum in a replica distillery. Opportunity to taste the different brands and special editions in the adjacent bar-restaurant. Guided tours and rum shop.
Located at the manor Finca la Vigia in San Fransico de Paula, 11km from Old Havana.
Finca la Vigia is the villa where Ernest Hemingway lived for twenty years. To preserve the collection visitors are not allowed inside the house, from the windows, his personal belongings, typewriter, hunting collection etc. can be seen.
A small house at Leonor Perez street is the birth place of Cuba's National Hero. The story of his life is shown with documents, photos and memorabilia.
The vintage car museum shows well maintained cars dating back to 1920, but of course the real vintage car museum is the open air museum of pre-revolutionary cars, Chevys, Chryslers and Buicks driving in the Havana streets.
Location Oficios street 254 Old Havana. Botanist Frederico Von Humboldt lived in this house. The museum contains reproductions of plants and insects collected during his travels.
This Cuban museum is located at the Palacio de los Capitaines Generales, Plaza de Armas, Old Havana (at the end of Obispo street) and shows the city's colonial heritage, the hall of mirors and the trone room are worth a visit.
Located on Obispo street, the museum shows a collection of rare coins and banknotes, included silver Spanish Reales dating from the 15th century.
Collection about history of Cuban chocolate but also tasting and production of Cuban chocolate.
The Havana Perfume museum and perfume shop located in Mercaderes street Old Havana not far from hotel Ambos Mundos.
National Museum of Decorative Arts
Location Calle 17 #502 Havana Vedado. The museum houses a collection of precious China wares, China vases and furniture.
Artistic Ceramic Museum
Location: Castillo de la Real Fuerza, calle O' Reilly, Old Havana. The museum displays a Cuban ceramic art collection.
National Museum of Music
Location: a beautiful mansion located at Cadevilla street, Old Havana.
An intresting collection of African drums, violins and other music instruments.
Napoleon Museum Cuba
Location: Calle San Miguel #1159 near Havana University. The museum shows an overview of the life of Napoleon Bonaparte with an extended collection of personal objects and a collection Sevres China.
Museum of Dance
Location: Calle G, corner Linea street. The museum is dedicated to the life of Alicia Alonso founder and leader of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and shows a collection of photos and personal items.
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