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Mayor General Vicente García Provincial Museum, Las Tunas

Do not miss the visit to the flashy Vicente García Provincial Museum, declared National Monument of Cuba.

Mayor General Vicente García Provincial Museum, Las Tunas
Mayor General Vicente García Provincial Museum
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Located in the old town of the city of Las Tunas you will find this antique colonial blue house which, for many, is the most important building in the capital.

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This eclectic two-roof buildings, also known as the blue building, was in its beginning a colonial mansion of mister Enrique Rosende. After the Independence War it worked as Telegraph Headquarters until it burned with the rest of the city in 1897. Years later, in 1921, the building was restored to work as City Hall or Municipal Palace until the middle of the 20th century. From that date on, it started to be used for different social purposes until in the 80s it was opened as Las Tunas Provincial Museum and, currently, is still working as that.

One of the main social aims of this monument is the rescue, investigation and exhibition of the cultural heritage of the city and for that, different rooms have been prepared to host permanent and a temporary exhibitions, which show the history, science and culture of the Tunero community. Thus, by the hand of some charming tour guides, you can get to know the history of the province through interesting remains such as old weapons, chains used to seize the slaves, photographs, decorative arts and so much more.

This famous monument has the name of one of the most important Generals who was part in the Ten Years’ War. To him it is owed the motto of the Las Tunas flag ‘Burned before Slaved’; because in 1876, when the Mambises could not stand anymore the occupation of the Spaniards in Las Tunas, decided to burn down the city so it could not serve as refuge for the Spanish Army. It was in this moment when the General Vicente García ordered to burn down the city. The good man decided to start with its own house, asserting: ‘Tunas I set you fire, because I’d prefer you burned before slaved’. In his honour, you can also find documents and objects related to the Major General, and its military and political activities.

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Location:

Calle Francisco Varona e/ calle Vicente García y calle Colón. Las Tunas, Cuba

Admissions:

1 CUC

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Friday: 9.00-17.00

Friday and Saturday: 13.00-21.00

Sunday: 8.00-12.00

Telephone:

+53 31 348201

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