Few countries in Latin America are as rich with museums and galleries as Cuba. From museums dedicated to the natural sciences to galleries showcasing world-renown artists (the National Arts Museum in Havana's Palacio de Bellas Artes has an impressive collection featuring works by Rodin, Picasso, Renoir and other masters), the quality and quantity of Cuba's museums is impressive. Often equally as impressive is the museum or gallery building itself. Many centuries old mansions have been transformed into breathtaking historical spaces.
Most museums are presented primarily in Spanish; however, a good number of the larger museums (especially those in Havana) have English-speaking tour guides available. It's also important to note that many of the museums are closed on Mondays.
Cubans take great pride in their museums, and with good reason.
Africa House Museum
Casa de Africa, or the Africa House Museum, was founded in 1986, in a colonial palace in Old Havana, with its mission to bring the rich history and culture of Africa, to Cuba.
There are valuable collections from 26 African countries, based on the collection of the prestigious researcher Fernando Ortiz and on the African Collection of Castro, himself. The institution does research on the countries represented in its collections, especially those (and there are many) that had a direct influence on Cuba's culture. The Africa House Museum is an important center of study, as well as a place where researchers, ethnologists, linguists and students of African and Afro-Cuban history can present their findings.
Address: Calle Obrapia No. 157 e/ Mercaderes Y San Ignacio, La Habana Vieja.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 14:30 to 18:30. Sundays: 09:00 to 13:00. Closed Mondays
The Arab Museum
The old colonial home that houses The Arab Museum, in the very heart of Old Havana, is itself a great example of the strong Moorish influence on Cuban architecture since the 18th century.
The red-brick arcade, the form of the ceilings and galleries, and the ample inner patio decked with plants and flowers epitomize the Mudejar construction style brought over to Cuba by Spanish master builders. The halls boast marquetry pieces with ivory and precious wood inlays; practical and sumptuous robes worn by Saharan nomads; remarkable camel saddles; exquisite rugs and tapestries, and an exact replica of an Arab market place.
Also on display is one of Nature's wonders: a desert rose, a calcareous formation resembling a flower that occurs on sandy soils when evaporation causes salts to concentrate. Eighteenth and nineteenth century weapons, gold and silver plated and with intricate ornaments, form one of the most complete collections in the country.
Also of note, The Arab House is the only place in Havana which houses a Moslem prayer room (complete with the Koran and other religious objects), open to local and foreign believers.
Address: Calle Oficlos e/ Obispo y Obrapia, Habana Vieja
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 14:30-18:30, 19:00-21:45. Sundays: 09:00 to 13:00. Closed Mondays
Colonial Art Museum
The Colonial Art Museum, built in 1720, is located on Cathedral Square, one of the most beautiful and best preserved squares in Old Havana. The building was once the home of Don Luis Chacon, a Havana-born colonial who had the rare privilege of being Military Governor of Cuba, a position reserved typically for Spaniards, on three occasions.
The museum's rooms and halls exhibit a representative collection of the decorations and furnishings of the great colonial mansions of Havana in the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as architectural elements such as the stained-glass arches (a sort of multicolored fan crowning doors an windows) which are one of the most beautiful expressions of Cuban colonial architecture.
Address: San Ignacio No.61, Plaza de la Catedral, La Habana Vieja
Open: Mondays, Wednesday to Saturday: 09:00 to 17:00. Sundays: 09:00 to 13:00. Closed Tuesdays.
Cuban Postal Museum
This interesting museum, specializing in philately (the collection and study of postage stamps, postmarks, and related materials) and the history of the postal service. The museum exhibits old writing instruments and valuable documents of the Cuban post, including the libro de cuentas (the ledger) used by Cuba's first Director of the Mail in the year 1765. Stamp collectors will be thrilled to see what is considered to be the world's first postage stamp, the famous "one-penny black," first circulated on May 6, 1840, in England.
Among the interesting exhibits on display is the "postal rocket," which gave rise to an issue of stamps for "rocket mail." On October 15, 1936, a group of enthusiastic stamp lovers launched a solid-propellant rocket containing a parcel of correspondence. While the experiment had no practical consequences, it did go down in history as the first attempt to use rocket propulsion to speed up mail delivery.
