HAVANA, Nov 23 The Aquarium of the Historic Center, completely renovated for the 504th anniversary of the founding of Villa San Cristóbal in Havana, opened its doors to the public today.Lisette Abadie, vice president of the small state company La Quinta S.U.R.L., recently explained that the Investment Directorate of the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana was responsible for executing the transformation of this space, with the contribution of specialists from the Quinta Botanical Garden of the Mills.
Abadie specified that the Aquarium, which was created in 2000 at the initiative of the historian Eusebio Leal Spengler (1942-2020), carried out a complex intervention on its facades and interiors for this new stage, and these works extended to the surrounding homes.
She required renovation in the technical systems and in the water supply that puts the place into operation, she commented. The museum content, Abadie noted, will gradually be enriched with the increase in the number of Cuban species that will be exhibited to visitors.
Freshwater ecosystems, mangroves, seibadals and coral reefs will be shown through attractive visuals.
She said that the rivers of the largest of the Antilles will be represented and through six large fish tanks, and other smaller ones, you will be able to appreciate the diversity of national fish and the challenges for their conservation.
Several specimens of the manjuarí (Atractosteus tristoechus), a Cuban species in danger of extinction, will also appear in this Havana site.
Suma Diseño was in charge of locating all the museography, while the company Sumat S.R.L. was dedicated to the collection of marine fauna, with which it will be possible to interact through video games.
The Aquarium of the Historic Center, located on Teniente Rey Street, between Oficios and Mercaderes, will open its doors from Thursday to Sunday between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. m. and 3:00 p.m. m., for a cost of 50 Cuban pesos (CUP) for nationals and 300 CUP for foreigners.
Children under five years of age, as well as schools and other educational institutions that visit during school hours, will do so for free.