Almost unknown and the only one of its kind in the country, this museum draws special attention. Located in Vista Alegre neighborhood, it treasures up the history of television in Cuba. It was founded by cameraman Bernabé Muñiz, who filmed Fulgencio Batista’s coup d’état in 1952, the surrender of the Moncada Barracks in 1959 and Fidel Castro’s victory parade from Santiago de Cuba to Havana.
In this small museum you can enjoy an impressive collection of samples of almost 500 photography, video and television cameras, all of them property of Bebo Muñiz. Among other themes, this varied collection covers the first steps of photography, espionage cameras used by the CIA, stereoscopic viewfinders from 1872 and equipment used by the Cuban radio and television in different times. Furthermore, at the museum’s library they show documentaries dating from as early as 1926.
The relevant and deep explanations given by the guide of the museum allow us to cover the history of photography and of some of the objects in the collection, from heliographic engravings and daguerreotypes to the Lumière brothers (there are video cameras preserved too) and stereoscopies.
Undoubtedly, it is an interesting place to go to in order to know the culture of our country closely and in images.
Text by: Naryara García Costa
Translation: Beatriz Rodríguez
Address: 8 No. 106 e/ 3 y 5, Vista Alegre
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Category: Local Monument Museum
Price: $2.00 CUC for foreigners /$ 2.00 CUP for nationals