The Postal Museum also has a rich collection of stamps of the world and a specialized room devoted to Cuban stamps. There is a shop where visitors may buy stamps, albums and other accessories.
Address: Ave. de Rancho Boyeros e/ 19 de Mayo y 20 de Mayo, Plaza de la Revolucion, Habana.
Open: Monday to Friday: 1 0:00 to 17:00. Closed Saturdays and Sundays
Ethnographic Museum (House of Fredi)
The building that houses the Ethnographic Museum was once the home of the Santero Mayor of Madruga, a town near the City of Havana. In this very house, the Babalawo (Priests of the Santeria religion) initiated more than 400 persons from all over the country Into the mysteries of the Regla de Ocha, making them "God children" of the various Santos (Yoruba deities). Every September 12, they would gather on the porch and depart on some of the most impressive processions the town has ever seen, carrying the statue of Our Lady of Charity (equivalent of Ochun in the Yoruba pantheon) and winding up in a spectacular festivity where the drums and the dancing went on until sunrise.
At the Ethnographic Museum, or House of Fredi, there is an admirable communion between religious objects and works of art which, in the opinion of experts, might very well be one of the finest collections in the world.
The entire symbolic system of the Afro-Cuban ritual is present in the different religious objects in the collection. No one can remain indifferent to the aesthetic qualfties of the religious objects made by this Babalawo. There are beautiful "power" necklaces, bracelets, staffs of command, scepters, swords, double-headed axes, ornate cauldrons, altars and images, all rich with symbolism, vitality and imagination.
The house still retains the impression of a place of respect, despite the fact that its doors are open to visitors at any time of the day. The "House of Fredi" is still a sacred place for all.
Address: Pueblo de Madruga, La Habana.
Open: Monday to Sunday: 09:00 to 17:00
The Carlos J. Finlay Historical Museum of Sciences
The building now occupied by the museum was once the venue of the Royal Academy of Medical, Physical and Natural Sciences of Havana as of 1868, and six years later it becase Cuba's first museum, inaugurated on May 19, 1874 under the auspices of the Royal Academy.
The Carlos J. Finlay Historical Museum of Sciences inherited all the collections in these two previous institutions as well as the building, declared a National Monument because of the many historic events that took place under its roof, among them Dr. Carlos J. Finlay's presentation of his thesis announcing to the world the discovery of the vector of yellow fever, as well as a public presentation by Alben Einstein on the occasion of his visit to Cuba.
The halls of the museum show the antecedents of Cuban science, the history of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Havana and the role played by members of the medical profession in the wars for independence. There is also a 19th-century pharmacy, a scientific laboratory of the same epoch and a synthesis of international science.
Among the museum's other assets are a picture collection and a valuable library containing over 95 thousand volumes, a historical archive that holds 19th-century manuscripts, and many of Carlos J. Finlay's personal belongings.
Address: Calle Cuba no. 460, Amargura y Brasil, Habana Vieja
Open: Monday to Saturday: 08:00 to 11:30, 13:30 to 17:00. Closed Sundays
No one knows exactly when Guanabacoa was founded, but it is one of the oldest European settlements in Cuba. It simply grew around a thriving pre-Columbian Indian settlement and eventually became absorbed into the urban conglomerate of Havana. The archaeological pieces from the period are among the most important in the collection and the Guanabacoa Museum itself is considered a jewel among Cuba's museums.
There are also important documents, weapons and objects that attest to the fierce resistance put up by its people to the occupation of Havana by the English in 1762 and their participation in the independence struggles of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Foreign visitors are particularly attracted by its ethnographic collection of objects of Afro-Cuban religions, which are very important among the people of Guanabacoa. A number of rooms are devoted to the sacred objects of the three main syncretic religions: Regla de Ocha, better known as Santeria; Regla de Palo or Palo-Monte; and the Abakua Secret Society, religions with extraordinary mythologies, musical expressions, dances and crafts.
