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Museo 28 Septiembre

Devoted to the nationwide local committees which safeguard Cuba’s revolutionary development

Nearby Attractions

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Catedral de San Cristóbal
18th century cathedral which dominates Havana’s historic heart
Museo Numismático
Much-loved establishment where items from Cuba’s financial past abound
Casa de Africa
Small museum devoted to Afro-Cuban and African culture
Taller Experimental de Gráfica
A workshop devoted to graphic art where you can see the local artists at work
Museo de Arte Colonial
Historic museum displaying colonial art while simultaneously showing how Cubans used to live
Rum
Cuba's national drink, made with the by-products of its sugar industry

Related Tours

Half-day Introduction to Castro's Havana
·        Drive across the Caribbean’s communist city in an open-top car
·        Walk on the site of anti-capitalist rallies in the Plaza de la Revolucion
·        Hear about Cuba’s version of the neighbourhood watch at the Museo 28 Septiembre
·        View the official portrayal of the fight against Fulgencio Batista in the Museo de la Revolucion
·        Visit Che’s old office at the Museo de Comandancia del Che

The history of Cuba during the second half of the twentieth century is one which is marked on the global political consciousness. The anomaly of a staunchly Communist country, with a revolution which had a distinctly Cuban flavour, in the Western Hemisphere attracted the world’s attention. Join your expert guide on a private tour around Havana in an open-top car to see the city’s most evocative sights.

Base of the Presidente

Arriving at the Plaza de la Revolucion, your guide will walk you around Cuba’s political hub pointing out the large images of revolutionaries on different ministries. The venue for mass rallies supporting the ruling Communist Party, the former Plaza Civica holds a special place for the Castros. There will also be a chance to walk around the 139m high Memorial José Marti which overlooks the Plaza. 

Standing Guard

Driving along the Avienda Carlos III to the Museo 28 Septiembre, you will see the official portrayal of the Comites de la Defensa de la Revolución. One of the odder features of Cuban life, this museum promotes this system where citizens report on their neighbours to the state as a cornerstone of Cuba. From there it is only a short drive to the Museo de la Revolucion. There is a great deal here to attract the curious history aficionados, both in Cuba’s story over the last half-century and how it is presented. Particular highlights of the museum include the actual Granma (which ferried revolutionaries from Mexico to Cuba), bullet-marks from a failed attempt to kill Batista and life-size waxworks of the Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos.

Over the Water

Passing under the Canal de Entrada, you will find yourself within the Spanish colonial bastion of San Carlos de la Cabaña. It was where Che set up his offices after taking Havana, and where he dealt with Batista’s captured officers. Going around the site, you will be able to see these offices in person as well as some personal items of Che in the museum dedicated to the Commandante.   

Eclectic Old Havana
·        Appreciate the undervalued cultural nooks of Havana
·        Imagine yourself a Cuban in the Museo 28 Septiembre
·        Learn about the religion of Santeria at the Casa de Africa
·        Enjoy coins and cards at the Museo Numismático and the Museo de Naipes
·        Appreciate classic cars at the Museo del Automóvil

The Old City of Havana has much to offer the curious traveller but, even though Cuba is becoming increasingly popular as a destination each year, the city retains a staunchly independent soul. Go with your personal tour seeing everything from cars to cards on a brief trip to some of these cultural spots.

Coins and Committees

Cuba might have followed its own economic path since the 1950’s but Havana’s banking past remains evident in the Museo Numismático. Built in the late 19th century, the building hosts a selection of artefacts – from lottery tickets 1000 American gold coins– that show Cuba’s financial history over the centuries. Formerly occupied by the Monte de Piedad Bank, it now reportedly has the ghostly presence of a white-clothed woman wearing colonial dress.

Going across the street with take you to the Museo 28 Septiembre. Celebrating the Comites de la Defensa de la Revolución, it highlights the role which these neighbourhood-based groups play in modern Cuba. 

Cars, Cards and Orishas

Stepping inside the Casa de Africa brings you into touch with Cuba’s own Afro-Cuban religion: Santeria. With roots going back to the island’s slave plantations, this religion based on the beliefs of Africans before they were taken across the ocean. Escaping persecution by synchronising its divinities – who mediated between humans and the creator-god Olofi – with Christian saints, it now has a strong presence on the ostensibly atheist island most of its practitioners call home. 

Although Havana is now well-known for the classic cars imported before the 1950’s Revolution, the Museo del Automóvil shows the best of the best. Displaying 50 vehicles, dating from 1905 to the fall of the Berlin Wall, there is also an impressive collection of Harley Davidsons for motorcycle lovers. 

A short walk with your guide takes you to the Museo de Naipes, your guide will help you pore through a stupendous collection holding over 2000 sets of playing cards, as well as some printing machines used to make them.   

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