Museo de Bellas Artes, Havana
The art museum has collections of paintings from the colonial period to current paintings and sculptures. The galleries are well organized and they flow from one time period to another. The Colonial paintings intrested me less than the wide variety of modern works.
Hours: 10-6, Tues-Sat; 10-2, Sun. Closed Mondays.
Admission: 5 CUC
I was a bit disappointed in the museum shop--I would have purchased postcards of some of the paintings, but their selection was quite limited.
The former Palacio del Centro Asturiano was built in 1927. It was put to other uses after the revolution, and was renovated in 2001 to hold the international collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. The magnificant building shows great details on the exterior, with beautiful arches and balconies. The four corners of the buildings are marked by rising towers. Not sure how the interior looks like, as I didn't go in.
The Cuban collection is located in another building just south of Memorial Granma. I didn't take a photo of that as it doesn't look too appealing to me in terms of architectural details.
If you only see one museum in Havana, I recommend that you go to this one: it is great option for a lazy afternoon or a rainy day when you would rather be inside.
There are two buildings: the main building houses Cuban art (mostly paintings and sculpture) while the other building near the Parque Central a few blocks away houses mostly International art work as well as trinkets and valuables from ancient societies such as Persia, Rome and Greece (called Universal in the old Asturian Centre on San Rafael). I found this part less interesting. It is 5 CUC to enter the Cuban building or 8 CUC to see both buildings. The Cuban building will take at least several hours. Go to the top floor where you will start with colonial art and make your way down as you go through the different eras up until modern day.
There is a plaza on the first floor where you can relax as well as a cafeteria with tables and service where you can get refrescos, beer, ice cream, cookies and crackers and some sandwiches.
The National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana, (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana) in Havana, Cuba is a museum of Fine Arts that exhibits Cuban art collections from the colonial times up to contemporary generations. It was founded on February 23, 1913 due to the efforts of its first director, Emilio Heredia, a well-known architect. After frequent moves it was finally placed on the block once occupied by the old Colon Market. In 1954, a new Palacio of Bellas Artes was opened, designed by the architect Rodriguez Pichardo. The original 1954 Palacio was recently reconstructed by the architect Jose Linares and a second building was taken over for the Museum.
There are now two impressive buildings belonging to the Museum, one dedicated to Cuban Arts in the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) and one dedicated to the Universal Arts, in the Palacio del Centro Asturiano (Palace of the Asturian Center).
Contiene la muestra de pinturas del pintor impresionista español Sorollas, entre otros. Magnifica edificacion.
Precio: $ 5.00 USD