The Havana Club Rum Museum is particularly popular with tourists. Those who visited it will learn the centuries-old history of the production of this world famous drink. And the exhibits of the collection personally demonstrate all the stages of its manufacture, starting from the fermentation process and ending with a long exposure. Models of various factories built on the island for the manufacture of rum, presented a separate exhibition.
Whoever gets to the museum on the weekend can fully enjoy the Cuban tunes performed by the local Tata Guines Junior y Sus Mulatas orchestra.
Of course, for some visitors, a tasting of the best-selling Cuban drink in the world will be memorable. Here you can buy the famous souvenir home, you can be sure of its authenticity.
Where is the museum located
The museum is located at: Calle San Pedro, 262. It is in the heart of old Havana.
It will be easier to hire a cab, a Coco (three-wheeled moped) or a taxi and go to the main attractions of Havana, stopping by the museum. You can get to the old part of the city for 25-30 cookies. With public transportation in Cuba is bad.
Ticket price to the Havana Club Rum Museum
Entrance ticket to the famous museum costs $ 10. Some lone tourists save by joining the tour group. Thus pass free. We advise bona fide tourists to wait a bit at the entrance to the museum building (5-10 minutes), people will come running and when there are about 30 people, the guide will begin his story and you will go to the world of Roma.
The history of the Havana Club rum brand in Cuba
The Havana Club rum brand appeared on Liberty Island in 1934. Since 1994, rum of this brand has been actively sold around the world. But it was like that.
In Cardenas in 1878, the Arechabal family opens its own distillery. Having created the most usual (so far) brand “Havana Club”, the owners opened the production of rum at the highest level, taking care of its excellent quality. Established the sale of the drink throughout Cuba and the United States. In 1960, the government of Fidel Castro nationalized all the distilleries in the country, and the Arechabal family had to emigrate: part of the clan went to Spain, some to the USA.
Socialist Cuba did not intend to lose and close production, which brings huge income. Export of rum was established in 1972 in the Soviet Union, in Eastern Europe. The Havana Club is declared a national treasure by the Government of Cuba. In 1977, the laborious production of rum was transferred to a factory in Santa Cruz del Norte.
Rum under the same name has been produced and sold since 1994 by the Bacardi company, which built factories outside Cuba in Puerto Rico. A drink recipe was sold to her by members of the Arechabal family.
The conflict between Bacardi and Perno Ricard, which owns the Havana Club International company together with the Cuban government, lasts several years. Since 1995, more than a thousand lawsuits have been filed. In January 2016, the Patent and Trademark Office issued a license until 2026 to Perno Ricard to own the Havana Club brand. Bacardi did not arrange this document, and the final point has not yet been set. In the meantime, “Bacardi” on its labels “Havana Club” makes the entry “Puerto Rican rum."
Today “Havana Club” is the 5th brand in the world in terms of sales. He is known in 120 countries. The design of the rum bottles has been unchanged for decades: the cork is red-golden in color, the label contains an image of La Real Fuers with a weather vane from the old fort of Havana.
The strength of the drink is 40-45 degrees. Bottles of 50, 500, 700, 750 and 1000 ml are available. Havana Club International produces several types of strong drink.
Types of Havana Club rum
Anyejo Blanco is a young one-year white rum with a strength of 40 degrees. Absolutely unobtrusive, subtle smell of vanilla, caramel and cocoa. Used to create cocktails: mojito and daiquiri.
"Anejo 3 Anos" is a 40% rum with an aging of 3 years, with a faint beige tint. There are notes of pear, banana, caramel, chocolate, vanilla in it. Also designed to create cocktails.
Anyejo Especial - honey-golden color, rum fortress of 40%. It breaks out more distinctly the taste of spices, flowers, wood and citrus. The uniqueness of rum adds notes of orange zest and tobacco. Stand it for 3 years. We recommend diluting it with pomegranate or grapefruit juice before use.
Anyeho Reserve is a saturated amber color rum with a strength of 40%. It combines pear, wood, tobacco aromas with the taste of cocoa and coffee. Stand it for 5 years. This rum should be drunk undiluted, slowly and in small sips.
