The Museum of the City: all the magnificence of Havana

The Museum of the City: all the magnificence of Havana

This splendid palace was scene to some of the Cuban capital's finest hours.

You will find a white marble patio, very typical of Havana. At the centre is an impressive marble statue of Christopher Columbus, with live peacocks strutting around at his feet. And this is only the beginning of a visit to the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales.

This museum, one of the most exciting in the city, was built in the 1790s, in a dazzling Baroque style. The first residence of the Spanish governors of the island, it later housed American military governors, and then, in the early 20th century, the President of the Republic. Bequeathed to the city in 1920, the palace was transformed into a town hall and a municipal museum. It has a spectacular collection of antique furniture, a gorgeous 19th-century carriage, plus the magnificent art collections of many of the city's notables and governors, as well as documents tracing the city's colourful history.

Museo de la Ciudad
Calle Tacón
Plaza de Armas
Habana Vieja
10100 La Habana