An ample culture
and energetic history are characteristics of the Cuban people.
In the capital of the island important museums are always open
to fulfil the eager of knowledge of intellectuals and tourists
interested in Cuban history.
The Museo Nacional
de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts) hosts the
biggest collection of Cuban fine arts. There is a hall of Cuban
paintings and engravings from the 16th to the 20th Century.
European Arts hall with originals by Rubens, Murillo, Goya and
more, as well as art collections from the ancient Egyptian,
Greek and Roman civilisations, considered the most important
in Latin America. (Trocadero Street, Old Havana).
The Museo Napoleónico
(dedicated to Napoleon) is of the most important of its
kind in the world. It is a Florentine style palace which treasures
objects that belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte like the pistols
he used during the Borodino Battle and the spyglass and two-cornered
hat he wore at Santa Elena. There are different items from the
ends of the first Empire and Napoleons personal belongings.
(1159 San Miguel
St and Ronda, Vedado).
The Museo de
las Ciencias "Carlos J. Finlay" (Museum of Sciences),
only of its kind in Latin America reveals the antecedents of
Sciences in Cuba, the history of the Royal Academy of Sciences
of Havana and the participation of medical doctors in the wars
(460 Cuba St, Old Havana).
The Parque Histórico
Militar Morro-Cabaña made up by the Castillo de los Tres
Reyes del Morro (National Monument) and the San Carlos de la
Cabaña fortress. It holds a museum with the countrys most
important collection of old weapons. Every night at nine oclock
sharp a cannon shot is made from here, in a ceremony that preserves
the tradition of the report that was shot to announce the hour
when the citys doors were closed (La Cabana Highway, Habana
The Museo de
la Ciudad (City Museum) is located at the former headquarters
of the General Captains of the Island. It owns collections that
conform the historic panorama of the city since its foundation
to the present times. The more important halls show the Cuban
wars for national independence.
(#1 Tacon St, Old