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Havana, Cuba

Important sights and attractions.



WHAT TO SEE & DO — HAVANA ATTRACTIONS


SHOPPING

El Quitrín
Calle Obispo #163 between San Ignacio and Mercaderes
Habana Vieja
7/862-0810
Authentic hand-made Cuban clothing, including lace blouses, straw hats, and guayaberas for men.

Feria de Artesanía
Calle Tacón at Calle Mercaderes
Habana Vieja
All manner of quality arts and crafts, from one-of-a-kind paintings to erotic wooden carvings.

MUSEUMS

Casa de los Arabes
Calle Oficios #16
Habana Vieja
7/861-5868
Cultural artifacts from the Levantine are displayed.

Casa Alejandro Von Humboldt
Calle Oficios #254, between Sol and Muralla
Habana Vieja
7/863-9850
The famous German explorer stayed here; the museum displays mementos of his journeys and writings.

The Malecon seafront boulevard
The Malecon seafront boulevard

Museum de Arte Colonial
Plaza de la Catedral
Calle San Ignacio #61
Habana Vieja
7/862-6440
Recreates a colonial-era home with its lavish period furnishings.

Museo de Bellas Artes
Calle Trocadero between Zulueta & Monserrate
Habana Vieja
7/863-9484
Cuba's world-class Fine Arts Museum has two sections devoted to Cuban and international art, respectively. Also relics from the ancient world.

Museo de la Ciudad
Palacio de los Capitanes Generales
Calle Tacon #1, between Obispo and O'Reilly
Habana Vieja
7/861-5779
Sumptuous colonial furnishings, art pieces, and eclectic mementoes of the past trace the city's history.

Museo Ernest Hemingway
Calle Vígia
San Migue de Padrón
7/91-0809
Hemingway's home is preserved as it was when he lived here, with his possessions in situ.

Museo y Farmacia Taquechel
Calle Obispo #155
Habana Vieja
7/862-9286
A delightful old pharmacy with mahogany shelves lined with old apothecary jars.

El Capitolio
El Capitolio

Museo Nacional de História Natural
Plaza de Armas
Calle Obispo #61 between Oficios and Baratillo
Habana Vieja
7/863-9391
Examples of Cuba's flora and fauna are displayed.

Museo de Naipes
Plaza Vieja
Calle Muralla, #101
7/860-1534
Visit this museum for its incredible collection of playing cards through the ages.

Museo Numismático
Plaza Vieja
Calle Muralla #101
7/860-1534
A world-class collection of coins and notes plus medallions dating back to Roman days, including Cuba's own money.

Museo de Ron
Calle San Pedro #262 at Sol
Habana Vieja
7/861-8051
This museum educates about the production of rum since colonial times. Highlights include a model railway, plus a working distillery.

Museo de la Revolución
Calle Refugio #1 between Zulueta & Monserrate
Habana Vieja
7/862-4091
A complete history of the battle to topple Batista and the "successes" of the Revolution since 1959, including the role of Che Guevara.

ARCHITECTURAL SITES

Capitolio
Paseo del Prado between San Martín and Dragones
Centro Habana
7/861-5519
Former congressional building, now a museum.

Edificio Bacardi
Edificio Bacardi
Edificio Bacardi
Calle Monserrate #261, corner of San Juan
Habana Vieja
A Lego-like Art Deco skyscraper and former headquarters of the Bacardi rum corporation, it can be viewed from the outside only.

Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco de Asís
Plaza San Francisco
Calle Oficios and Amargura
7/862-9683
Massive convent and church. Today the former contains a museum of religious icons.

Gran Teatro
Paseo del Prado corner of San Martín
Centro Habana
7/861-3077
A magnificent baroque façade and ornate interior. This theater is the principal venue for the acclaimed Ballet de Cuba.

MORE HAVANA INFORMATION

Large Jesus Statue looking over Havana


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