The Munanso room, where the Babalawo or priest performs his divination rituals surrounded by altars with African deities represented by Catholic saints, is of special interest, as are the richly ornate "offering pots" and the representations of Eleggua, staring from the corners with their nacre eyes.
Address: Calle Marti No. 1 08 e/ Versalles y San Antonio, Guanabacoa.
Open: Mondays and Wednesday to Saturday:10:30 to 18:00. Closed Tuesdays
Haydee Santamaria Latin-America Gallery
This institution, belonging to the Casa de las Americas, has assembled, through donations, a valuable collection of Latin American art, made up of over 6,000 pieces of sculpture, paintings, engravings, photographs and popular art. It also comprises a silk-screen shop which reproduces representative works of artists of Latin America and the Caribbean, for dissemination to a broader public. Each exhibit is kept for one year and alternates with the exhibits of the Joven Estampa prize and the Photo Essay prize. The Gallery also organizes video and film screenings, concerts, recitals, theater, dance and meetings with creative artists.
Address: Calle G e/ 3ra. y 5ta., Vedado.
Open: Monday to Friday: 10:00 to 17:00. Closed Saturdays and Sundays
Ernest Hemingway Museum
La Vigia, Hemingway's country house in San Francisco de Paula, on the outskirts of Havana, has been preserved exactly as the great American writer left it when he went on his last trip. Every single object, souvenir, hunting trophy, book and piece of furniture has been zealously preserved as an important part of the cultural heritage of Cuba and the world. Collections include personal belongings, books, documents and photographs.
Address: Finca La Vigia, San Francisco de Paula.
Open: Wednesday to Saturday: 09:00 to 16:00. Sundays: 09:00 top 12:00. Closed Tuesdays and rainy days.
The Humor Museum, housed in a beautiful 19th centuiry colonial home, is devoted to the conservation, study and dissemination of graphic (printed, or literary) humor. The museum was opened in 1979, when San Antonio hosted the first Humor Biennial as a tribute to Marcos Behemaras, a great Cuban humorist. Since then, the institution has been home to these popular international humor festivals.
The museum comprises a visual tour of Cuban graphic humor from the first extant Cuban caricature (1848) to the present. Additionally, the courtyard often hosts cultural, musical, literary and cinema activities connected with humor.
Address: Calle 60 esq. Ave. 45, San Antonio de los Baños.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 14:00 to 19:00, Sundays: 09:00 to 13:00. Closed Mondays
Jose Marti's Birth Place
This museum occupies the small, modest house where Jose Marti, a national Cuban hero, was born on January 28, 1853. In addition to his revolutionary pursuits, Marti was also one of the most outstanding masters of Latin American literature in the 19th century, a poet of sensitivity and an incisive journalist.
When he was forced to leave Cuba because of his revolutionary ideas, Marti lived in several countries in Latin America, Spain and the United States. He founded the Cuban Revolutionary Party, the organization that planned and led the last war for independence, which broke out on February 24, 1895 under his leadership. Marti was killed in action on May 19, 1895.
The museum, which opened on January 28, 1925, contains many of Marti's personal belongings, manuscripts, documents, articles, books and other items.
Address: Calle Leonor Perez (Paula) No.314, La Habana Vieja, walking distance from the Central Railroad Station.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 1 0:00 to 18:00. Sundays: 09:00 to 12:45. Closed Mondays
The Wilfredo Lam Center
The Wilfredo Lam Center is an institution devoted to the research and dissemination of the visual arts from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Its work is essentially aimed at the countries of the so-called Third World, and at the study and dissemination of the paintings of Wifredo Lam, a hugely popular 20th century Cuban master.
Another important function of the center is to compile and classify up-to-date information on the visual arts for artists, critics, researchers and the public at large. It has a substantial bibliographical and documentary collection and maintains exchange relations with similar centers in Cuba and throughout the world.
The Lam Center also sponsors the Havana Biennial, an renowned exhibit intended to foster the development of the visual arts in Third World countries. The Biennial comprises exhibits,workshops, meetings, debates and a series of cultural activities.
Address: Calles Oficio y Acosta, La Habana Vieja.
