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Museum of the City (Museo de la Ciudad)

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Address: Calle Tacon | Plaza de Armas, Havana, Cuba
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+53 7 8616130

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Mediocre city museum housed in a Stunning Palace & Setting

The Museum of the City of Havana is worth visiting simply for the beautiful building its located in. It was the Governor's Palace before the Revolution. Its elegantly furnished... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2016
YogiJuancarlos
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New York City, New York
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The architecture was great. But the museum was not well maintained and the display was below average. Not much to see other than the building itself.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Lovely building and courtyard, almost deserted when we were there, except for the perfunctory State workers in every room who followed us about with no apparent purpose. Not a whole lot to see however.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Wonderful example of baroque architecture, the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales aka Governor’s Palace served as Spanish colonial headquarters until 1898, then it served as the center of U.S. military administration (1898-1902), then a Cuban president’s residence, and lastly City Hall. . There are little ladies stationed all over the palace and if you want to wander alone try to... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

The Museum of the City of Havana is worth visiting simply for the beautiful building its located in. It was the Governor's Palace before the Revolution. Its elegantly furnished with antiques and works of art. Honestly speaking I found it to be lacking historical city information. The staff for the most part seemed bored and unwilling/unable to provide any information.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2016

Some reviewers suggest that they would have learned more with one of the guides - well, they obviously didn't see the guide that tried to attach herself to me. She barely spoke english, wasn't very helpful, and they seem to earn their extra fee by being able to let you past the rope barrier to access a few extra rooms.... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

beautiful building hosting an interesting (if poorly guided) collection....some really interesting pieces

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 31 January 2016

Had a brief opportunity to visit the museum during a Havana tour. The building is stunning and the exhibits look interesting but I don't speak or read Spanish so the descriptions were incomprehensible to me. I would suggest engaging a tour guide to get more out of your visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 31 January 2016

We made a fundamental error when visiting this museum by paying just the minimum amount (2 CUCs each) for museum entry. If we had been a little less thrifty with our CUCs, for the outlay of just a few more we could have had the services of a guide or at least use of an audio-guide in English. I think... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2016

This Museum, also known as The Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, is located on the Plaza de Armas, near the Bookseller's Market. The building housed the former governors of Havana. The street in front of the building has wooden cobblestones to make the carriages passing the residence not so loud. I found the building easily. It is a huge imposing... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 25 November 2015

We visited in November 2015 and about half of the exhibit rooms were closed due to renovations. We paid the 7 or 8 CUC for the entrance and the audio guide, which can be tuned to English. Good thing, as the descriptions in the museum are only in Spanish. What was disappointing though is the fact that we weren't told... More 

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