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.


The wide-ranging exhibition includes photographs and quotes from Cubans, a display on the cultivation of tobacco, a film about Cuba’s history and lifelike models representing the island’s wildlife.


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.

“What we wanted with this exhibit is to take people beyond the headlines to what they may not know or expect about Cuba,” said curator Ana Luz Porzecanski, director of the museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. “Cuba is much more than its wonderful music or Cuban cigars or old cars. Cuba is also a fascinating nation of remarkable biodiversity.”


The exhibit is comprised of the following displays

Afro-Cuban Religion

Tobacco in Cuba

Cuban Avenue

Cuban Art

Cuba’s Caves

Cuba’s Coral Reefs

Zapata Wetlands

Humboldt National Park

November 21, 2016 – August 13, 2017

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

Open daily from 10am – 5:45pm