Museo Provincial Abel Santamaría
Housed in the Escuela Abel Santamaría (tel. 042/20-3041, Mon.–Fri. 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., CUC1), at the north end of Calle Esquerra in the Reparto Osvaldo Herrera neighborhood, Museo Provincial Abel Santamaría is full of colonial furniture but is dedicated to the province’s role in the Wars of Independence and the fight against Batista.
It features weaponry plus natural-history exhibits. The school was formerly a military barracks, fulfilling Castro’s dictum to turn all Batista’s barracks into centers of learning.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition