The city of Santiago de Cuba is privileged to have the Carnival Museum since June 7th, 1983, a cultural institution created with the aim of showing with its sequence of old pictures, objects, musical instruments and documents of yesteryear, the carnival traditions thanks to the preservation in each one of its halls, the heritage of the carnivals that are annually held in the city during the month of July.
The exhibition halls in the Carnival Museum reflect the history of these popular festivities, different from those held in other parts of Cuba. The themes exhibited in the museum are divided in three main stages: the Carnival during the Colonial times, the Influenced Republic and the Revolution.
Through the tour along the halls of the Carnival Museum you can appreciate the history of this popular celebration which has its origins in the religious processions devoted to the Apostle St. James, held every July 25th. It also has a hall devoted to the musical instruments of important bands in such festivities: Cabildo Carabalí, Tumba Francesa and Conga Santiaguera. Moreover, it is a place where the most renowned folk groups meet to recreate the regional and national folklore.
The Carnival Museum is located inside a construction with an entirely colonial corridor, which is also one of the few of its time that are still preserved in the city of Santiago de Cuba.
Burst into the wonderful world that the Carnival Museum shows and visit this cultural institution which is considered the only one of its kind in the country, and where specialists on the subject will let you know its history and you will be able to appreciate the colorful objects held inside it.
Text: Naryara García Costa
Translation: Beatriz Rodríguez
Address: Calle Heredia # 303 entre Carnicería y Calvario.
Telephone number: +53 (22) 626955
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm