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Havana Museums

We didn't see all the museums in Havana - there are many! Note there are two very different museums both referred to as the "Fine Arts Museum." One is in a beautiful classical building with lots of marble stairs and gilded decorations, but hot when we were there despite a large unrepaired hole for ventilation, and a fairly sparse and restricted variety of art. This is the one I have labelled as Palacio de Bellas Artes. The other is a 1950s Guggenheim-type building built around a courtyard, with ramps rather than stairs, air-conditioning, and everything Cuban from colonial to modern abstract art in abundance enough to keep visitors gaping for hours. And a cafe where we had a coffee and a beer while watching a security guard move two poor old men asleep on an air-conditioning outlet outside the floor-to-ceiling window. This is what I labelled the National Museum of Fine Arts. Then there is the Museo de la Revolucion, in a very pre-revolutionary building, where you can learn several floors of Cuban history, and a few interesting things about the involvement of the U.S.A. But beware of alternative facts.
1397: From the staircase of the Palacio
1397: From the staircase of the Palacio
1402: From the staircase of the Palacio
1402: From the staircase of the Palacio
1404: From the staircase of the Palacio
1404: From the staircase of the Palacio
1405: From the staircase of the Palacio
1405: From the staircase of the Palacio
1412: Castle Moat and Entrance
1412: Castle Moat and Entrance
1422: Treasure Chest
1422: Treasure Chest
1447: Castle Moat and Entrance
1447: Castle Moat and Entrance
1398: From the staircase of the Palacio
1398: From the staircase of the Palacio
1401: Stained glass ceiling
1401: Stained glass ceiling
1408: Cuban Nude
1408: Cuban Nude
1418: Treasure chest
1418: Treasure chest
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1492: Outside the Museum of the Revolution
1492: Outside the Museum of the Revolution
1493: Explanations
1493: Explanations
1494: Christopher Columbus
1494: Christopher Columbus
1495: Poem to inspire the revolutionaries
1495: Poem to inspire the revolutionaries
1496: Preserved fragment of the original city wall
1496: Preserved fragment of the original city wall
1520: Heroes of the Revolution
1520: Heroes of the Revolution
1522: Ceiling in the Hall of Mirrors
1522: Ceiling in the Hall of Mirrors
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1537: Painted ceiling
1537: Painted ceiling
1538: In the Hall of Mirrors
1538: In the Hall of Mirrors
1539: Heroes of the Revolution
1539: Heroes of the Revolution
1544: Pre-revolutionary conference room
1544: Pre-revolutionary conference room
1498: Auto-propelled cannon fired by Fidel Castro
1498: "Auto-propelled cannon" fired by Fidel Castro
1545: Office of the President 1920 - 1965
1545: Office of the President 1920 - 1965
1547: Explanation
1547: Explanation
1548: Pre-revolutionary command centre
1548: Pre-revolutionary command centre