A unique museum for the curious traveler

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HAVANA | Why visit a museum dedicated to the universal art while you are on vacation in the land of the beaches, the sun, the sea and all-inclusive hotels ?

Because, you will no doubt wish to return to the house with his baggage is something other than shells. With, in his head, images of a society that has managed to preserve its multiple legacies of the colonial heritage and which has, at its core, today more than ever, to maintain and restore them.

The Musée national des Beaux-Arts, which now houses in a very beautiful building, the palace of the asturian Centre, opposite the parc Central, a district in full restoration, offers all of this and more to curious travellers.

This museum, which opened its doors in 1913, 15 years after Cuba had gained its independence from Spain, boasts the finest collections of ancient art (Greece, Rome and Egypt) in all of Latin America and the Caribbean. Its more than 45 000 various works come from collectors, private donations and purchases at auctions. It can be enjoyed on the four floors at our disposal, also serviced by two elevators.

The section of the european art world presents original paintings from seven schools traditional : Italy, Germany, Flanders, Holland, Spain, France and Great Britain, including works by Brueghel, Canaletto and Bouguereau. It is surprising to find on a Caribbean island as many works dating from the Fifteenth and Sixteenth centuries.

As these collections of vases, funerary urns, sculptures, engravings and various pieces dating from Antiquity. More proof that the cuban society, despite the limited means at her disposal, despite the blockade, not only respects the cultural traditions of the most diverse, but also seeks to put in value.

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The five senses, oil attributed to Jan Cossiers, around 1630.

Once you have finished your visit and appreciated the huge stained-glass window of the 3rd floor, it is not necessary to forget to go and relax and dine in the bar-restaurant Baco (Bacchus), on the same floor.

The place is just beautiful.

An immense work in ceramics behind the bar, reproduction of a work of the painter Velazquez.

The wall’s majestic bar reproduces a scene of the famous canvas of the painter Velazquez, The triumph of Bacchus (1629). The bar and the walls are completely covered with bright mosaics, that reproduce scenes typical of the Asturias region, in Spain, and which give the place a unique character.

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