Special Event:  On Thursday, May 4, immerse yourself in an after-hours tour of ¡Cuba!, joining renowned contemporary poets Nancy Morejón and Derek Palacio, as they explore mythologies and lived experiences of Cubans. 

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Welcome to Cuba

Its complex politics and vibrant music have attracted the attention of the world. But Cuba, the largest island nation in the Caribbean, is also home to the unexpected. It’s a place of stunning contrasts: mysterious caves and bright boulevards, sweltering fields and cool forests, hard challenges and high energy.


This exhibition takes you inside the Cuban experience. Meet its people, explore its landscapes and encounter its rare and unusual species—and come away with new perspectives on this intriguing country so close to our shores.

Click on the image below to see the locations featured in the exhibit.

© AMNH


Exhibition Highlights

Cuba's Caves

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Cuba's Caves

Hidden from view, shielded from the elements, caves harbor tantalizing traces of Cuba’s past.

Cuba's Coral Reefs

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Cuba's Coral Reefs

Not far from the main island of Cuba, fish zip past banks of coral studded with colorful starfish, sea fans and sponges. 

Humboldt National Park

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Humboldt National Park

Stretching from the mountains to the sea, this landscape is among the most biologically diverse island sites on the planet.

Zapata Wetlands

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Zapata Wetlands

The Zapata peninsula contains the largest and most important wetlands in the Caribbean, making its conservation a top priority for the entire region.

Cuban Avenue

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Cuban Avenue

An open boulevard evokes the street life of Cuban cities and invites visitors to stroll, sit, and discover Cuban culture.

Cuban Art

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Cuban Art

Visit a gallery showcasing contemporary Cuban poster art.

Afro-Cuban Religion

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Afro-Cuban Religion

Cubans from many different walks of life find inspiration in orisha religion, an Afro-Cuban spiritual practice sometimes called Santería.

Tobacco in Cuba

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Tobacco in Cuba

Explore the craft of cultivating one of Cuba's most famous crops, tobacco.

¡Cuba! is co-curated by Ana Luz Porzecanski, director of the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, and Chris Raxworthy, curator-in-charge in the Museum’s Department of Herpetology.

¡Cuba! was developed in collaboration with the Cuban National Museum of Natural History.

Major funding for ¡Cuba! has been provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund. 

Significant support for ¡Cuba! has been provided by the Ford Foundation.

Generous support for ¡Cuba! has been provided by the Dalio Ocean Initiative.

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Slideshow photos (in order of appearance, beginning with Cuban anole illustration): © Michele Miyares Hollands; ©AMNH/D. Finnin; ©AMNH/R. Mickens; ©AMNH/R. Mickens; ©AMNH/D. Finnin; ©AMNH/D. Finnin

 

¡Cuba!