Open: Monday to Friday: 08:30 to 16:30, Alternate Saturdays: 08:30 to 16:30. Closed Sundays
Montane Antropological Museum
The Montane Museum is devoted to Cuban archaeology. The museums focuses on exhibits that attest to the material culture of the Indian communities that inhabited pre-Hispanic Cuba, particularly the Siboney and Arawak (Taino and sub-Taino) horizons. There are a number of Indian utensils, such as the guano and the guayo, that passed into the popular tradition of Cuba, as well as work instruments and Arawak vases, delicate expressions of these agricultural cultures and examples of the spiritual wealth of the earliest cultural roots of Cuba.
Address: Plaza Ignacio Agramonte, Universidad de la Habana
Open: Monday to Friday : 09:00 to 12:00, 14:00 to 16:00. Alternate Saturdays: 09:00-12:00, 14:00-16:00. Closed Sundays
Morro - Cabaña Historical Military Park
"Whoever is master of this hill will be master of Havana" was the assessment made of the location of the Morro - La Cabaña fortress complex more than 400 years ago by Antonelli, the engineer who designed the defense system of Colonial Havana. The English, following Antonelli's appraisal to the letter, took Morro Castle by storm in 1762 and proceeded to occupy Havana, and when the Spanish regained possession of the city they ensured that would never happen again by building the most powerful fortress in the Americas.
This fortress, together with Morro Castle (Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro), make up the Morro - Cabaña Historical Military Park, the most extensive museum in the country. Morro Castle is, in ftself, a museum piece that reveals the solutions of renaissance architecture applied to military strategy.
The fortress of San Carlos and San Severino de La Cabaña holds the most important collection of antique weapons in the country: a full-scale medieval catapult and battering ram; double-curved swords of Southeast Asia; the Indian Katar, a fearsone three-bladed dagger; the venerable katanas of the samurai; ornate Arabian rifles; and an entire battery of cannon cast in Seville in the 18th century.
When Havana was a walled cfty, every night at 9:00 p.m. La Cabaña fortress would fire one of fts cannon to announce the closing of the doors, a tradition preserved by the people of Havana to this very day. The impressive view from Morro Castle or La Cabaña takes in the entire harbor and the skyline of the cfty.
Address: Carretera de la Cabaña, on the far side of the harbor entrance.
Open: Monday to Sunday: 09:00 to 20:00. Mondays and Tuesdays: 21:00 Cannon Ceremony
Municipal Museum of Regla
The territory now occupied by Regla and Casablanca, on the far side of Havana Harbor, was the site of an Indian settlement in the 16th century. A hundred years later, a pious landowner donated land near the sea for the shrine of Our Lady of Regla, the nucleus of the future town. The Municipal Museum contains the history of the founding and development of Regla, one of the towns in Cuba that has done most for the preservation of its traditions.
People from Regla participated in all the country's independence struggles in the 19th and 20th centuries, illustrious and noble fighters for freedom whose documents, weapons, pictures and personal belongings have been preserved for posterity.
The rooms devoted to religious syncretism center on the worship of Yemaya, patron goddess of Havana Harbor, whose festival is celebrated on September 7 with a procession along the streets of Regia. The collection includes sacred objects, attributes and religious pieces. A special place has been reserved for the mysterious Tabla de lfa and its shells, an ancient divining instrument.
Address: Calle Marti No.158 e/ Facciolo y La Piedra,Regla.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 09:00 to 18:00. Sundays: 09:00 to 13:00. Closed Mondays.
Museum of the Castle of the Royal Forces
This museum is located in the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, the oldest colonial fortress in the Americas (1577) built, according to the military engineering practice of the times, with massive bulwarks, studded with cannon, bombards and culverins (many of them still in place) and a moat to protect it from the enemy.
The fortress was the official residence of the Captains General until 1791. Atop the "Tribute Tower," former belfry and look-out point, we find a world-famous statue that is the symbol of Havana, La Giraldilla, a graceful female figure representing Doña Isabel de Bobadilla the first woman governor of Cuba (the figure was cast in bronze and served as a wind vane for ships entering the harbor).
