Rum Museum in Havana
Under the sultry heat of Havana’s sun, few things come close to tantalising the taste buds as well as true rum based Cuban cocktails. With the age old art of rum making, showcased with pride in Old Havana, it is no wonder that the Havana Club Rum Museum is on a majority of tourists’ to do lists. This historic building houses an authentic reproduction of old rum-distilling machines, as well as the tools used to cultivate sugar cane and produce molasses in the 19th century.
With an extraordinary display of rums, a museum showcasing the art of rum-making and the restaurant offering guests the opportunity to indulge in fine food and even finer beverages – the Havana Club Rum Museum is guaranteed to take the edge off and cool you down a few notches.
The story of the Havana Club Rum Museum
The Havana Club Rum Museum is in tune with the history of Cuba and is considered a national icon which showcases the important heritage of Havana as well as Cuban Rum. This authentic museum relies on the know-how of master rum makers and keeps a close tie to the history of age old rum making techniques and distilling methods.
Cuba is famously known as ‘the Isle of Rum’ and with the ideal climate, perfect soil and introduction of sugar cane in the late 1400s, this magnificent island country continues to live up to its reputation.
Rum production started out when a type of fermented nectar was produced; this became known as tafia - an early type of rum. Once copper stills and the idea of ageing came about, the quality improved drastically and the development of rum began. The man, Pedro Diago, responsible for storing the aguardientes in large pots and burying them underground, soon became known as the father of Cuban rum and was the turnabout for superior rum in the late 19th century.
This superior rum soon became so popular, that it was insisted upon in the elite and royal societies with over 1000 distilleries being established in Cuba.
Tours of the Havana Club Rum Museum
The Havana Club Rum Museum is made up of a scintillating restaurant and cocktail bar, a museum and authentic reproductions of 19th century rum distilleries, as well as displays of bottles of rum lining the walls. Tours of the museum showcase the process of rum making as well as the development of the fermentation, distilling, ageing and serving process of rum in Cuba. These tours will offer visitors a new look at rum making and the art form which results in the smoothest rum in the world.
After a tour of the museum, visitors will find themselves in the heart of the authentic bar and restaurant which serves incredible Cuban cuisine, as well as a variety of mouth-watering cocktails. The Guaravana is a popular choice made of sugar cane juice, orange juice and of course, Havana Club Rum. With everything from mojitos, to speciality cocktails and spiked iced teas - the Havana Club Rum Museum is the perfect destination for rum lovers.
Accomodation in Havana
The Havana Club Rum Museum is located in the heart of Old Havana near the docks, which is a city drenched with history and culture. This prime location is perfect for touring and has a number of hotels, resorts and travellers’ lodges nearby. If you are looking for a more relaxed vacation in Cuba, there are some wonderfully low key accommodation options in more secluded parts of the city, so make sure you keep in mind the type of vacation you are looking for!