"Anejo 7 Anos" - a rum of dark color, aged 7 years, fortress 40 degrees. The fusion of the taste of fruits, coconut, walnut, spices and tobacco makes the drink unforgettable and rich. The technology of its creation is such that several varieties of rum are mixed, the youngest of them is 7 years old. The technology of their connection is kept secret.
Anyejo 15 Anos, a rum awarded the prestigious International Spirits Challenge Award, is available in limited quantities and has a 15-year exposure. Its color is the fusion of dark amber with gold. The taste is dominated by notes of fruit and oak. Insist a drink in special old oak barrels.
"Maximo Extra Anyeho" is an elite rum, even bottled in special bottles. Its strength is 40%. One bottle of such a drink costs $ 1,000. Manually glassblowers made just a thousand bottles for such a noble drink. It feels dark chocolate, vanilla and dried fruits.
"Seleksion de Maestros" is a premium-class rum, named "The Choice of Masters", has been awarded several prestigious awards, including a double gold medal at the World Spirits Competition (San Francisco).
The Havana Club company organized the museum in 2000. The building was chosen old, the palace was built in the 18th century in the old part of the capital of Havana.
What will surprise tourists with the collection of museum exhibits
The museum building consists of 2 floors and ground floor. The first floor is reserved for the workshop for the production of oak barrels in which the drink is aged. The second floor is a whole production. Here you can see the press used to squeeze sugar cane, and the real carriage in which the cane was transported from sugar plantations to the factory.
Museum exhibits are selected in such a way that visitors get acquainted with the detailed manufacturing process, seeing all the stages of development of the famous Cuban drink.
It will be interesting for children in a demonstration workshop showing all the stages of work on rum: models of steam locomotives, ships, electric railway for sugar cane delivery, full-size barrels for storing a drink, etc.
Travel tips for exploring a Cuban celebrity
- Stop by the store after an excursion: it has a large selection of excellent rum, there is even a bottle of drink for 1700 euros.
- The tour may seem a little boring. This is not a party at Tropicanka. The tasting and music will brighten up the visit a little.
- Plan an excursion to the museum along with visits to other attractions in the Cuban capital: the City Hall, La Fuerza Fortress, Cathedral Square with the Cathedral, Santa Clara Convent, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. And you can go to museums: ceramics, anthropology, colonial, national, Ernest Hemingway, Guanabocoa. If you have free time, then look at the Partagas cigar factory.
- Children are allowed into the museum, they do not need to buy a ticket.
- Unfortunately, excursions are not conducted in Russian. Guides narrate in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. You have to strain and remember at least the school curriculum.
- Once a month, the museum holds a lottery. The winner will receive a bottle of an elite drink as a gift, no matter where the winner lives.
We wish you to be lucky! In any case, a visit to the Havana Club Rum Museum will be remembered for a long time.
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This museum, one of the most popular in Cuba, is dedicated to what is difficult to imagine Cuban culture without. It is, of course, about rum. This drink, like the famous Cuban cigars, has long become one of the unofficial symbols of the island. More than a million people visit the Havana Roma Museum annually. Here, every tourist can easily get acquainted with the production process of the legendary Havana Club rum.
Rum appeared in the XVI century, when in Cuba they began to produce alcohol from sugarcane widely distributed here. The forerunner of Cuban rum was aguardiente - vodka made from molasses, a dark brown syrupy liquid obtained from sugar cane waste. In the XIX century, the distillation process was modernized, as a result of which the quality of the drink improved significantly. Thus, Cuban rum became famous throughout the world.
Rum, like most alcoholic drinks, has its own types: Silver Dry (a young, transparent rum used in cocktails), Carta Blanca (aged 3 years), Carto Oro (aged five years) and Anejo (aged seven years). Long-aged rum is usually drunk undiluted or with ice. In the museum you can find a wealth of information about the history of rum production. Also during the tour there is a unique opportunity to see firsthand the main stages of the production of rum: fermentation, distillation, filtration and aging. In addition, to diversify the visit to the museum, every Saturday and Sunday you can enjoy performances by Cuban musicians: on Saturdays, usually plays jazz, and on Sundays everyone can dance the rumba with the orchestra Tata Guines Junior y Sus Mulatas. The ticket price includes a visit to the museum and tasting of various varieties of rum.
