Cuba Exhibit - Denver
Cuba has been on my to go list for some time. The Cuba exhibit at The Denver Museum of Nature and Science just made me want to go even more. My friend and I went to the exhibit and to the IMAX, neither disappointed. The exhibit was set up with two faux streets, a car in the middle, live music, a short film, art, pictures and all kinds of information.
I enjoyed walking through the shop facades, especially the tobacco room. They showed the process of drying tobacco for the Cuban cigars that they are famous for. The Santería room showed us how religion influences the culture. We also learned all about the different animals you can find in Cuba. There were several small reptiles that I was able to observe and get some good photos of. The pictures depicting life, cities and the people of Cuba were engaging. There were several poster art pieces as they are popular in Cuba.
The IMAX was visually stunning. There were three story lines, a striving ballerina, historical preserver and coral reef researchers. Ballet is prominent in Cuba, Havana has the largest ballet school in the world. It is very competitive and many girls start dancing at a very young age with the hopes of getting into the school. The IMAX followed one of these girls as she was practicing for the chance to get into the school Her family supported her and did all they could to help her. Spoiler alert, she got into the school, it was a touching moment on film, I got a little teary.
The second story line followed Eusebio Leal, a historian renovating buildings in Havana for over fifty year. Much of Havana has deteriorated over time and he is trying to restore the Old Havana. He is well known in Cuba for his dedication and is highly revered.
Over the year’s coral reefs all over the Caribbean have started to deteriorate. This started to happen off the shores of Cuba some time ago, but then they started to rebuild themselves. Researchers have been trying to figure out why as this is not the case anywhere else. Without going into too much detail, due to the organic farming that Cuba practices for their crops the reefs are restoring themselves. Since nothing is put onto the corps, nothing is going into the waters surrounding the islands. Now the reefs are one of the strongest in the world.
I feel like I learned a lot in this exhibit about Cuba and I can’t wait to visit!!
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