Vinales Museums and Art Galleries
(Vinales, Pinar del Rio, Cuba)
There's only one museum as such in Vinales, but it offers the best look at the history and heroes who made the Vinales Valley what it is today. There is also a small art gallery standing adjacent to the Casa de la Cultura that organises cultural events and showcases local artists.
With the abundance of natural beauty and rural life surrounding Vinales, it is only a matter of time before this little town emerges as a true artist haven, replete with more galleries and shops. At present, though, most come here for the scenery and hiking, rather than the culture.
Municipal Museum of Adela Azcuy (Museo Municipal Adela Azcuy)
Address: Calle Salvador Cisneros 115, Vinales, Cuba, CU
Tel: +53 082 79 3395
Once the home of Captain Adela Azcuy (1861 to 1914), a woman folk heroine who fought for Cuban independence, this small but interesting museum contains a collection of furniture from this era, as well as information relating to the history of the area. The Museo Municipal Adela Azcuy is situated part-way down the Calle Salvador Cisneros, the town's principal thoroughfare, and is therefore easy to locate. Guides are on hand, who can speak both English and Spanish, to narrate the story of Vinales and Adela Azcuy. To get a feel of the valley's past, this place is definitely worth a visit. Of interest, several different hikes depart from this spot on a daily basis.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 09:00 to 22:00, Sunday - 08:00 to 12:00
Casa de la Cultura Gallery
Address: Calle Salvador Cisneros, Vinales, Cuba, CU
Located right alongside the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) and next to the old church on the plaza is this small art gallery, which acts as the town's main cultural activity organiser. Besides the occasional rotating art display, the centre hosts various performances every afternoon or evening. These include everything from fashion shows to music concerts, all Cuban-style of course.
Open hours: daily - hours vary, depends on event