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Museums

There are 265 museums spread across the country, focusing on history, the Revolution, music, natural science, colonial and ornamental art, weapons, cars, religion, tobacco, rum and sugar.

Explore the Caribbean’s finest art collection at Havana’s Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes [National Museum of Fine Arts].

In Santiago, see Cuba’s only Egyptian mummy at the Museo Emilio Bacardí, one of Cuba’s oldest museums founded in 1899 by Emilio Bacardi y Moreau.

Trinidad - affectionately known as Cuba's 'museum city' – offers a glimpse of a beautifully preserved 19th century sugar town, complete with cobblestone streets, colonial palaces and remnants of sugar mills and slave barracks.

Learn about the world’s most famous revolutionary at the Monumento Ernesto Che Guevara in Villa Clara, which houses a museum dedicated to his life and achievements, as well as the mausoleum containing his remains.


Baracoa

Museo Arqueológico (Paradise Cave Archaeological Museum)

Museo Arqueológico

What a novel idea: a museum about caves located inside of a cave. This museum located inside Las Cuevas del Paraíso, 800 metres south of Hotel El Castillo, displays a wealth of Taino Indian artifacts.

Museo Municipal

Museo Municipal

This museum located inside the Spanish fortress Fuerte Matachín features a brief history of Baracoa.


Camagüey

Casa Finlay

Casa Finlay

Peruse exhibits highlighting the life and professional achievements of Dr. Carlos J. Finlay, who discovered how mosquitoes transmit yellow fever. The famous Cuban doctor was born here in 1833.

Nicolas Guillén House

Nicolas Guillén House

This poetry-themed museum is located in the house where Guillén, the former National Poet of Cuba, was born in 1902.This poetry-themed museum is located in the house where Guillén, the former National Poet of Cuba, was born in 1902.

Museo Casa Natal de Ignacio Agramonte

Museo Casa Natal Ignacio Agramonte

Visit the house where Cuban patriot Ignacio Agramante was born in 1841, Built in the 18th century, the building now contains a museum dedicated to his life and achievements. A highlight is the colonial-style patio.

Ignacio Agramonte Provincial Museum

Ignacio Agramonte Provincial Museum

Housed inside the former Cavalry Garrison, built in 1848, the museum features furniture collections, as well as local and natural history displays.

Fábrica de Violines

Fábrica de Violines

Artisans carve beautiful violins out of hardwood at this factory in Minas, located northeast of Camagüey.


Cayo Largo

Museo Finca El Abra (Isla de la Juventud)

Visit the colonial farmhouse where José Marti endured his house arrest in 1870.

Casa Museo

Explore artifacts and exhibits about Cayo Largo’s commercial, cultural and social history.


Cienfuegos

Museo Histórico Naval Nacional

Museo Histórico Naval Nacional

Take in some local history at this museum located inside of the former headquarters of the Distrito Naval del Sur (1950).


Granma

Museo Municipal (Yara)

Museo Municipal

The town of Yara operated as an integral supply centre during the revolutionary war in the 1950s. This museum houses plenty of interesting artifacts and documents related to Yara’s unique history.

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Monumento Nacional Los Cayuelos (Niquero)

Monumento Nacional Los Cayuelos

Visit the small fishing community of Niquero to see this monument honouring the victims of the Granma landing, who were killed by Batista’s troops in 1956.

Museo La Demajagua (Manzanillo)

Museo La Demajagua

See where Carlos Manuel de Céspedes freed his slaves and rang the bell to declare Cuba’s Independence in 1868 at this former sugar mill near Manzanillo. Learn about the historic events at the small museum here.

Museo de Cera (Bayamo)

Museo de Cera

For something completely different, stop by this wax museum that features waxworks of famous Cubans like Benny Moré and Polo Montañez.

Museo Ñico López (Bayamo)

See remnants of the historic battle of July 26, 1953, when the Cuban rebel army faced off against the oppressor army. The museum is named after Ñico López, who headed one of the squadrons.

Museo Casa Natal de Carlos Manuel de Céspedes (Bayamo)

Museo Casa Natal de Carlos Manuel de Céspedes

This colonial house is one of the oldest in Bayamo, built in the early 19th century. Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, known as the Father of our Homeland, was born here on April 18, 1819. Browse artifacts, art and furniture that belonged to this national hero.

Museo Provincial (Bayamo)

Museo Provincial

Time your visit to this museum – which features artifacts and documents from the Fire of 1869 – to coincide with the piano concert held here every third Sunday.


Havana

Real Fábrica de Tabacos Partagás

Real Fábrica de Tabacos Partagás

Admire the skill with which the experts hand-roll those famous Montecristos and Cohibas at one of Havana's oldest cigar factories.

Museo de la Ciudad

Museo de la Ciudad

One of Cuba’s most comprehensive museums is located inside the formidable Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, in the Plaza de Armas.

Museo de la Revolución

Museo de la Revolución

Located in the former Presidential Palace, this museum features artifacts from Cuba's pre-Columbian history right through to the Revolution. Be sure to see the Salón de los Espejos, a hall of mirrors reminiscent of Versailles.

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Parque Histórica Militar Morro-Cabaña (Morro-Cabaña Historic Military Park)

Parque Histórica Militar Morro-Cabaña (Morro-Cabaña Historic Military Park)

Cuba’s military history comes alive at the two museums located here. The park contains El Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro (The Castle of the Three Kings of El Morro), built in 1630, and the fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña, from 1774. Don't miss the firing of the cannons, a traditional ceremony complete with soldiers in old-style uniforms, nightly at 9pm.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts)

Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman art, as well as European and (of course) Cuban masters makes this easily the finest collection in the Caribbean.