1. The Capitol
The grand government building in the Renaissance style was opened in 1929. It is larger in size than a similar building in Washington. Since 1960, there has been one of the Cuban ministries, a historical museum, a scientific and technical library. A luxurious staircase with two 6-meter sculptures on the sides leads to the main entrance. Massive bronze doors are decorated with bas-reliefs on the theme of Cuban history. Under the dome in the floor of the Capitol, a mark of zero kilometer is set.
2. Embankment Malecon
It was built at the beginning of the 20th century in order to protect urban structures from erosion by water. The length is 7 km. Covers 14 quarters with modern and old buildings, many monuments to national heroes and historical events. Venue of the annual Havana Carnival. UNESCO contributes to the restoration of historic buildings - they gain bright colored facades. Many shops, restaurants, hotels. The tallest house in the capital is built here - a 24-story hospital.
3. The Square of the Revolution
It began to be built during the reign of Batista and was called the Civil or Republic. After the Cuban revolution in the late 50s it was renamed, and became the venue for all meetings and demonstrations. The largest area of the capital, can accommodate up to 1.5 million people. Among the main objects is the Jose Marti marble memorial with the highest tower in the city. And also a huge portrait of Che Guevara, fixed on the facade of the building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
4. Jose Marti Memorial
Opened in 1958 on the Revolution Square. It consists of a five-pointed section of a 109-meter tower and an 18-meter statue of a Cuban poet and revolutionary. The pedestal near the monument is used as a platform during rallies and celebrations. At the top of the tower is an observation deck, the highest in Havana. Inside is a museum, the exhibits of which are associated with the work and political activities of the national hero, as well as with the history of the Revolution Square.
5. Plaza de Armas
The oldest square in Havana - the Armory - was laid by the Spaniards in 1519 for ceremonial events and a military drill. It acquired a modern look in the XVIII century. Notable buildings include the El Tempo Chapel, the Palace of Captain Generals, and the 5-star Santa Isabel Hotel in the 18th-century palace. In the center is a monument to Carlos Manuel de Cespendes. On the square is the famous book market, where they sell old magazines, books and paintings, small souvenirs.
6. Plaza Vieja
Appearing in 1559, the Old Square managed to visit a resting place, a shopping center, a territory for executions, processions, bullfights. It acquired a modern look in the 18th century, when arcades were rebuilt around the perimeter. The architecture of the buildings intertwined with different styles from baroque to modernism. Here you can find the Photo Library, Art Gallery, and the Center for Visual Art. Lots of bars and cafes. In the center is the fountain of 1796. Every evening, musicians play.
7. Prado Boulevard
The main walking area of Havana with shady trees, lanterns, sculptures of lions and marble benches. The length is 2 km. It originates from Central Park and stretches to the promenade. It dates back to the 18th century. However, the current appearance acquired after reconstruction in 1929. Along the street are the Capitol, the House of Science, the Bolshoi Theater, the Moorish House, the Wedding Palace, hotels and other buildings. Near the bar "Floridita" - a monument to Hemingway.
8. The Bolshoi Theater of Havana
It has its history since 1838. Although the current appearance in the Baroque style acquired in 1915. One of the most beautiful buildings of Havana. Its facade and interior are decorated with statues of the Italian master Moretti. It has several concert and rehearsal rooms, many galleries, a choral center. The main hall of Garcia Lorca has 1,500 seats. Home stage of the national ballet. The venue of the festivals of ballet, jazz, Caribbean culture, theater, etc.
9. Museum of the Revolution
It was founded in 1959. It is housed in the building of the former Presidential Palace. It consists of 30 halls, in which about 9 thousand exhibits are presented. Museum expositions reflect the history of the struggle of the Cuban people for their independence, from the colonial seizure of the island by the Spaniards to the events of the Cuban revolution, as well as the period after 1959. Some of the exhibits are placed in the park behind the museum. These are samples of equipment that took part in military events.
