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National Music Museum Museums, Havana . Cuba

  • Calle Capdevila No. 1 e/ Habana y Aguiar, Havana City. Cuba
  • Destination: Havana
  • Open: Daily
  • Telephone: (537) 8619846
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A beautiful small palace built at the beginning of XX century, with a elaborated prevalence of the eclecticism with neoclassical elements. The house was in its time center of interesting gatherings of outstanding artists like Federico García Lorca, Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Eduardo Zamacois, María Guerrero and the musician René Dumesnil.

Opened in 1971, the collections exhibited in their rooms offer a wide information of the development of the music and the musical instruments in Cuba from the XVI century until the XX one.
It also has an unique collection of original scores, old editions of musical documents, disks, strange or curious instruments, musical mechanics equipment, historical objects, piece of art and books.

This institution promotes the result of its researches and investigations that are divulgedassiduously in conferences, exhibitions, concerts and specialized publications.
The visitors cannot only see the rooms, but also listen music in the sound archive or consult books and magazines.

Musicians and their relatives , organizations, national and international institutions and collectors, have helped to make up the extensive catalog of their funds.

National Museum of MusicAt the moment it has ten exhibition rooms , five permanent and five temporary. The first ones include the following topics: Mechanical instruments (a journey for the history of the sound world that includes toothed rollers music boxes , breaker plates, pianolas rolls , phonographs, etc); Afro-Cuban Instruments (linked to the African cults originated and settled down in Cuba); Cuban Instrumental Groups (belonging to the second half of the XIX century and the begining of the XX one); Organology (families of folclóricos instruments from several areas of the world); Ambience (unique pieces of great artistic value belonged to musician Hubert Blanck).
The museum also offers, audition services, recordings and transfer from different supports.

In the Small Theater, Gisela Hernandez bands of small format can record. In this theater also takes place musical shows; conferences, presentations of disks and books, and other offers.

The institution has a store for the sale of CD, cassettes and Cuban music LD, as well as musical intruments, instruments and souvenirs.

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National Music Museum is located in Havana

Capital of Cuba and the country's administrative, political, cultural and scientific center, it is also the capital of two provinces: City of Havana and Havana. Though only around 280 square miles (727 square kilometers) in size-0.65 percent of the archipelago's total area.

The Old Havana and system of forts led UNESCO to declare it a part of world heritage in 1982. Founded on its present site in 1519, the settlement of San Cristobal de La Habana prospered mainly due to its bay, which was a natural port of call for ships sailing to and from the New World. Starting in 1634, because of its strategic location, San Cristobal de La Habana was considered the key to the New World-as attested to by royal letters patent-and the main defense of the West Indies.

The Cuban capital consists of an immense number of buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, built in the course of nearly five centuries. These styles range from the pre-baroque to the baroque, neo-Gothic, neoclassical, eclectic, art noveau and art-deco, to the modern.

Alejo Carpentier, one of Cuba's most famous authors, called it "the city of columns" and focused attention on its streets, which he considered a perennially rich show of life, humanity and contrasts that was bound to entertain any observer.

Over 14 kilometers of excellent beaches lie to the east of the Cuban capital. To the south, a green belt contributes to a healthful atmosphere.

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