In the city of Cárdenas, in the province of Matanzas, a coastal locality also known as Ciudad Bandera (Flag City), you can find the Museum José Antonio Echeverría, declared National Monument in 1971. The building was built in 1873 and turned into a museum in 1973. José Antonio Echeverría, a student figure who fought against Batista’s tyranny, was born there.
This museum, which has nine exhibition halls, was reopened by Fidel Castro in July, 2005, after having been subjected to several restoration processes that gave it back its original splendor.
It is impossible to come to Cuba and not to visit this place, located in front of the former José Estrada Palma Square, named today after this leader from Cárdenas. The architecture of the two-story dwelling, of neoclassical style, has classicistic elements, especially on the façade and some halls outside. But it also has characteristics that are very typical of North American architecture.
The Museum José Antonio Echeverría treasures valuable and original objects, photographs and historical documents related to his life and works.
Price: Ticket (guide included): 5.00 CUC.
Address: Avenida de Jénez, no. 240, e/ Callejón de Cachurro y Coronel Verdugo, Cárdenas, Matanzas.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday (9:00 am to 6:00 pm) and Sundays (9:00 am to 12:00 m).
© Aracelys Bedevia.
Translation: Beatriz Rodríguez