Napoleon Museum (Havana)

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Napoleon Museum, Havana, Cuba

The Napoleon Museum in Havana, Cuba houses one of the most important[clarification needed] collections from the 18th and 19th centuries preserved in the Western hemisphere. The museum is on San Miguel Street, between Ronda and Mazón, on one side of the University of Havana.

The museum was founded in 1961, with the collection of Julio Lobo, occupying a 1929 Florentine Renaissance style mansion "La Dolce Dimora", the home of an Italian-Cuban politician, Orestes Ferrara. The architects were Evelio Govantes and Félix Cabarrocas, whose also designed El Capitolio and the Casa de la Amistad on Paseo.[1] The museum reopened in March 2011 after a three-year restoration by the City Historian’s Office.[1] Napoleon Princess Alix de Foresta, widow of Luis Marie Bonaparte, a descendant of Bonaparte’s younger brother Jérôme Bonaparte, was especially invited to the island for the reopening.[2]

The museum displays almost 8,000 items, most of them related to the period from the French Revolution through the Second Empire. The collection includes a specialized library, suits, weapons, military equipment, furniture, coins, historic and decorative objects. Artwork is displayed from Louis Tocqué, Jean-Marc Nattier, Nicolas de Largillière, Jean Baptiste Regnault; François Flameng, Andrea Appiani and Robert Léfèvre. The museum displays Napoleon’s death mask, brought by Dr. Francesco Antommarchi, the last doctor to treat Napoleon on Saint Helena, who died in Santiago de Cuba; and Napoleon's telescope.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Cuba reopens Napoleonic Museum: Considered one of the five most important of its kind in the world", Granma, April 7, 2011
  2. ^ "Rare Napoleonic museum opens in Cuba". The Independent. 3 April 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2020.

Coordinates: 23°08′10″N 82°22′51″W / 23.1360°N 82.3809°W / 23.1360; -82.3809