Top 5 museums of Trinidad

Neoclassical decoration, Municipal History Museum, photo by kudumomo/flickr

The small city, Trinidad de Cuba is famous for its several museums. Also known as Cuba’s Museum City, Trinidad is situated in the province of Sancti Spíritus, in the central part of Cuba. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988. The city is home to an amazing collection of museums, most of which present objects relating to the town’s 500 years of history. All of these museums are set in beautiful buildings, pearls of colonial architecture, located within the UNESCO-listed old quarter. Tourists who visit the city usually say it is a museum in itself. The city is small enough to be toured in a couple of hours. If you decide to visit Trinidad, I suggest you spend a few hours visiting only its popular and magnificent museums.

 

Museum of History

This museum is housed in a fantastic mansion. The building presents a lot of 19th century artifacts. The Museum of History is located nearby the historic centre of the town named Plaza Mayor. It provides information about the Borrell family who lived here in the past and antique decorations and furnishings. This museum is very popular with visitors, thus it is recommended to visit it in the morning hours to skip the crowds. You can also climb its tower for a great view over the old town. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 09:00 to 17:00. (July 2012)

 

View over Trinidad from the tower of Museo Historico, photo by jodastephen/flickr

 

Romantic Museum

Another spectacular attraction of Trinidad is the Romantic Museum (Museo Romantico) which is also housed in a gorgeous mansion named the Palacio Brunet. The building dates back in the 1740’s. It houses exhibitions of 18th century antiques and also presents objects relating to the lives of wealthy slave-owners during the town’s mid-colonial period. The Romantic Museum of Trinidad was established in the 1970s. There is also a souvenir shop here where you can purchase presents for your family and friends. It can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, from 09:30 to 17:00. (July 2012)

Museum of Colonial Architecture

 

Situated in the historic centre of Trinidad (Plaza Mayor), it is located in one of the most spectacular colonial palaces of the town. The palace was once the home of the Sanchez Iznaga family and was built in 1738, containing spectacular 18th century artifacts. The Museum of Colonial Architecture is dedicated to the famous architecture of colonial Trinidad. The museum is open from Saturday to Thursday, from 09:00 to 17:00. (July 2012)

 

Municipal History Museum

 

The impressive Cantero Palace houses the Municipal History Museum of Trinidad, which contains fascinating exhibition of objects relating to the founding and development of the town. The gorgeous collection includes many art works, exhibits relating to the history of Cuba, the fight for independence in the region and the sugar cane industry. The museum is open from Saturday to Thursday, from 09:00 to 17:00. (July 2012)

 

Neoclassical decoration, Municipal History Museum, photo by kudumomo/flickr

Museum of Archaeology and Natural Sciences

 

Another beautiful colonial mansion houses Trinidad’s Guamuhaya Archaeological Museum. It includes collections of pre-Columbian cultural relics and exhibits of Cuban fauna and flora. Visiting the museum, you will have the occasion to admire stuffed animals and skeletons, as well as a 19th century kitchen. It can be visited from Saturday to Thursday, from 09:00 to 17:00. (July 2012)

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