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Welcome to Bacardi Museum

Bacardi Museum

Bacardi, the world's largest privately held, family-owned spirits company, started producing rum in Santiago way back in 1862. The company's current production sales exceed 240 million bottles a year, in 170 countries, although the family fled Cuba after the revolution in 1959. Interestingly, it was the fruit bats that nested in the rafters of the original rum factory that gave Bacardi rum its world-famous bat logo. Emilio Bacardi's private art and antique collection is still in Santiago, as is the original family rum distillery. A fun and educational outing, the Bacardi musuem is well worth a visit when in Santiago. Budget at least an hour to take in all the sights the museum has to offer.


Information & Facts

Address
Calle Pio Rosado No. 552 e/Aguilera y Heredia
Language
The official language is Spanish, but English is spoken in the main tourist spots.
Money

The official currency is the Cuban Peso (CUP), divided into 100 centavos, but the 'tourist' currency is the Peso Convertible (CUC), which replaces the US Dollar as currency in tourist related establishments like hotels, restaurants and so called 'dollar shops'. US Dollars are no longer accepted as payment, and a 10% commission or more is charged to exchange them, therefore the best currency to bring along is Euros, the British Pound or Canadian Dollars. The CUC is almost equal in value to the US Dollar. Some places only accept Cuban pesos and others only Pesos Convertible (usually tourist related establishments). Money should only be changed at official exchange bureaux or banks to avoid scams confusing the two currencies. Visa and MasterCard are generally accepted only in major cities and hotels as long as they haven't been issued by a US bank; Diners Club has limited acceptance, and American Express is not accepted anywhere on the island. Travellers cheques are less readily accepted than credit cards, but all major currencies are acceptable, except for US bank issued cheques. No US-issued credit or debit cards will work in ATMs, but those holding other cards issued in other countries should be able to get pesos at most major tourist destinations. Euro or Sterling travellers cheques are accepted at Cuban banks and Bureaux de Change.

Time
Local time is GMT -5 (GMT-4 from the second Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
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