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WATCH: New Exhibition On Cuba To Open In NYC

Destination & Tourism Rich Thomaselli November 16, 2016

WATCH: New Exhibition On Cuba To Open In NYC

 Photo courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History 

With the advent of renewed diplomatic relations and the beginning of commercial flights to Cuba from the U.S. for the first time in half-a-century, there is renewed interest in the island.

Now a new bilingual exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City will delve even further into this beautiful place that has been shrouded in mystery from most Americans due to politics.

The aptly named ¡Cuba! offers visitors a closer look at the island’s unique natural history, including its native species, highly diverse ecosystems and geology, and will also explore Cuba’s history and traditions.

¡Cuba! opens to the general public on Monday, Nov. 21 and runs through Aug. 13, 2017.

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“American Museum of Natural History scientists have worked in collaboration with colleagues in Cuba for many decades, studying the extraordinary biological diversity and endemism of this island nation,” Ellen V. Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History, said in a statement. “We are delighted now to work in collaboration with the National Natural History Museum in Havana in a groundbreaking partnership to present this major exhibition exploring Cuba’s amazing and unique nature and culture, especially at a time when cultural understanding and education are critically important.”

Here’s a sneak peek at the exhibition.