After a long history as a fortress, Governor's residence, library and archive, in 1977, on its 400th anniversary, it was declared a National Monument and now houses a specialized Cuban ceramics collection. Collections include works by Amelia Pelaez, Wilfredo Lam, Rene Portocarrero, Rodriguez de Cruz, and many of Cuba's greatest ceramics artists.
Address: Calle Tacon e/ Obispo y O'Reilly, La Habana Vieja.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 11:30 to 17:30. Sundays: 09:00 to 12:00. Closed Mondays.
Museum of the City of Havana
The Museum of the City was installed in the Palace of the Captains General, the stately baroque residence of the colonial Governors of Cuba for more than 100 years and the most impressive building on the Plaza de Armas (the former Parade Grounds). This palace, built in 1791, was the seat of colonial power until1898, when the Republic was created. Between 1902 and 1920, it was the official residence of the Presidents of the Republic, and from 1920 to 1950, the headquarters of the City Government of Havana. The museum's collections provide a panoramic view of the history of the city from the founding to the present. The most important rooms are devoted to the Cuban wars for national independence.
The "Hall of Flags" contains the original Cuban flag and the one flown by Carlos Manuel de Cespedes when he began the first war for independence in 1868, as well as a number of flags used by the Spanish colonial government in Cuba. The art collection contains objects, paintings, porcelains, silver, bronzes and furniture of great historical value and beauty.
Address: Calle Tacon e/ Obispo y O'Reilly, Habana Vieja.
Open:Tuesday to Saturday: 11:30 to 17:00. Sundays: 09:00 to 12:00. Closed Mondays.
Museum of Decorative Arts
Installed in the sumptuous former mansion of the Countess of Revilia de Camargo, this museum exhibits an amazing collection of valuable pieces and works of art.
The most varied samples of the applied arts are shown in the permanent and temporary exhibits: the fine cabinet work and joinery of French and English furniture in the styles prevalent in the 18th century; original collections of Meissen, Sevres, Wedgewood and Faillance china; collections of Oriental porcelains; and Bacarat, Venetian and Catalonian crystal.
A rug woven by hand in 1772 by Franchis Carolus Romanus is one of the museum's most treasured pieces. There is also and important collection of Chinese screens, including an outstanding 17th-century Coromandel.
Address: Calle 17 No.502 e/ D y E, Vedado
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 1 1:00 to 18:30. Sundays: 09:00 to 13:00. Closed Mondays
Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1913 and transferred to its present location in 1955. Originally it comprised archaeology, ethnography, history, painting and sculpture, but is now specialized in the fine arts.
The museum has three collections Cuban art from the 17th century to the present, with works by Miguel Melero, Estaban Chartrand, Armando Menocal, Victor Manuel, Portocarrero, Wifredo Lam, Servando Cabrerra, Amelia Pelaez and others. European Painting: originals by Rubens, Murillo, Zurbaran, Velazquez, Goya, Hans Memling and others.
The Museum also houses Cuba's finest collection of ancient art: Egyptian, Greek and Floman pieces in Latin America, including funerary portraits from Al Fayyum of the 2nd to the 4th centuries.
Address: Calle Trocadero entre Agramonte (Zulueta) y Ave. de las Misiones (Monserrate), La Habana Vieja.
Open: Wednesday to Sunday: 09:00 to 17:00. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History is the most important and largest institution of its kind in the country, with rooms devoted to the flora and fauna of Cuba and other parts of the world; rich collections of shells, insects and minerals; a general anthropology room and a valuable Cuban Indian archaeology room depicting the daily life of our Indians. This room contains a life-size reproduction of the cave at Punta del Este, Isle of Youth, declared a National Monument for its unique wall paintings. There is also a planetarium and the "Hall of the Cosmos."
The Museum is home to considerable educational and scientific extension work with the general population, as well as with the country's cultural and scientific institutions.
Address: Paseo de Marti (Paseo del Prado) entre Dragones y San Martin (San Jose), La Habana Vleja.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:15 to 17:45. Sundays: 09:15 to 12:45. Closed Mondays
Museum of the Revolution and Granma Memorial
The luxurious mansion that was the residence of the Presidents of the Republic between 1920 and 1960 now holds the Museum of the Revolution, devoted to the national rebellion of the Cuban people.
