Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean

Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

Cuba - Museo Municipal de Guanabacoa (Municipal Museum of Guanabacoa)

The museum is lodged in a colonial mansion built in 1831, typical of the historic centre of the city, today declared National Monument. The institution houses a collection of items representative of popular religiosity of strong African influence, concretized with Catholic saints and liturgy, and it is a centre that promotes the oral cultural traditions of the population.  

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The centre is one of the most important museums in the city of Havana and a cultural institution of reference in the municipality. It was the first museum in the country to exhibit ethnological on religious ethnology of African origin.

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Other data of interest


Founding Date

1964 July 26


Protection of Cultural Heritage


Martí No 108 e/ Versalles y San Antonio. Guanabacoa

Telephone Numbers

(53) 77 97 9117 y 77 97 2078

Person in charge

Lourdes Millet Ramos - Director

Other members of the Executive

Alina Atencio Rosabal. Main Specialist of the Museum’s Inventories.

Alina Díaz Castillo. Manager.

Objectives of the institution

The institution’s objectives are to preserve its collections, identifying, protecting and disseminating the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the municipality, including traditional popular culture, providing a cultural programme consistent with its terms of reference.

Heritage documents under its protection

-    Public Records from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
-    Other documents from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
-    Periodical publications, magazines and others, from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
-    Ethnological collections related to African religions.

This documentation is for the use of scholars, students, historians, researchers and others.