The Greatest Public Collection on Napoleon Bonaparte
Quite near the University of Havana, in a building that imitates a Renaissance Florentine palace from the 16th century, it is located the Napoleonic Museum of Havana. This Cuban institution treasures the most important collection on Napoleon Bonaparte in Latin America, y it remains open to the public.
The exhibits in this museum come mainly from Cuban landowner Julio Lobo Olavarría’s collection, but there are also donated pieces, pieces bought by the institution itself and others recovered by the State. The galleries take four floors of the building and they exhibit paintings, engravings, sculptures, furniture, military uniforms, weapons, historical objects.
Founded in 1961, this museum has nearly 10,000 greatly valuable pieces from the Napoleonic era. Among them there stand out the emperor’s original death mask made and brought to Cuba by Francesco Antommarchi (the emperor’s family doctor); the gold watch that told the time during the last hours of his life, and a vast library with more than 4,000 titles from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
The mansion that works as the venue for this Cuban institution was originally a dwelling baptized as Dolce Dimora by its owner, Dr. Orestes Ferrar Marino, an Italian lawyer and politician. From its balcony you can enjoy a nice view of the city, from the sea all the way to the Revolution Square. In 2012, the museum was given the National Restoration Award.
Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Contact Info: Address: San Miguel, No. 1159 esquina a Ronda. Plaza de la Revolución. Havana. Cuba.
© Aracelys Bedevia
Translation: Beatriz Rodríguez