Museum of Cigars at the Old Area of Havana City

Occupying a small space, to a first floor, there is the City Historian Office’s Museo del Tabaco in the heart of La Habana Vieja, headed by Zoe Nocedo.

It is a site for dreaming, a site for remembering and for having this product alive forever from its different spectrums. The place holds encounters, gatherings, exhibits, interviews, seminars and high level courses related to the Cuban cigar.

Outstanding figures from all over the world attend to this facility, above all, from the academic area: historians, journalists, traders, scholars; who search answers to their questions. And all of them are pleased, in a way or another.

Nevertheless, the path is still unveiled, since the small museum is going to turn into a larger one as planned by the historian.

And as an additional novelty, the Museo del Tabaco, the current one, counts on a Habano House in its first floor, also small but very well supplied.

Since its inauguration, the Habano House of La Habana Vieja, historical area of the Cuban capital, turned into the most odd of that franchise currently with more than 100 facilities all over the world.

Among the peculiarities there is the fact that counts on its own Tobacco Museum and it is the smaller one with only one sales room.

Nonetheless, it counts on added values such as being located in a very favorable historical environment, the older part of the villa founded in 1519.

Then, apart from the selling of the Habanos, it attracts due to its furniture, important pieces and even due to the temporary exhibits of high value assets, such as a collection of Austrian pipes granted by the Tobacco Museum of Viena in 1997.

On one side, the director of the museum, Zoe Nocedo, is an active history researcher, and on the other, the management of the Habano House, stimulates the purchase and knowledge of the Cuban Habanos; they guide a very interesting walk through the museum.

The Museum was founded on February 26, 1993 in a mansion of the 18th Century that used to belong to the Bartolome Luque family, with different owners in time and transformations until it became what it is today.

This cultural centre counts on three rooms. The main one is the entrance hall with paintings and furniture, and a 19th century tobacco press that used to belong to the Corona factory, the aborigine figure of a Cemi, or wooden sculpture for tobacco and other objects’ rituals.

As very curious collections –showed in the other rooms- there are archeological pipes found in the Bay of Matanzas, 100 kilometers to the east of Havana, and an English one from the 17th century rescued from the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, a museum nowadays, also in La Habana Vieja.

Other important exhibits are the lithographic stones, the first technique used for making bands and tobacco paintings, with a mural about the topic and pieces of the 80´s, in the 19th century.


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