Its halls contain a detailed panorama of the country's struggles for national sovereignty in a historical discourse supported by abundant testimonial material made up of photographs, original documents, mock- ups, weapons, personal belongings of revolutionary fighters, recordings, videos and films.
Adjacent to the Museum is the "Granma Memorial," the immense glass case holding the yacht used by Fidel Castro and over 80 revolutionary fighters to return to Cuba from theirexile in Mexico. The landing took place on December 2, 1957, at a point on the southern coast of Oriente Province, and that was the.beginning of the Liberation War in the Sierra Maestra Mountains.
Address: Refugio No 1 e/ Monserrate y Zulueta, La Habana Vieja.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 13:00 to 18:00. Sundays: 10:00 to 13:00. Closed Mondays.
National Music Museum
The Music Museum is housed, since 1971, in a beautiful early 20th-century eclectic mansion with neoclassical elements. In its day, the house hosted interesting at-homes, where artists like Federico Garcia Lorca, Vicente Blasco Ibañez, Eduardo Zamacois, Maria Guerrero and Rene Dumesnil were known to participate.
The collections on exhibit offer a broad panorama of the development of music and musical instruments in Cuba from the16th century to the present. It also has a unique collection of original scores, old editions of musical documents, records, rare and curious instruments, works of art and books. The institution disseminates its research findings through lectures, exhibits, concerts and specialized publications.
In addition to the exhibits, visitors can also listen to music in the extensive record library, and consult specialized books and magazines.
Address: Calle Carcel No. 1 entre Agular y Habana
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 to 18:00. Sundays: 09:00 to 12:00. Closed Mondays.
Thousands of kilometers from France, it is our privilege to have one of the most complete collections of objects, weapons, works of art and personal belongings that were once the property of Napoleon Bonaparte, or that played a role in his life and times. This rich collection, acquired over the years by a wealthy figure in Cuban politics, Orestes Ferrara, at multi-million-dollar auctions in Europe and the United States, became part of the National Heritage in 1960. One year later, the collection (installed in the beautiful florentine Ferrara mansion, near the Havana University Campus) was opened to the public.
The exhibit rooms are organized following a chronology of the political and military events relating to the life of "The Great Corsican," beginning with the end of the Bourbon monarchy and spanning Napoleon's ascent to power, the splendor of the Empire, abdication and withdrawal to Elba, the return, Waterloo and exile in Saint Helena.
History flows through the objects on exhibit, the furnishings and decor, all in keeping with the changing fashions of the bourgeoisie in economically buoyant France. The monumental painting of "Bonaparte in the Bois de Boulogne," by Jean Baptiste Regnault, is exhibited together with ebony furniture and weapons in the Hall of the First Empire. Two other paintings, "The Return from the Island of Elba,' and "The Battle of Watedoo" are also on exhibit.
The pistols Bonaparte carried at the battle of Borodino, the hat and spy glass he used in Saint Helena, and a unique piece, his death mask, brought to Cuba by Dr. Francesco Antommarchi, the doctor who attended him to the end, are also part of the museum's priceless collection.
Address: Calle San Miguel No.1 159 esq. Ronda, Vedado, alongside the University of Havana.
Open: Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 12:00, 13:00-16:00. Alternate Saturdays: 09:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00. Closed Sundays
The most complete collection of Cuban coins is on exhibit in this museum located in the former Monte de Piedad, very near to the Plaza de Armas (Parade Grounds). The over 1,500 pieces are grouped in a historical chronology based on the different periods in the development of our nation: colonial, Republic in Arms, US intervention, insurrection and revolutionary Cuba.
Among the more interesting pieces in the collection are 20 very valuable gold coins. Also on exhibit are medals, decorations, tokens that were issued at sugar mills .for the "company store," paper money, bonds, lottery tickets, numismatic documents and counterfeits detected in the country. Some of the other collections include bills and coins from other parts of the world, some very old, valuable private collections and rare coins.
