Visual arts in Havana

From the moment you step off the plane and start making your way to your Havana vacation rental, you’ll notice that visual arts play a very big role in Cuban culture. So what are the best locations in Havana to really explore these arts and learn more about the island through paintings and sculptures?

National Museum of Fine Arts

The National Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes) has two locations in the city, but perhaps the most interesting for visitors is the Palace of Fine Arts, located close to the 19th-century Great Theatre of Havana, and many city centre vacation rental homes. This is where Cuba-specific arts are housed, with everything from historic colonial artwork to pieces by more modern Cuban artists, like René Portocarrero.

Museum of the Revolution

In addition to the museum itself, there are many buildings throughout Havana that exhibit the same sort of jaw-dropping façades as this building, including the National Capitol Building. These structures combine all sorts of American and European influences, and the best part is that you don’t even need to go inside to enjoy their beauty; simply stroll past!

Museum of Decorative Arts

If you’re staying in Havana accommodation in the city’s Vedado district, you can enjoy proximity to the Museum of Decorative Arts. Primarily housing works from French artists, there are also exhibits from other places around the world, including China, England, France, and Germany. There are more than 33,000 works, so plan to spend a bit of time here, and leave time to appreciate the Parisian architecture, too!

More Options 

No matter where your Havana villa is located, you’re sure to be within easy reach of one of the city’s many visual arts museums. As well as those mentioned above, why not consider checking out Asian-inspired works at the House of Arabs or House of Asia, colonial furniture at the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, or amazing early 20th-century Cadillacs at the Museo del Automobil? There’s never a dull day in Havana!


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