Palacio de Bellas Artes
Palacio de Bellas Artes
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  • Vukojebinje
    London, United Kingdom445 contributions
    Enjoyable
    I’d have preferred to go to the museum of the revolution (which, alas, was closed for refurbishment whilst I was in Havana) - but ended up going here instead. I’d heard less about it, but found it enjoyable. For a relatively cheap ticket, I was able to see an array of Cuban art from different eras - colonial, early 20th century, modern - which was both beautiful and a great insight into the country’s history. This place gets less hype than other tourist venues in Havana, but I’d definitely recommend a visit. It’s not particularly large, and is a good way to while away an hour or two whilst engaging with Cuban history and culture.
    Visited May 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written May 23, 2022
  • Holly R
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina1,060 contributions
    Cuban Art is a Must
    There are two Bellas Artes Museums, and they are close but not at all next to one another. The Cuban Art is in a modern building that is next door to the Museum of the Revolution. The collection was fantastic. I knew nothing about Cuban art and was not familiar with any of these artists, but the collection was really strong and well worth spending a couple of hours looking at. We did not go to the other branch having heard that if we only had time for one of them we should choose the Cuban. I'm very glad that we did. There is a small cafe area on the ground floor if you are in need of a coffee.
    Visited December 2019
    Written January 2, 2020
  • Dona M
    8 contributions
    A must see collection of art. Don't miss this place if you are visiting Havana.
    Fantastic works of art covering various periods. I don’t think I’ve seen so many brilliant works of art in a long time. Admission prices are very cheap too. Just don't think you can walk off with a reasonably priced print. They cost a fortune.
    Visited April 2022
    Written April 2, 2022
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,552 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
The other half of Chelsea from the Thames by Canaletto hangs in the Museo de Bellas Artes.

Both the Cuban and the International collections should be high on the list for any visitor even remotely interested in art and culture. The Cuban building excellent collection clearly shows the development of painting in the island and showcasing some of the best of Cuban Contemporary work, with regularly changing temporary exhibitions.

Arte Universal is breathtaking for the breadth of the collection and the extraordinary building which is house. A towering neo classical edifice overlooking Parque Central and the Gran Teatro de La Habana.

A combination ticket may be bought in either Bellas Artes building for 8 CUC, allowing to visit both, not necessary on the same day. You'll have to be feeling pretty energetic to take it all properly in one day. I advise dividing your visit as both collections are rich and varied and are worthy of serious study.
Written March 21, 2019
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sdempsey
Belfast, UK165 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
Art galleries tend to be one of those things I only do when I've exhausted the other tourist options in a city, and was one of the reasons I came here to be honest.

However I really enjoyed myself. There was a wide range of art to suit all tastes, and it was a highlight of the holiday. I'd really recommend.
Written March 9, 2017
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scottderrick
Mill Valley, CA906 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
We didn't have time to see both museums, unfortunately we picked this one due to proximity. We should have picked the other branch as it is a great survey of Cuban art. This small mostly euro centric collection is out classed by the beautiful architectural gem that houses it. There are sections for different European countries but none for indigenous or regional art which is housed where we should have gone instead. Each of the sections had a pleasant but relatively unimportant and no significant pieces. Certainly skippable.
Written July 9, 2019
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,697 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
Sometimes one needs to explore indigenous art rather than the internationals. I was amazed at the curators depth in highlighting the leading trends in each period of 18th-21st-century that gives a complete overview of works. Its all here in magnificent colour and depth, chronologically displayed. I was taken by the pioneers of Modern Cuban Art. The other segment the international art. My pick is Joaquin Sorolla works. Amazing interior of the museum. Great for a half day or like me, 2 half days
Written May 24, 2019
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Ann T
Pascoe Vale, Australia1,442 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
There are actually two buildings - one dedicated to Cuban art and the other to International art. If time's short, make sure you know which one you want to go to. I was surprised at the quality of the ancient art particularly the Greek, Roman and Egyptian work (including a mummy). One wonders where all this work came from? Dontate by the rich in the early 20th century or confiscated from the homes of the well to do at the revolution? The range of Cuban art is also worth checking out, from the colonial to the contemporary.
Written August 19, 2018
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Shaun B
Danbury, CT570 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
Museum takes you through the history of Cuba’s art. From prior to the revolution up until current day. We had a tour guide and she was magnificent. I highly recommend this museum if you are interested in the arts and want to see how the culture over the years has impacted the artist of Cuba. We were not allowed to take pictures inside so what I have shown is just the lobby area.
Written March 18, 2018
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA25,091 contributions
Jan 2017 • Business
We walked over the central park passed the statue of Jose Marti to visit the one of the two buildings belonging to the National Museum of Fine Arts, this one was in the Palacio del Centro Asturiano (Palace of the Asturian Center) and was built in 1927 by the architect Manuel Bustos. It houses a collection of works by Universal artists from 500 BC to today. A very large and impressive building it was originally a private club then used by the Supreme Court of Justice. If you are doing the Hemingway tourist thing it is opposite the Bar Floridita. There are three floors with art by El Greco to Gainsborough, personally I thought that the third floor was the best with a great Dutch section on one side and the Italian and English on the other., the rest of the floors are dark full of bits and pieces, and no English translations of the objects anywhere, the air conditioning is fantastic and it is never full of tourists.

TIP: We were told that photos were ok but no flash.
Written December 28, 2017
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Diana P
New York City, NY320 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
There are a lot of museums in Cuba-this is the art museum we chose to do based on reviews, and it was wonderful.

We spent about 90 min there-
Lots of super interesting art exhibits, it's even great for children. Lots of stimulation; you'll see class trips there-local students are studying art at the museum

You;ll have to check your bag (as with most museums in Cuba)
I think it was $1 just take anything with you that you need; camera, tissues
Written July 28, 2017
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Cheryl K
Knoxville, TN186 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
This gorgeous art museum is built as a spiral (sort of like the Guggenheim Museum in New York City) with an outdoor courtyard in the middle, and it features Cuban art specifically.

It will provide you with a true cultural experience while you're in Havana (and the air conditioning in this modern building works extremely well--really useful on a hot day!).

The Cuban people are very much known for their high-quality art of all kinds: the visual arts (as in this museum), the performing arts (as in el Gran Teatro, known for its world-class ballet, which I was fortunate enough to experience), and just about any kind of art that you can imagine.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Written June 11, 2017
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nycfrequentflyer
New York City, NY70 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
Quite the palace. Enormous curved stairs, leaded glass ceiling, thirty foot high ceilings and some nice art, too. Collections are divided up by country with some world class artists. Appropriately, there was an emphasis on Spanish talent with some very good examples. Of note, seek out Joakuin Bastida a versatile 19th century painter.
Written February 17, 2017
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