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Friday 27 December 2019

Museo de Orfebrería (Goldsmith's Museum) Habana Vieja, Havana

                      Located in an area of Old Havana that's full of museums, art galleries and tourists, this is one of many of the old mansions that have been restored to show off some of the old artifacts accumilated through the years. It houses a number objects created by Cuban and Spanish silversmiths that were forged mostly between the 19th and first quarter of the 20th centuries but also several pieces dating back from the 16th-18th centuries. Some of the items on display are: cabinets, statues, clocks & watches, swords, paintings, bathroom items, safes, furniture, lamps, platters, medals, candlestick holders, canes, daggers & well as a few more pieces most of which are over 100 years old all of which are of Cuban origin.
                    The house itself dates back to 1665 and in 1707 was owned by the silversmith Gregorio Tabares who lived and operated his workshop there. The current construction dates back from the first quarter of the last century, having had since then various functions and owners. After 1959 it was turned into a coinage workshop, finally becoming the Museum of the Orfebrería in 1996 after 2 1/2 years of restoration work.
                   The Congregation of Silversmiths of Cuba, that was first founded in 1665, was reborn in 1997 and has since then used this Museum its headquarters. It hosts conferences, workshops and exhibitions of objects related to silverware. They also offer tools to artists participating in order to teach them the trade.
                   Worth a stop if you're in the area not just for it's contents but also for it's architectual value. It's not massive so it won't take up too much time and it's free of charge....maybe you might want to give one of the curators a couple of coins.

Museo de Orfebrería
Obispo #113, e/ Mercaderes y Oficios,
Habana Vieja, La Habana
Phone: (07) 863 9861
Open: 9am-5pm Tues-Sat....9am-12:45pm Sun
Admission: Free


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