Museo de Historia Natural Felipe Poey

CA3
Museum / Cultural center
CA Ranking: 3
Best for: Tenth-century Taíno tobacco idol from the Guantánamo Province
Open: 9am-4pm Mon-Fri
Admission: CUC 1
University of Havana
  • Originally founded by Don Felipe Poey y Aloy in 1842, this was the Museo de Historia Natural de La Real y Pontificia Universidad de La Habana. Over a century later and now bearing the name of its founder, this is the oldest museum in Cuba. Displays include 19th-century specimens of Cuban flora and fauna – plenty of stuffed animals – and a fine collection of multicoloured Polymita snail shells as well as the largest collection of mollusks in Cuba. Upstairs, the Museo Antropológico Montané (1903) has a rich collection of pre-Columbian pottery, carved idols and turtle shells. Another highlight is a tenth-century Taíno tobacco idol from the Guantánamo Province, used to crush tobacco leaves in religious ceremonies.

    The museum is located within the Felipe Poey Building, School of Science, University of Havana

    Admission details: CUC 1; free under-12s

    Opening hours: 9am-noon, 1-4pm Mon-Fri. Closed July-Aug

    
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