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History must be treasured. The new generations have the right to know the past. That is the work of the Museum of Colonial Art. Located in the Cathedral Square, in Old Havana, this property was rescued from destruction. Since 1969 it has exhibited collections of objects from the colonial past, all of incalculable value.

The building itself is a jewel of colonial architecture. Its façade stands out for the simplicity of its wide windows, its balconies and its creole tiles. It was home of illustrious personages from the year 1622. From the 18th century, the Lieutenant Colonel Don Luis Chacón lived in this place.

In the Museum of Colonial Art you can visit at least four rooms decorated with furniture from the colonial period. In your route you will find tableware, furniture and objects from the 18th and 19th centuries. The different designs and styles give us a hint of the luxury that the country’s aristocracy boasted.

The various specialized rooms have been shaped by a meticulous study of the customs of Cuban bourgeois colonial society. These dominant social classes were characterized by imitating European fashions. French glassware, biscuit objects and European porcelain dishes made to order are found in the museum.

Works of Cuban manufacture can also be seen in samples of domestic architecture. There, stand out the lantern holders, gates and knobs produced by blacksmiths and goldsmiths of our Island. The fabulous and picturesque stained glass that adorned the colonial houses require special mention. Other samples of the work of our artists are the collections of furniture with cabinets, armchairs, stools and wicker furniture.

The Museum of Colonial Art can be visited daily. Its doors open to the visitors, curious, eager to know the Cuba of yesteryears.

For visit: Cathedral square, Old Havana, La Habana (“23.14058, -82.35156”). Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

by: Leunam Rodríguez