Museo Emilio Bacardí Moreau


Museo Emilio Bacardí MoreauThe Museo Provincial Emilio Bacardí Moreau is located in the historical centre of Santiago de Cuba. It stands out due to its diverse façade decorated with neo-classical essentials. This grand and gleaming white building was erected in 1928 to house the eccentric collection of Emilio Bacardí Moreau. The museum is a public institution founded by Emilio Bacardí Moreau on the 12th February 1899.  The museum displays was located in several different buildings (including the house of its founder) before it was inaugurate in its present location.

Museo Provincial Emilio Bacardí Moreau bears the name of its prestigious intellectual and founder, as it aims to establish one of the most important socio-cultural exhibitions in the city. Visit this museum to see the rich collections and learn about the history of Cuba and their ancestors, while you beam with gratitude and love. Once you enter the entrance doorway, you will see wonderful images of the goddess Minerva.

The museum was born out of the political and rum dynasty, as it displays the personal collection of Emilio Bacardí Moreau. Being one of the first museums in Cuba, this museum remains an assorted art and historical assembly to visit. On the first floor you will see a wide variety of artifacts documenting indigenous people, slavery, and the wars of independence, including a large collection of weapons and an unusual coffin-shaped torpedo used by the Mambíses people. Follow the steps to the second floor to see the beautiful array of art exhibitions. Featuring national and international paintings, you will enjoy your tour of this amazing museum that allows you to see it all.

Bacardí also collected personal items belonging to Cuban national heroes, including those of Antonio Maceo and Carlos Manuel Céspedes. Don't miss the tiny stage set of a colonial Santiago street (through a door on the south side of the first floor). Enter the annex through the side door from Calle Aguilera room and step into the archaeology room which holds an Egyptian mummy. Also in this room is a pair of Peruvian mummies belonging to the Paracas (pre-Inca) culture, various ceremonial objects, pre-Columbian ceramics, and an astonishing decorated shrunken head from the Amazon.

Museo Provincial Emilio Bacardí Moreau opening hours are Mondays 3pm-8pm, Tuesday to Saturday, 9am-9pm and Sundays 9am-4pm.