10. National Museum of Fine Arts
It was created in 1913. The largest art museum in the country. Its expositions are located in 2 buildings. The Palace of Fine Arts contains a collection of works by Cuban masters dating back to the 18th century. All schools and movements, more than 1200 paintings, sculptures and prints are represented. The Asturian Center exhibited paintings by European and American painters. Particular attention is paid to Flemish and Spanish artists of the XIX century. The art of the ancient world is also represented.
Gallery of modern art in the territory of the former plant for the production of vegetable oil. Opened in 2014. The most fashionable place in Havana, where creative life is in full swing around the clock. Presented are samples of modern painting and literature, photography and sculpture. Sounds live music, regularly hosts parties, shows, receptions, enchanting performances. Many bars with a large selection of cocktails at affordable prices. On the roof there is a restaurant with original cuisine.
12. Napoleonic Museum
The basis for the creation of the museum was the collection of the Cuban tycoon Julio Lobo, a big admirer of Napoleon. Today in museum collections about 8 thousand exhibits are stored, the main of which is a posthumous mask shot by the personal doctor of the French emperor.Also presented furniture, weapons, clothing of the Bonaparte era, his personal belongings, sculptures and paintings, a library of 5 thousand volumes in different languages. The expositions are located in a 4-storey old mansion.
13. Ernest Hemingway House Museum
Finca la Vigia, an estate in southeast Havana, was donated to the government by Hemingway's wife after his death. The writer spent 20 years here. The house is located on a hill near the sea. The interior, which was during the life of the master, was recreated inside. His fishing and hunting trophies, weapons, photographs are hung on the walls, dishes are placed in the dining room, 9 thousand books are stored on shelves. In the courtyard there is a boat on which Hemingway liked to go to sea.
14. Rum Museum “Havana Club”
Opened in 2000 at the initiative of a company producing the world's best-selling rum. Located in Old Havana, on two floors of a historic building of the XVIII century. Visitors are shown a workshop for the production of barrels for aging rum, the main stages of its production. Presented models of Cuban factories, railways. On weekends, you can listen to Cuban music bands at the museum. There is the possibility of tasting and buying your favorite variety of rum.
15. Havana Cathedral
It began to be erected by Jesuit monks in the middle of the XVIII century. After their expulsion from the country, it was gradually completed with the participation of invited Italian masters. It was consecrated in 1798. Made in the Baroque style of coral limestone interspersed with shells. The two side towers of the cathedral are asymmetrical. One has already been done so that during rain, water can freely flow from Cathedral Square. Until 1896, the remains of Columbus rested here, then they were taken to Spain.
16. Church of St. Francis of Assisi
A monumental building in the Baroque style on the square of the same name. It was erected in the 16th century. The 42-meter church bell tower is the tallest religious building in Havana. Upstairs is equipped with an observation deck. The temple is part of the former Franciscan monastery. Today, a museum is opened in it, where numerous historical and religious values are stored. The church hall has excellent acoustics; chamber music concerts are regularly held here.
17. Havana Christ
The 20-meter statue of Jesus from snow-white Italian marble was created in 1958. It weighs 320 tons. The sculptor is Hilma Madera. The project was financed by the wife of Cuban President Batista. The majestic monument was sculpted in parts in Italy, then transported to Havana. Installed on the hill of La Cabanha, on a 3-meter pedestal and at an altitude of 50 meters above sea level. Three times he was struck by lightning strikes and was restored. As a result, a lightning rod was erected nearby.
18. La Real Fuerza
One of the oldest fortresses in America. It is located in the eastern part of the city and is better preserved than other defensive forts. It was built in the XVI century in order to protect the harbor from pirates. Over the next 2 centuries, it was rebuilt and strengthened several times. A tower with a weather vane in the form of a girl was built on one of the bastions. Since 2010, the Maritime Museum has been operating here, where you can see models of ships, navigational instruments, items from wrecks.