Address: Calle Oficlos No.8 e/ Obispo y Obrapia, Habana Vieja
Open:Tuesday to Saturday: 13:00 to 20:00. Sundays 09:00 to 13:00. Closed Mondays
An old episcopal palace still preserving the atmosphere of an 18th-century cloister holds the museum devoted to perfumes.
Perfumes have always been a predilection with Cubans. From the times grandmothers filled chests and wardrobes with aromatic mint leaves and vetiver, and families gathered in the inner courtyards under the fragrance of tropical trees, perfume was a pleasurable respite in a climate where summer is perennial. Hence, perfume has its museum, in a Sevillian courtyard with a fountain, a well and a grapevine.
The collections comprise a varied sample consisting of 19th-century perfume bottles found in archaeological excavations, different lines of perfume and toiletry from the early 20th century up to the present. There is a collection of French perfumes featuring the world famous Molinard line. The collection of Cuban perfumes includes the products of former rival industries: Gravi, Sabates and Crusellas, with its most famous line: Palmolive.
Address: Calle Oficios e/ Obispo y Obrapia, Habana Vieja
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 14:30 to 21:45. Sundays: 09:00 to 13:00. Closed Mondays
Felipe Poey Museum of Natural History
The museum's collection was compiled during the 19th century by the eminent Cuban scientist Felipe Poey and now occupies the ground floor of the Felipe Poey building on the campus of Havana University. It contains unique pieces, such as fish preserved personally by Poey in the first half of the 19th century, the smallest bird in the world, a stuffed specimen of an extinct species of pigeon, and 1 B endemic Cuban birds that are part of the country's largest collection. There are also
specimens of living fossils such as the alligator gar and exotic animals like the primitive almiqui.
This museum is of great historical and scientific importance because it was the fist of its kind in Cuba and because most of its specimens were collected personally by outstanding scientists like Don Carlos de la Torre, Grundlach, and Felipe Poey.
Address: Edificio "Felipe Poey", Planta Baja, Plaza Ignacio Agramonte, Universidad de la Habana, Vedado.
Open: Monday to Friday : 09:00 to 16:00. Closed Saturdays and Sundays.
Casa de Carmen Montilla
Calle Oficios e/ Amargura y Churruca,
La Habana Vieja
phone: (53 7) 33-8768
Casa Fundación Guayasamín
Calle Obrapía No. 112 e/ Oficios y Mercaderes
La Habana Vieja, phone: (53 7) 61-3843
Galería 23 y 12
Calle 12 esq. 23
Vedado, Ciudad de La Habana
phone: (53 7) 31-3339
Galería Ciudades del Mundo
Calle 25 esq. L, Vedado
Plaza de la Revolución, Ciudad de La Habana
phone: (53 7) 32-3175
Galería de Arte Latinoamericano "Haydee Santamaría"
Calle G e/ 3ra y 5ta
Vedado, Ciudad de La Habana
phone: (53 7) 32-4653
Calle Obispo No. 255 e/ Cuba y Aguiar
La Habana Vieja
phone: (53 7) 62-2103
Calle Línea No. 460 esq. F
Vedado, Ciudad de La Habana
phone: (53 7) 32-7101
Galería Horacio Ruíz
Calle Tacón No. 4
La Habana Vieja
Galería La Acacia
Calle San José No. 114 e/ Industria y Consulado
phone: (53 7) 61-3533 or 63-9364
Galería La Casona
Calle Muralla No. 107 esq. San Ignacio
La Habana Vieja
phone: (53 7) 62-2633
Galería Mariano Rodríguez
Calle 15 No. 607 e/ B y C,
Vedado, Plaza de la Revolución
Ciudad de La Habana
Galería Roberto Diago
Calle Muralla No. 107 esq. San Ignacio
La Habana Vieja
phone: (53 7) 62-2377
Galería Victor Manuel
Calle San Ignacio No. 56, Plaza de la Catedral
La Habana Vieja
phone: (53 7) 61-2955
Taller de Serigrafía René Portocarrero
Calle Cuba No. 513 e/ Teniente Rey y Muralla
La Habana Vieja