24 Hours, Culture

24 Hours in Havana for Art and Culture Lovers

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Havana is packed with art and culture. Whether you’re a museum hopper or a street art watcher, check out these must-see spots in Havana.

Taller-Estudio José Fuster

In Jaimanitas, in western Havana, Cuban artist José Fuster has spent twenty years creating a larger-than-life work of art. His Barcelona-worthy creating, paying homage to Gaudí and Picasso (with snippets of Gauguin and Cuban-born artist Wilfredo Lam), started in the artist’s home and studio, and eventually took over most of the surrounding neighborhood. Unofficially known as Fusterlandia, Fuster has transformed several suburban blocks with his whimsical, stylized art, using tiles to give the neighborhood his artistic treatment.

How to get here: Jaimanitas is located off Quinta Avenida (Av 5) in the far west of Playa, between Club Havana and Marina Hemingway. Don’t miss the nearby Santy Seafood Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Havana.

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Museo de Hemingway

Finca la Vigía, the villa purchased by American novelist Ernest Hemingway in 1940, has remained unchanged since the day the writer left. Located southeast of Havana, visitors are not allowed inside the home, but can peek in through open doors and windows. Don’t miss Hemingway’s fishing boat El Pilar, his sentimental dog cemetery or the pool where actress Ava Gardner once swam.

How to get here: Book our Ultimate Havana tour. Our experienced staff members will manage all of your transportation needs so you can relax and enjoy the highlights of Havana!

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Museo de la Revolución

Once the Presidential Palace of Cuba, the Museum of the Revolution is housed in the circa 1913 building where a strong of Cuban president once resided. The interior, decorated by Tiffany’s of New York, complete with a Room of Mirrors designed to resemble a room of the same name at the Palace of Versailles outside Paris, is a sight to behold. Explore artifacts that extend from Cuba’s pre-colonial culture to its present-day socialist government.

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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Spend an hour, afternoon or entire day exploring Cuba’s huge art culture at this dual-site museum that exhibits international art from 500 BC to the present day. Highlights include an extensive Spanish collection, 2000-year-old Roman mosaics, Greek artifacts from the 5th century BC and Gainsborough canvas in the British room. Two blocks away, the Arte Cubano branch of the museum displays purely Cuban art, including Guillermo Collazo, Rafael Blanco, Raúl Martínez and Wilfredo Lam.

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Fábrica de Arte Cubano

Havana’s finest art project is located in a converted cooking-oil factory in Vedado a la Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Live music, art expos, fashion shows and conversation over coffee and cocktails are housed in the spot’s Bahuahs-like interior, the brainchild of Afro-Cuban musician X-Alfonso. Mingle with artists, musicians and mainly Cuban locals every Thursday to Sunday, and don’t miss El Cocinero, the on-site restaurant complete with tapas, cocktails and a rooftop terrace beneath the towering brick chimney of the old factory.

fabrica-de-arte-cubano-havanaExperience all this and more when you travel to Cuba on our Ultimate Havana tour. Click the link or call us on (347) 758-4209 for help planning your next trip to Cuba.