Explore Havana's Museums
With over 500 years of history to explore, a trip to Havana's museums is essential in discovering the rich heritage of Cuba's capital city.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, Havana's historic centre boasts diverse architecture; you'll find buildings in colonial, baroque and art-deco genres, along with many monuments. Founded by the Spanish in the 16th century, Havana became a fashionable city in the early 19th century as trade increased between Caribbean and North American states. Its exotic appeal peaked in the 1930's with a thriving glamorous nightlife. The museums of Havana document this history in absorbing detail.
The City Museum is located in the former palace of the Capitan Generals. A number of the most important events in Cuba's history actually took place in this building, including the ceremony that marked the end of Spanish domination.
The Museum of the Revolution is in what was the presidential palace of Cuban leaders prior to the revolution in 1959. The beautiful building (its interior was designed by Tiffany of New York) now houses a detailed exhibition outlining events that led to Fidel Castro gaining control of Cuba.
Further attractions include the Arab House, and the Car Museum. The life of Jose Marti, a Cuban National Hero who was dedicated to political independence for the country is documented, and in the Museum of Colonial Art you can view a depiction of the art style developed during colonisation in furniture, glassware and porcelain, with further cultural displays at the Museum of Fine Arts. The Basilica of St Frances of Assisi is located in a convent that dates back to 1734. Havana is also well known for a few other products - and consequently boasts museums dedicated to rum and cigars!
This excursion includes an insightful tour of the historical centre and the opportunity to visit two of the aforementioned museums.
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Enjoy a colourful blend of exceptional Cuban entertainment with a visit to the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana (more commonly referred to as La Cabana) where you will witness a ceremony dating back to colonial times and which signalled the official curfew and closure of the gates in the city wall. After that you will be taken to enjoy delicious mojitos in La Bodeguita del Medio and you will finish off your tour with the best Cuban-Latin jazz musicians in the emblematic La Zorra y el Cuervo jazz club. This tour combines some of the most fantastic aspects of Cuba in one. The Jazz and Tradition excursion is memorable in every way and a must-do, particularly for true jazz lovers. Dig the roots of Cuban culture by exploring authentic venues hosting events that you will not want to miss.
There is no place on earth quite like the Tropicana Cabaret. It is a haven of dancing beauties, dazzling lights and enthralled guests, all set in an enticing six acres of tropical grounds. Legends have sung and danced here, visitors have flocked here from all over the world since the cabaret's creation in1939 and still the Tropicana continues to attract fun-loving guests, thanks to its dynamic shows, beautiful dancers, and unparalleled reputation.
Take an alternative look at the wonderful, historic city of Havana with this fascinating day tour, combining the highlights of the capital with the tranquillity and serene natural beauty of Cuba's National Botanical Gardens. Contrasting with the busy metropolis, the gardens offer visitors a fantastic opportunity to discover a wealth of natural treasures and the green side of Havana.
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