Havana’s José Martí Museum
By Livia Rodríguez
Inaugurated on January 28, 1925, the José Martí Museum in Havana is home to the world’s most important collection of items relating to the life and work of Cuba’s “Apostle” and national hero.
Every year, more than 80,000 people pass through the doors of the humble abode where this man of universal vision was born on January 28, 1853. Built at the beginning of the 19th century, the building maintains the characteristics that were typical of the period’s houses: mortar walls and tiled roofs.
Seven exhibition halls display personal items from throughout his life: his childhood, adolescence and early adulthood, from the time when he lived in exile, as well as objects connected to the work he undertook for prestigious cultural institutions. A designated National Monument, the José Martí House/Museum recreates the atmospheres of his New York office and his activities as a Revolutionary Cuban Party delegate.
There is also a glass cabinet and panel displaying personal effects that belonged to his son, José Francisco.