Museo Nacional de Historia Natural
On the south side of Plaza de Armas, the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural (Natural History Museum, Obispo #61, e/ Oficios y Baratillo, tel. 07/863-9361, museo [at] mnhnc [dot] inf [dot] cu, Tues.–Sun. 9:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m., CUC3) shows off the rather paltry collection of the Academía de Ciencias and encompasses the Museo de Ciencias Naturales (Museum of Natural Sciences) and the Museo de Ciencias y Técnicas (Museum of Science and Technology), which covers evolution in a well-conceived display.
The Museo Nacional de Historia Natural houses collections of Cuban flora and fauna—many in clever reproductions of their natural environments—plus stuffed tigers, apes, and other beasts from around the world. Children will appreciate the interactive displays.
Immediately east, the Biblioteca Provincial de la Habana (Havana Provincial Library, tel. 07/862-9035, Mon.–Fri. 8:15 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat. 8:15 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sun. 8:15 a.m.–1 p.m.) once served as the U.S. Embassy.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition