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National Art Decorative Museum Museums, Havana . Cuba

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  • Calle 17 No. 502 esq. a D, Vedado. , Havana City. Cuba
  • Destination: Havana
  • Open: Daily
  • Telephone: (537) 8320924
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With an excellent taste, the Museum of Decorative Arts exhibits in its spacious rooms valuable works of European and Oriental art dating back to the 18 th to 20 th centuries. Among its collections, you will find very carefully preserved furniture, ceramics, porcelains, paintings, and sculptures as well as works of applied arts.

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National Art Decorative Museum is located in Havana

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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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Review about Museums: National Art Decorative Museum
Very good Lo

Art Decorative
Its building, once the residence of the Countess de Revilla de Camargo, constitutes today an amazing exponent of Cuban architecture during first part of XX century. Its collection is breathtaking: carpets Aubusson, Oriental porcelains, Sèvres, Faenza, Meissen, Wedgewood or Chantilly, catalan glass, Jansen doors, wooden ornaments of Norabuena and Stuart, Tocqué paintings, Nattier, Largilliere and Hubert Robert. You will also be able to admire the fine dining-room decorated in Regency style, a luxurious bath-room, a bed-room decorated out of Chinese varnish and a secretaire once owned by Marie Antoniette. Don’t forget to walk through the delicious garden.

Very good Evelio

National Museum of Decorative Arts
It houses permanent and temporary exhibitions of the most coloured samples of European and Asian applied arts, ceramics, chinawares, furnitures, paintings and sculptures of the 19th and 20th century. Applied arts. Ceramic. Porcelain. Ancient furnitures. Paintings. Sculptures.

Very good RoxidouNoiro

“A must in Havana ”
You could plan for 45 minutes : this building is nice, big, well located, well well kept and the decor has Spanish influence. There are peopel who watch to avoid having tourist touching furniture. A must in Havana.

Very good fmcintyre

“What a gem ”
Loved how the guide showed you around with such pride and tried to explain everything to you so that you had an individual experience (do not speak Spanish so much of it was gestures and educated guesses). What treasures are hidden here and you get a real feel for how the wealthy lived before the Revolution. Would definitely recommend it... More 

Very good Jill2Travel

“Small but valuable collection in lavish house ”
Liked the opportunity to view an extravagent mansion (once hosted a visit from the Duke of Windsor) and some of its treasures. Some lovely pieces of glass and furniture. Go round with a guide or take coins as each room pretty much requires a little tip for the lady who opens the door for you.

Excellent Chris L

“I love this place. ”
We went here in 2012 and then again in 2014 and were not disappointed either time. It is a fascinating museum set in a former private house. It is stuffed full of antiques from Chippendale to Art Deco. Gives a sense of how the wealthy lived prior to Fidel and Che, and they lived VERY well apparently. Lovely staff as... More 

Excellent Travelaround59

“How the riches lived before the revolution ”
The house is so beautiful and interesting and give you a wonderful insight of the life of the rich plantation owners in Cuba. The only thing that I didn't like much is that the house has been re invented instead of of being the house of the countess. The bedrooms are not there and is just a mix match of... More 

Excellent bas k

“ivory,french antiques in a colonial pre revolutionary mansion ”
The palatial museum is an escape to a world of the pre revolutionary Cuban upperclass and gives an idea of how the now run-down mansions in Vedado area must have been in the early 20th century.A selection of objects said to have belonged to Marie Antoinette of France

Excellent archiscot

“Get your mansion fix ”
Opulent Vedado mansion in a neighbourhood full of restored and crumbling 19th century mansions. Great decorative arts collection "nationalized" in the revolution, but for me the house itself was worth the visit on its own. Don't miss the second floor pink marble bathroom with hinged marble panel entry door, and the fantastic skylight over the stair.

Excellent NCProfesora

“Elegance with History ”
This stunning museum showcases the decorative arts featuring European influences which are prevalent through out La Habana. It's a step back into the past when decorating truly was an art!

Excellent Miia L

“Unbelievable house, great staff! ”
This was a fantastic experience! This house is something else and when you think that it once was a private home not a museum, wow! The museum staff was truly helpful and they knew so much about the collections that with their help we got so much more out of it all. I could have just observe every single room... More 

Excellent RobinThom

“Museo de Artes Decorativas. ”
A glimpse of the lives of the wealthy before the Revolution. This is a pleasant mansion to spend a couple of hours in.

Excellent Alain_Lorraine

“You have to see this! ”
Everything is authentic and open to admire at will, a ladie stay with you all a time and help understanding the decor, she point to you the details. We saw Le Louvre and Orsay and others, this is small but you feel something to be in there contrary to the other museum. I am not a museum fanatic, but I... More 

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