this ''museum'' has only a few masks of carnivals, the rest is pictures of little interest. The place is not well kept.
The museum of costumes worn at the carnivals, was small but in the courtyard at the back about twenty musicians and dancers gave an amazing display of colour and rhythm to the 5 or so watching tourists.
This has a dance show at 4pm, included in your 1 CUC admission (but they deserve a propina at the end!). Dancing was great, I liked it here and it was good to sit down in a nice courtyard and there was a lovely atmosphere. Go there, but only in the afternoon if you want to see the best stuff!
The museum is very basic with a very small display. But.... you need to come in the afternoon when young people show their carnaval dances, we loved it.
Very nice museum and I received a great personalized tour (in Spanish) covering decades of the Santiago Carnival. I found particularly interesting the fact that during the crisis years in the 1990s they use a paperpunch to create the ornaments for the dresses and hats...
Just a few rooms of photos of recent carnivals and a few faded dresses and masks
Santiago de Cuba has the island nation's most important carnival traditions and this museum,located only 5 minutes from the main city square, is a great opportunity to explore the origins of carnival and the way in which it has evolved over time. Lots of good social, economic and cultural history- and if you want feathers, vibrant colours, mask, exotic bests... More
We really liked seeing the costumes and instruments used in the parades, as well as seeing some historical documents. The museum was also easy to find as it is just up the street from Casa de la Trova.
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