Visit Old Havana’s museums
Old Havana is a fantastic place to visit. There are innumerable tourist attractions in the historic centre of Havana which are must-see attractions. From museums to fortresses, from churches to historic buildings, this section of the city is abundant in tourist attractions. In some of the previous guides I have already presented you numerous aspects relating to Old Havana and its landmarks. Below I will present you the museums located in this area of the city. There are three fantastic museums in Old Havana: the Museum of the Revolution, the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Decorative Arts. Visit all the three, you won’t regret it.
The Museum of the Revolution
One of the most interesting and most famous museums in Havana and even in Cuba is the Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolución). Located in Old Havana, the museum is one of the most important visitor attractions of the historic centre of the city. It drags numerous tourists each year. The museum is housed in a magnificent building known as the Presidential Palace of Havana.
The beautiful palace was designed by the well-known Cuban architect Carlos Maruri in collaboration with Belgian architect Paul Belau. Large exhibits are devoted to the Cuban revolutionary war of the 1950’s and to the post-1959 history of the country. Smaller exhibitions of the museum are also devoted to pre-revolutionary Cuba. The museum is open to visitors daily from 10:00 to 17:00. (November 2013)
The National Museum of Fine Arts
Another extremely famous museum of Old Havana is the National Museum of Fine Arts. The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is actually housed in two magnificent old buildings of Old Havana, being main landmarks of it: the Palace of the Austrian Center and the Palace of Fine Arts. The museum presents one of the Caribbean region’s largest collections of paintings and sculpture. It gives home to about 45,000 of artworks.
The exhibitions housed in the Palace of Fine Arts are dedicated exclusively to Cuba Art collections. The Palace of the Austrian Center includes a large collection of European paintings and sculptures, including a collection of ancient art.
The Museum of Decorative Arts
The Museum of Decorative Arts is housed in the neo-classical mansion of the Countess of Revilla de Camargo. The building is also known as the “small French Palace of Havana”. Including ten permanent exhibition halls, the museum gives home to about 33,000 of works dating from 16th century to the 20th century.