Inspired in the Royal Museum of the Real Square in Brussels, Belgium, and born thanks to the support of Madame Jo Draps, its director, this singular place in Havana offers a tour through the history of cacao, its harvesting, production and commercialization.
The French Pharmacy was funded in 1882, on the former Arms Square, known today as Liberty Park, and turned into the Pharmaceutical Museum in 1964.
Only inferior to a similar one in New York, the Scale Model of Havana is, due to its dimensions, the second largest in the world. The 727 square kilometers of the city are represented in relief in an area of 22 meters of length and 10 meters of width.
An ancient three floor colonial residence, placed at El Puerto Avenue, in Havana, is the venue of the Rum Museum . Historians affirmed it was built in the 17th century (1772- 1780), and that it was owned by the Counts Mortera. Due to its historical values was declared Cultural Patrimony of Havana by the UNESCO in 1982.
The most ample collection of Cuban coins is exhibited in this museum, placed out of the old Monte Piedad, very close to the Plaza de Armas, downtown in old Havana.
The Catalá, Sarrá and Co. society opened the drug store La Reunión in May 1853, at 41 Teniente Rey Street. It was one of the most elegant and prestigious pharmacies of Havana. At the beginning of 20th century it was considered second in importance world wide and the first in Cuba.
The number 311 of the narrow O’Reilly street, in Old Havana, reopened on March 16th, 2004. The house was rescued from ruins after a meticulous restoration work, and was turned into Víctor Hugo House-Museum, to honor the French writer, although he never lived or even travelled to Cuba.
The perfume is one of the Cubans' secular devotions. From the times when the grandmothers perfumed the wardrobes with tender mint and vetiver leaves and the families gathered in the interior patios under the aroma of the tropical plants. Perfume was a delicious resource in the middle of the Island's climate, where summer is a permanent season. That's why perfumes have a museum, near a quiet patio of a Seville ambiance, with a fountain, a small reservoir of water and a grapevine.