Mayabeque is a territory with a great wealth of culture and original cultural manifestations. Here, peasant folklore and dance art live in the memory of the people since ancient times. The arrival of Haitian, Caribbean, Spanish and Chinese immigrants in the 19th century, who came in search of work, left a cultural imprint on our communities. They brought their traditions with them, and drinks, crafts, music, language, dances and rhythms, and religion, which were displayed during the festivities in their villages. Among the traditions that remain is the Charangas de Bejucal, which are part of the Cultural Heritage of our country. Traditional music festival that has been celebrated for more than 100 years and it is held always at the same time of the year.
“Repentismo” is another manifestation of identity in the region. Its beginnings was a distinctly rural phenomenon that has spread to other areas and age groups. Rumba was created in the mid-nineteenth century. The rumba as the more genuine music-dance community expression of the Cuban national culture, and that has become part of the popular conscience, a lifestyle, a social behavior, a way of speaking, communicating. Read more...
Certainly, together with the dances, the encounter of repentismo has a tradition that makes history with the participation of poets from several countries to show their ability to improvise before a public with experience in the genre and with deep-rooted customs.
The most prominent artists of the territory are: Tata Güines, , outstanding Afro-Cuban percussionist, born in Güines, Chucho Valdés, , famous pianist, jazzist and composer, born in Quivicán, Antonio María Romeu, (1876-1955), a recognized composer and pianist, one of the creators of danzón, born in Jibacoa (Santa Cruz del Norte) and Adolfo Alfonso Fernández, (Melena del Sur, 1924-2012), musician and poet, cultivator of La décima repentista and Punto Guajiro. Other well-known intellectuals are the writer Félix Pita (Bejucal, 1909-1990) and the historian Ramiro Guerra (Batabanó, 1880-1970).
Moreover, this province is the birthplace of emblematic artists such as Odilio Urfé, , Antonio Maria Romeu, Arístides Fernández, , Arsenio Rodríguez, , Mirta Cerra, , Vicentina Antuña, , Raúl Gómez García, Francisco Pereira(Chanchito), , Juan Barona and creators such as the young batabanoense painter Vicente Hernández, the meleneros Carlos Llanes and Andrés Retamero, the güineros Féliz Núñez and Ahmed Fernández.
Batabanó: It has exhibition halls where are exhibited pieces of aboriginal, colonial and underwater archeology. Address: Calle 64 No. 7502 e / 75 y 77, Batabanó. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00 - 19:00 Sunday, 09:00 - 13:00.
Bejucal: Its collections include thematic areas of History, Weapons, Ethnography, Decorative Arts, Numismatics. Address: Ave 13 e / 10 y 12, Bejucal. Tel: (53) 4782339.
Güines: Built in 1919, it treasures the rich history of the municipality, from the first aboriginal settlements to the most relevant events of the present. Mayabeque was granted the title of Village in 1779. Among the most valuable exponents are the publications of the territory and the Acts of the Cabildo. Address: Ave 77 No. 10005 e / 100 y 112, Güines. Tel.: (53) 4722437. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 -19: 00 Sunday, 09:00 -13: 00.
Jaruco: Its collections cover thematic areas of History, Weapons, Ethnography, Decorative Arts, Numismatics. It was the old prison of Jaruco; it is a typical military construction. It was built 1780 - 1880. Address: Calle 32 No. 2102 e / 21 y 23, Jaruco. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 09:00 to 17:00 Sunday, 09:00 - 13:00
Madruga: It has four halls where are exhibited the piano used by José Urfé, the José Urfé original music sheets and other pieces related to the cultural development of the municipality. The building is representative of the typical Casas Quintas (Quintas Houses) that proliferated throughout small towns. Address: Ave 25 No.2807 e / 28 y 30, Madruga. Tel.: (53) 4753545. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 - 19:00 Sunday, 09:00 - 13:00.
Melena del Sur: It is located in the Birth House of Martyr Rogelio Perea Suárez. It covers the entire historical process of the municipality to the present, including the Literacy Campaign. Melena del Sur was declared the first municipality in Cuba and in Latin America, free of illiteracy. Address: Calle 26 No. 5311 e / 53 y 55, Melena del Sur. Tel.: (53) 4755245. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 09:00 - 18:00 Sunday, 09:00 - 13:00.
Nueva Paz: The Museum exposes the history of the municipality, from the aboriginal settlements to the current developments. There can be highlighted the collections of magazines "Cúspides" and "Orígenes". There is also a hall that reflects the life of the Cuban peasant. Address: Ave 15 No. 1211 e / 12 y 14, Nueva Paz. Tel.: (53) 4744509. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 -19: 00 Sunday, 09:00 -13: 00.
Quivicán: Located in an eclectic style house built in 1919, it collects the most remarkable events of the socio-historical process of the town. There can be highlighted the halls dedicated to Gaspar Jorge García Galló, Cuban cigar roller and Cuban communist, and to recreate the manual cigar rolling process. Address: Ave. 19 No. 1604 e / 16 y 18, Quivicán. Tel.: (53) 4755385. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 09:00 - 17:00 Sunday, 09:00 - 13:00.
San Nicolás de Bari: It exhibits personal objects and documents belonging to the political life of Pedrín Troya, organizer of the July 26 Movement and assassinated in May, 1958. Address: Calle 32 No. 4307 e / 43 y 45, San Nicolás de Bari. Tel.: (53) 4762830. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 -18: 00 Sunday, 09:00 -13: 00.
Santa Cruz del Norte: It has six permanent halls and one transitory hall. In one of these halls there are the rum evolutionary process in Cuba and personal objects of the baseball player Pedro (Natilla) Jiménez. There are also pieces related to Santa Cruz archeology and culture. Address: Ave 11-A No. 207 e / 2 y 4, Santa Cruz del Norte. Tel.: (53) 4784345. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 -18: 00 Sunday, 09:00 -13: 00.