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Holguin

Galería Holguín

Galería Holguín

Features local artists and their work, monthly.

Galería Holguín

Museo Indocubano Baní

Museo Indocubano Baní

This museum in the town of Banes arguably houses one of Cuba’s best collections of artifacts. One of the museum’s biggest draws is the golden fertility idol discovered near the town.

Museo Chorro de Maíta

Explore one of the Guardalavaca area’s almost-100 archeological sites. This museum encompasses the remnants of a 16th century village and cemetery.

Museo de Historia Provincial

Museo de Historia Provincial

See why this neo-classical building on the northern side of Holguín’s bustling Parque Calixto García has been designated as a national monument. The former Spanish army barracks were built over 1860-1868, and now house a museum featuring the Hacha de Holguín, an axe-head from the 1400s that bears a striking resemblance to a man’s head, as one of its most esteemed exhibits.


Las Tunas

Museo Provincial General Vincente García

This museum was built on the site of the first Las Tunas settlement. Its exhibits feature art, natural sciences and provincial history.

Memorial a los Mártires de Barbados

Learn about the victims of the tragic Cubana Flight 455, which was destroyed by terrorists in 1976. This museum is situated in the former home of Olympic fencer Carlos Leyva Gonzalez, who was aboard the ill-fated flight along with the rest of the Cuban fencing team.


Peninsula de Zapata

Museo Girón

Museo Girón

Explore the tanks, weapons and a Cuban air force plane on display at this military museum. It also houses relics of the Bay of Pigs invasion, as well as a photographic collection about the historic event marking the first defeat of Imperialism in Latin America.

Museo Memorial

Museo Memorial

See where Fidel Castro set up his headquarters during the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion. This museum is located in what was once a part of the Central Australia sugar factory.


Pinar del Río

Museo de Ciencias Naturales Sandalio de Noda

Museo de Ciencias Naturales Sandalio de Noda

See for yourself why some call this the strangest building in Cuba. The mansion was built by a local doctor, Francisco Guasch, and now houses a natural science collection that includes a stuffed baby giraffe.

Cueva de los Portales

Cueva de los Portales

Items once used by revolutionary hero Ernesto Che Guevara are housed in this small museum, located inside a cave.


Santa Lucia

Casa Finlay

Casa Finlay

Peruse exhibits highlighting the life and professional achievements of Dr. Carlos J. Finlay, who discovered how mosquitoes transmit yellow fever. The famous Cuban doctor was born here in 1833.

Nicolas Guillén House

Nicolas Guillén House

This poetry-themed museum is located in the house where Guillén, the former National Poet of Cuba, was born in 1902.This poetry-themed museum is located in the house where Guillén, the former National Poet of Cuba, was born in 1902.

Museo Casa Natal de Ignacio Agramonte

Museo Casa Natal Ignacio Agramonte

Visit the house where Cuban patriot Ignacio Agramante was born in 1841, Built in the 18th century, the building now contains a museum dedicated to his life and achievements. A highlight is the colonial-style patio.

Ignacio Agramonte Provincial Museum

Ignacio Agramonte Provincial Museum

Housed inside the former Cavalry Garrison, built in 1848, the museum features furniture collections, as well as local and natural history displays.

Fábrica de Violines

Fábrica de Violines

Artisans carve beautiful violins out of hardwood at this factory in Minas, located northeast of Camagüey.


Santiago de Cuba

Museo Emilio Bacardí

Museo Emilio Bacardí

This is one of Cuba’s oldest museums, founded in 1899 by Emilio Bacardí y Moreau. Admire the extensive collection of mementos from Bacardi’s travels, including Cuba’s only Egyptian mummy.


Trinidad

Museo de Arquitectura Trinitaria

Museo de Arquitectura TrinitariaSee how Trinidad’s upper classes once lived by inspecting the domestic artifacts inside the former home of the prominent Iznaga family.

Museo Romántico

Museo RománticoExamine the elaborate period pieces on display at this museum located inside the Palacio Brunet.

Museo Histórico Municipal

Museo Histórico MunicpalStop by this mansion to see documents and maps related to the sugar trade, the slave trade and the War of Independence. From the top of the museum's tower, you'll get an unforgettable bird's-eye-view of the city.


Varadero

Museo Municipal de Oscar María de Rojas

Museo Municipal de Oscar María de Rojas

Pre-Columbian artifacts and a 19th-century hearse are among the treasures housed in this museum in Cárdenas, about 20 km east of Varadero.

Junco Palace Historical Museum

Junco Palace Historical Museum

Located in Plaza de la Vigía, in the heart of old Matanzas, this former military headquarters now houses a fascinating exhibition of ancient fire-fighting equipment.


Villa Clara

Monumento Ernesto Che Guevara

Monumento Ernesto Che Guevara

This bronze statue of Che Guevara was unveiled in 1987, 20 years after he was killed in Bolivia. This site also houses the mausoleum containing his remains, and a museum dedicated to his life and achievements.

Museo de las Parrandas Remedianas

Museo de las Parrandas Remedianas

Dedicated to the parrandas, popular fiestas deeply rooted in this Villa Clara’s town, as well as in other neighboring municipalities. It houses maquettes, costumes, lanterns and other items used in these activities, as well as photos, musical instruments, etcetera.

Museo de Música Alejandro García Caturla

Museo de Música Alejandro García Caturla

Discover mementos from the famous Cuban composer García Caturla’s life at this commemorative museum in Remedios.

Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado

Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado

Explore this distinctive boxcar museum in Santa Clara. It documents the day in December, 1958 when Che Guevara and 18 revolutionaries derailed an armoured train, with the resulting surrender of its passenger troops.