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Cuba Museum Reopens Its Doors

July 19, 2001

HAVANA (AP) _ Cuba’s National Museum of Fine Arts reopened Wednesday after a rehabilitation of the three-building complex, which houses nearly 50,000 works dating back to the island’s Spanish colonization.

The museum complex consists of the Palacio de Bellas Artes, or Palace of Fine Arts; the Asturian Center; and an old building that belonged to Cuba’s militia, the Communist Party daily Granma reported Wednesday.

The museum complex was closed in 1996 because of the precarious condition of the old buildings and restoration began in 1999. The art was removed during the renovation and recently returned.

The Palacio de Bellas Artes holds a wide range of Cuban art, from Spanish colonization to modern times. The majestic Asturian Center nearby, to be inaugurated on Thursday, features old European works of art, as well as collections of American and Latin American paintings. Administrative offices will be housed in the old militia building.

The cultural complex will be opened to the general public Aug. 1.

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