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.
A Historical Building With Fine Arts
1. The Asturian Center
The Asturian Center is focused on Cuban Art. The Cuban section is found in the classical Palacio de Bellas Artes near Parque Central. This section showcases Cuban artwork, including paintings and sculptures. It exhibits a great variety of works in chronological order. These works include the work by some artists like Guillermo Collazo, Rafael Blanco, Raúl Martínez, or Wifredo Lam. You can see all these artworks with your National Museum of Fine Arts tickets and passes. As a whole, they host one of the largest collections of paintings and sculptures in all Latin America. If you don't have too much time it is recommendable to visit The Asturian Center, hosting the most complete collection of Cuban Art. The range of work here is impressive and includes paintings by Spanish colonialists and Revolution-themed artwork. The interior of the building is also magnificent, with high ceilings and marble staircases.
2. The International Section
The international section of the National Museum of Fine Arts is located near the Prado in Havana Vieja (Old Havana). The building's exterior is sleek and modern, with reflective windows and handsome stonework. The collection spreads out over 5 floors and includes artwork from various parts of the world. The museum features and art collection divided into eight curatorial sections. It includes works from France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Great Britain, Asia, the United States, Flanders, Latin America and Germany. Work from masterful artists is on display, including Caravaggio, Goya, Rubens, and Valásquez. Do not miss this on your National Museum of Fine Arts tour.
3. The Egyptian Collection
The National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana (Cuba) houses a collection of Egyptian antiquities considered by many specialists as the best and most complete of its kind in Latin America. This part of the museum's collection is known as Collection Earl of Lagunillas, in honor of the collector Joaquín Gumà Herrera, who gathered the bulk of it. Passionate about classic antiquity, his remarkable knowledge allowed him to maintain contacts with great specialists in the different cultures that interested him, whom he consulted before and after his purchases of works in the international markets.
How to Get Tickets?
National Museum of Fine Arts tickets and passes can be purchased at the ticket booth. The ticket price is 5 CUC per building and children under 14 can enter for free.
How To Get Around?
You can get around by walking, all the areas are accessible on foot. The museum is also disabled-friendly and accessible by wheelchair. There are other museums nearby that you can reach by foot or bicycle.
What Should I Wear?
There is no special dress code to visit the museum. You can wear whatever you want to enjoy your National Museum of Fine Arts tour.
Best Time to Visit
National Museum of Fine Arts tour can be done at any time of the year. It is open at 10 am to 6 pm and gets crowded after lunchtime. If you want to avoid the crowd, go early in the morning when it opens.
Will I Need a Guide?
You don't need a guide to visit National Museum of Fine Arts, you can find everything you need on this site. However, the displays lack English translations—if you want to learn more about the museum then take a guided tour of the museums.
How To Get There?
As a tourist, the most convenient way of getting to National Museum of Fine Arts is by taxi. You should agree on a price before taking one. There are also local buses in the city, going on various routes. Your best bet is to tell your casa or hotel where you want to go and they'll point you in the direction of which bus to take, and where to catch it.
The museum is air-conditioned. You may not take pictures or videos inside. Both museums have bookshops where you can purchase Spanish guides to the collections and other knickknacks.