Museo de Ambiente Histórico Cubano

Museo de Ambiente Histórico Cubano information

Santiago de Cuba , Cuba
admission CUC$2
Opening hours
9am-1pm & 2-4:45pm Mon-Thu, 2-4:45pm Fri, 9am-9pm Sat & Sun
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In the Parque Céspedes's northwestern corner lies the Casa de Diego Velázquez. Dating from 1522, this is the oldest house still standing in Cuba. Restored in the late 1960s, the Andalusian-style facade (you'll know it by its enclosed balcony with the fine, Moorish-style woodwork) was restored in the late 1960s, and opened in 1970 as the Museo de Ambiente Histórico Cubano.

The ground floor was originally a trading-house and gold foundry, while the upstairs was the personal residence of Velázquez himself.

Today, rooms display period furnishings and decoration from the 16th to 19th centuries. Visitors are also taken through an adjacent neoclassical house dating from the 19th century.