Our picks: Top 5 museums in Cuba

The tiny island nation of Cuba is chocked full of history, and many who visit the island don’t know much about it. The best way to learn more about the history and culture of Cuba during your holiday in Havana, check out these five incredible museums.

Museo Napoleonico

This gorgeous museum will teach you all about Napoleon Bonaparte: his life, history, and the time period he lived in. You can view memorabilia throughout the house, as well as beautiful artwork, classic architecture, and amazing stained-glass windows. Take a guided tour, check out a death mask of the would-be emperor’s face, and get a great view of the city of Havana.

Museum of the Revolution

Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion)

If you’ve ever wanted to learn about the 1959 revolution in Cuba, this museum is certainly one to check out. You’ll see artifacts from the revolution, learn more about Cuban history and old Havana, and brush up on former leader Fidel Castro. Housed in the gorgeous presidential palace, not only will you learn a lot, but you can admire the artwork and architecture of one of the most beautiful buildings in Havana.

Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi

Once one of the best cathedrals in Cuba, this church and convent is now a renovated concert hall and museum. Along with intricate architecture, you also can enjoy artwork, tombs, art exhibits, and archeological finds that are sure to keep you busy. You might even be able to check out a concern during your stay!

Martha Jimenez’s Studio Workshop

Martha Jimenez is most well-known for her work in terracotta ceramic sculptures. When you visit this workshop, you’ll be able to view plenty of her artwork, from sculptures to paintings. There also is beautiful garden where you can relax away from the sun. Learn about Jimenez’s life, inspiration, and works, as well as what she is up to today.

Work by Jose Salazar Vazquez.

National Museum of Fine Arts

If you love art, you’ll want to check out this amazing art museum where you’ll learn about many Cuban artists, their history, and inspirations. Opt to hire a tour guide so you can learn about the time periods of the pieces and the history of the artists.


Havana’s plazas and squares

If you ever need to ask a local for directions to your Havana villa, you’ll notice that they may use some of the city’s plazas or squares as reference points. That’s because these large, open areas of the city are not only very well known to both locals and visitors alike, but they’re also ideal places for taking a few minutes to rest and getting your bearings. They’re also great for photo ops and steeped in history!

Here’s your guide to some of Havana’s best plazas that are worth a visit during your holiday in Cuba:

Plaza de la Revolución

Also known as ‘Revolution Square’, Plaza de la Revolución covers the area from the Malecon to the Vedado district, and is perhaps the most famous plaza in Havana. Not only is this one of the largest plazas in the world, but the tall Jose Marti monument can be seen from practically anywhere! You may even be able to see the very top of the monument from your villa in Havana if you’re staying nearby.

 Plaza Carlos III

Plaza Carlos III is the site of one of Havana’s best shopping malls. If you’re looking for some great souvenirs to take back home from your holiday in Cuba for friends and family, then this is the place to browse. Opened in 1997 at the location of the city’s old agricultural market, the unique spiral design here is definitely worth checking out.

Plaza de la Catedral

Located in Old Havana, Plaza de la Catedral was once the site of some of the finest homes in the Caribbean. Today, many of these mansions have been transformed into museums, like the Colonial Art Museum. This particular plaza is the perfect place to visit for anyone interested in Cuban history or architecture, and it’s even a firm favourite of photographers who are drawn to the colonial styles.

Plaza de San Francisco

Close to the Havana harbour, Plaza de San Francisco is often the first stop for cruise ship visitors who sail into Terminal Sierra Maestra. Attractions here include the tall, looming basilica, the commercial exchange building, and the old customs house. However, the plaza is also a central point connecting many of the city’s main sights, including the aquarium, Leonardo da Vinci museum, and the camera obscura.

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