Cuba’s Diverse Museums

Havana Club Museum of Rum, Cuba

Many visitors to Cuba head directly for the beach and rarely leave their resort. And with cheap rum and beaches aplenty, who can blame them? For the more intrepid traveller though, there’s a myriad of history, knowledge, and culture right outside that resort door. And no where is this more evident than in the diverse museums in the nation’s capital, Havana.

Here are some of the best picks for those wanting to grab a taste of culture during their next Cuban vacation.

Havana Club Museum of Rum

El Museo de Ron Havana Club is situated in the historic Habana Vieja (Old Havana). It occupies an 18th Century colonial townhouse and offers visitors a glimpse into the production, distilling, and packaging of Cuba’s most cherished alcohol. Highlights include the fermentation and distillery rooms, an authentic mule-driven cane mill, and everyone’s favourite part of the tour — the rum tasting at the end.

Cigar Musuem

Havana Cuba

Partagas Cigar Factory (yes, it is an actual working cigar factory) houses a cigar museum on site that details Cuba’s rich history with this universal symbol of manliness. The exhibitions housed within include tools used during the processing of the tobacco, displays detailing the historical development of the cigar industry within the country, as well as marketing materials, smoking accessories, pipes, lighters, and of course, an extensive selection of cigars. The shop on site sells quite a selection of Cubanos as well. 

Museum of Chocolate

More of a café than a museum, this chocolate-lover’s paradise is known as much for its long lines as it is for its decadent chocolate. Long favoured by locals, this Havana fixture has now been discovered by tourists as well, but that still doesn’t diminish the appeal of the heavenly tastes that wait inside.

Taquechel Pharmacy Museum

Taquechel Pharmacy Museum Havana Cuba

For something a little different, take a step back in time with a visit to a working pharmacy with drugs that are packaged the old-fashioned way — in porcelain jars. It’s a popular attraction since it’s on a well-trafficked street in Old Havana — it’s even included on many escorted Cuba tours — and it’s a must-see for those wanting a glimpse into Cuba of olden days. While you’re there, take a peek at Hotel Ambos Mundos right next door — It’s where Ernest Hemingway wrote that seminal piece of classical literature For Whom The Bell Tolls.

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