The Municipal Museum Oscar María de Rojas is the second oldest one in Cuba and has a patrimonial collection of almost 100 000 pieces. The 13 halls in this institution exhibit pieces related to diverse fields, such as biology, numismatics, religion, pre-Columbian cultures, art in general, weapons and the history of Cuba.
One of the most valuable pieces in the museum is an old hearse that dates back from the 19th century, although undoubtedly the greatest attraction is the curious display of two fleas dressed as ballet dancers. On the other hand, the exhibition of weapons draws attention for its valuable examples, which belong to the colonial period in the island, as do the collections of natural history, with a wide variety of species of mollusks and insects, mainly butterflies.
Located in Cárdenas (Matanzas), the institution bears the name of Oscar María de Rojas in honor of its founder. The premises include the installations of what was once the area’s deputy mayor’s residence in colonial times, and subsequently, the Town Hall.
The building is a one-story neocolonial palace where luxury and good taste can be appreciated, starting from the beautiful tiles that decorate the floor and the woodwork and ironwork in each and every one of its halls.
Address: Calzada No. 4 e/ José Antonio Echeverría y José Martí, Cárdenas, Matanzas.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Claudia Edith García
Translator: Beatriz Rodríguez