University of Havana, Havana Universidad de La Habana
Home to 30,000 students and originally founded in 1721, the Universidad de La Habana has several unique sites on its campus of interest to visitors. Wandering in and amongst the various buildings built between 1906 and 1940, travelers will come across the main staircase and see the statue of the Alma Matter. Dating from 1919, the Alma Matter at the Universidad de La Habana was cast by Mario Korbel.For those interested in allegorical paintings, the Great Hall has a fine collection by Armando Menocal well worth checking out. The Museo Antropologico Montane has a good collection of archeological exhibits including the largest stone sculpture in the Caribbean, the Idolo de Bayamo.Downstairs from the Museo Antropologico Montane is one of the oldest museums in Havana, the Museo de Historia Natural. The museum has interesting exhibits of Cuba's flora and fauna.Near the Universidad de La Habana is a museum dedicated to Napoleon. The museum has over 7,000 items and also includes the gruesome death mask of the man himself.
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The Museo Napoleonico in Havana displays the private collection of Julio Lobo, who was a collector of all things Napoleon. Lobo hired people to find and purchase Napoleonic mementos and memorabilia for his personal collection. When Lobo left Cuba in 1959 his collection was purchased by the Cuban government and is now housed in the Museo Napoleonico.On display are personal items belonging to Napoleon, including one of his teeth and a lock of his hair. The Museo Napoleonico also contains Napoleon's death mask, as well as two portraits of the man, done by Andrea Appioni and Antoine Gros, a library of related topics, and weaponry. In total the collection contains more than 7,000 pieces.
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