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Sightseeing and landmarks in Havana

Art museums

Art Museum
“Do you want to have an idea of ​​the splendors of before the revolution? Visit this house. Take the opportunity to say hello to the synagogue friends next door. Walk to Coppelia for a glimpse of the Vedado district. Go to the gardens of the Hotel Nacional for an aperitif and return to the old town by the Malecon. You will be exhausted but satisfied and will jump on your meal!”
  • 55 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Acá pueden apreciar muestras permanentes de arte universal y exposiciones transitorias de artistas renombrados”
  • 3 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Studio Seis Seis is headed by Sandra Contrera, an experienced curator who works with a lot of very young up-and-coming artists. The space is small and intimate with a central room for monthly exhibitions, along with an additional space which has samples of art from previous exhibitions. Sandra is very accessible and she is happy to explain the background of each artist. Afterwards, stop by the excellent Cafe de las Artistas, a short walk away. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

Landmark experiences

History museums

History Museum
“The Napoleon Museum in Havana, Cuba houses one of the most important collections from the 18th and 19th centuries preserved in the Western hemisphere. The Museum reopened in March 2011 after a three-year restoration by the City Historian’s Office. Napoleon Princess Alix de Foresta, widow of Luis Marie Bonaparte, a descendant of King Jerome, Bonaparte’s younger brother, was especially invited to the island for the opening. The museum was founded in 1961, with the collection of Julio Lobo, occupying a 1929 Florentine Renaissance style mansion "La Dolce Dimora", the home of an Italian-Cuban politician, Orestes Ferrara. The architects were Evelio Govantes and Félix Cabarrocas, whose also designed El Capitolio and the Casa de la Amistad on Paseo. The museum displays almost 8,000 items, most of them related to the period from the French Revolution through the Second Empire. The collection includes a specialized library, suits, weapons, military equipment, furniture, coins, historic and decorative objects. Artwork is displayed from Louis Tocqué, Jean-Marc Nattier, Nicolas de Largillière, Jean Baptiste Regnault; François Flameng, Andrea Appiani and Robert Léfèvre”
  • 47 locals recommend
History Museum
“The fortress or (lit.) Castle of the Royal Army is another big monument that closes the Plaza de las Armas. It was the first big fortification of the city, initiated in 1558 on the ruins of an ancient fortress. In the same year, the Crown sent to Cuba the engineer Bartolomé Sanchez, supervised by 14 official and main stonemasons in order to reconstruct the castle, which had been set fire and destroyed by the French corsair Jacques de Sores.”
  • 39 locals recommend
History Museum
“Housed in the spectacular Cuban Baroque Palacio de los Capitanes, the Museo de la Ciudad unveils Havana's fascinating history. You can explore the Hall of Heroic Cuba for an impressive display of objects from the revolution. Art history buffs will want to visit the Espada Cemetery Room to view the tomb of famous French artist Vermay. In the Throne Room stands a sumptuous chair that was built for the visit of a Spanish monarch, and never used. But perhaps the highlight of the museum is the Salon de los Espejos. Adorned with beautiful 19th-century mirrors, this room was where the official end of Spanish rule was proclaimed in 1899.”
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Historic Site
“In 1940, American novelist Ernest Hemingway bought the Finca la Vigía, a villa on a hill in San Francisco de Paula, 15km southeast of Havana, where he lived continuously for 20 years. Finca Vigia has made both the World Monuments Fund list of 100 Most Endangered sites, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Places. It is now a museum and almost unchanged since the day he left. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Historic Site
“In 1940, American novelist Ernest Hemingway bought the Finca la Vigía, a villa on a hill in San Francisco de Paula, 15km southeast of Havana, where he lived continuously for 20 years. Finca Vigia has made both the World Monuments Fund list of 100 Most Endangered sites, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Places. It is now a museum and almost unchanged since the day he left.”
  • 8 locals recommend
History Museum
“Lovers of trains will enjoy contemplating the Mambí Car, a railway car built in the United States in 1900 and taken to Cuba in 1912 to be used as a presidential car. It owes its name to the First President of the Republic Tomás Estrada Palma who was a fighter of the Liberation Army of Cuba, popularly known as the Mambí Army. It is an authentic palace on wheels, with an elegant dining room, wooden windows with shutters, fans that cool the atmosphere with dry ice, lighting with carbide lamps, refrigerator, luxurious tableware and silver cutlery”
  • 2 locals recommend