19. El Morro
The indestructible symbol of Havana is a fortress on a rocky hill. It was built at the end of the XVI-beginning of the XVII century to protect the entrance to the harbor. The base of the fortress is 3 bastions and a 25-meter lighthouse. The cannons of the fort are rusted, but the walls are perfectly preserved. All the old Havana is clearly visible from them. Today inside the castle is an exhibition dedicated to the Cuban lighthouses. You can get to the fortress by car or bus through an underground tunnel built under the bay.
20. San Carlos de la Cabana
The grandiose, largest in the country fortress complex, built in the XVIII century. On its walls, with a height of 700 meters, 120 guns were placed. In the XIX-XX centuries. the fortress served as a prison. In the 1950s, during the revolution, the commandant's office of Che Guevara was here. Since the end of the last century, it has been declared a military historical park. On the territory of the complex there is a museum of weapons and the museum of Che Guevara, several cafes, souvenir shops. By tradition, old cannons are scorched daily at 9 p.m.
21. University of Havana
Located in the prestigious area of Vedado. Established - 1728 One of the leading universities in the country. Consists of 14 faculties. Today, about 60 thousand students study here. The magnificent university building is made in the neoclassical style, decorated with columns, frescoes, a wide staircase leads to the main entrance. In the center stands a sculpture of Alma Mater, created by one of the local artists in 1919. At the time, the university graduated from Fidel Castro.
22. Palace of the Captain-Generals
Former residence of governors-governors of Havana. Located on the Plaza de Armas. It was built at the end of the XVIII century. The building is made in the Baroque style of coral limestone interspersed with small shells. Decoration is served by elegant arcades, balconies with stained-glass windows. In the courtyard is a statue of Columbus. Since 1968, the city’s historical museum has been located in the palace, where works of art and rare exhibits from the time of Spanish colonization are presented.
23. Cemetery Colon
The giant kingdom of white marble in the open. It was founded in 1876. On the territory of 57 hectares there are about 800 thousand burials of the most famous personalities of the country. Most of the tombstones are beautifully decorated, decorated with magnificent statues and sculptural compositions. There are mausoleums, family necropolises, even ancient Greek temples. There are streets with names, sidewalks and signs. Guided tours are organized around the cemetery for tourists.
Futuristic, vibrant world of mosaic paintings, sculptures, painted products. Its creator is local artist Jose Fuster. The master painted a rainbow of ceramics with his house and surroundings in the coastal area of Haimanitas. Surrealistic creatures, faces, eyes, chess pieces are depicted on walls, roofs of houses, garages, even at the bus stop. The sight is quite impressive. You can buy souvenirs and some of his work in Fuster’s workshop.
25. Cabaret "Tropicana"
Bright enchanting show, about 200 highly professional musicians, dancers, acrobats and singers, luxurious costumes and makeup, a touch of eroticism, national Cuban cuisine and the Roma Sea. All this is the most popular cabaret in Cuba, which tourists from all over the world seek to get into. It was created in 1939 at the Villa Mina estate. It occupies a vast territory, buried entirely in dense tropical thickets. Visitors must be at least 14 years old.
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More than a hundred thousand people come to learn more about the drink so popular all over the world every year. The museum has a large documentary collection telling about the history of the production of alcoholic beverages. On weekends, performances by Cuban musicians are organized in the museum building. On Saturday, connoisseurs of jazz music gather here, and Sunday has become a passionate rumba day performed by the Tata Guines Junior y Sus Mulatas orchestra.
The history of rum dates back to the 16th century, when they first began to produce alcohol from sugar cane. Long before the advent of rum, Cubans began to produce aguardiente. It was obtained from molasses, which is a waste of a sugar-containing plant brought by African slaves, who used it in the process of ritual ceremonies. By the 19th century, the distillation process was almost perfected, which significantly improved the quality of the product. During the tour you will get acquainted with each of the stages of making the famous drink, from fermentation to aging in special oak barrels.
The most anticipated part of the tour is a tasting, which will allow you to try all 4 varieties of rum: Silver Dry is the youngest and most transparent drink used in cocktails, rum with three years of aging, Carto Oro, which spent in the barrel for at least 5 years and the most tart Anejo of seven years of aging. Cubans insist that rum long exposure must be consumed undiluted or with a cube of ice.