Casa Museo de África

CA3
Museum / Cultural center
CA Ranking: 3
Best for: Gifts received by Castro from African countries, and a collection of Santeria icons
Open: 9am-5pm Tues-Sun
Admission: Free
Obrapía #157, e/ Mercaderes y San Ignacio, Habana Vieja
  • The 17th-century townhouse mansion at Obrapia #157 originally served as a shop selling snuff. Today, as the House of Africa, it displays objects of different African cultures, especially ivory carvings, ritual and decorative masks, musical instruments, weapons, tools, and textiles and clothes, many of which are gifts received by Castro from African countries.

    The ground floor depicts the Cuban slave era, including objects for punishing recalcitrant slaves. On the third floor it has a collection of Santeria icons belonging to famous Cuban ethnographer and expert on Afro-Cuban culture, Fernando Ortiz.

    Opening hours: 9am-5pm Tues-Sat; 9am-1pm Sun

    
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