History tours

Scenic lookouts

Sculpture Garden
“The Christ of Havana (Spanish: Cristo de La Habana) is a large sculpture representing Jesus of Nazareth on a hilltop overlooking the bay in Havana, Cuba. It is the work of the Cuban sculptor Jilma Madera, who won the commission for it in 1953.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“The Christ of Havana (Spanish: Cristo de La Habana) is a large sculpture representing Jesus of Nazareth on a hilltop overlooking the bay in Havana, Cuba. It is the work of the Cuban sculptor Jilma Madera, who won the commission for it in 1953. The statue was carved out of white Carrara marble, the same material used for many of the monuments of the Colon Cemetery. The statue is about 20 metres (66 ft) high including a 3-metre (10 ft) base.[1] It weighs approximately 320 tons. The statue was built from 67 blocks of marble that had been brought from Italy after being personally blessed by Pope Pius XII. ”
  • 10 locals recommend

Architecture tours

Historic sites

Historic Site
“It is the best place to enjoy perfect views of Havana, and why not? Enjoy an outdoor cocktail. Ahhh !! and at nine o'clock at night, a very old ritual of the Spanish culture "the cannon shot".”
  • 54 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Collection dedicated to the history of Cuba. Located in the former Palace of the General Captains and City Hall of Havana since 1791. It is one of the best examples of baroque architecture on the island and was the official residence of the Spanish general captains. Currently, and since 1968, it houses the City Museum. The visit shows the ambience of an era through art and decorative objects.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Historic Site
“In 1940, American novelist Ernest Hemingway bought the Finca la Vigía, a villa on a hill in San Francisco de Paula, 15km southeast of Havana, where he lived continuously for 20 years. Finca Vigia has made both the World Monuments Fund list of 100 Most Endangered sites, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Places. It is now a museum and almost unchanged since the day he left. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Constructed after the capture of Havana by British forces and named San Carlos de la Cabaña in honor of King Carlos III, this 700-meter long fortress is the largest in the Americas. It was designed by army engineer Silvestre Abarca and features the most advanced military defensive concepts of the 18th century. It cost so much that King Carlos III requested a spyglass to see it, claiming that such an expensive project–approximately 14 million gold pesos–could surely be seen from Madrid.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Historic Site
“On Sunday, you can listening and dance pop, rock music with La vieja escuela and its guests, unplugged. ”
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Historic Site
“In 1940, American novelist Ernest Hemingway bought the Finca la Vigía, a villa on a hill in San Francisco de Paula, 15km southeast of Havana, where he lived continuously for 20 years. Finca Vigia has made both the World Monuments Fund list of 100 Most Endangered sites, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Places. It is now a museum and almost unchanged since the day he left.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Historic Site
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Historic Site
“This ethnographic museum dedicated to Islamic cultures founded in1983 displays modest exhibitions on Islamic textiles, carpets, clothing, weapons, ceramics and furniture. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

Art and museum tours

Libraries

Library
“The Revolution Square (Plaza de la Revolucion) with all the surrounding buildings, which are the seat of all ministries and government departments, including the Biblioteca Nacional (the National Library), is the sociopolitical centre of the country. The square is the 31st largest city square in the world, measuring 72,000 square meters. It has been notable as being where many political rallies take place and Fidel Castro addressed Cubans and delivered many of his long speeches. The square is dominated by the José Martí Memorial (pronounced the national hero), which features a 109 m (358 ft) tall obelisk and an 18 m (59 ft) statue of Jose Marti. Located behind the memorial is the Palace of the Revolution, the seat of the Cuban government and Communist Party. The construction of the square and the José Martí monument commenced during the Presidency of Fulgencio Batista. The square and the memorial were completed in 1959 (the year Fidel Castro came to power). It was originally called Plaza Cívica (Civic Square). After the Cuban Revolution (1959), it was renamed "Plaza de la Revolución" or "Revolution Square." An elevator allows access to the top of the memorial, at 109 m one of the tallest points in the city. Do not hesitate and take the lift up to the top of the obelisk. You'll have a 360 degrees view of Havana. ”
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