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Cuba’s nature explored in new exhibit

NEW YORK - The American Museum of Natural History is presenting a bilingual exhibit that explores Cuba’s biodiversity and culture.

The exhibition is called “¡Cuba!” and opens Nov. 21. It was developed in collaboration with Cuba’s National Museum of Natural History under an agreement signed in the summer in Havana.

The wide-ranging exhibition includes photographs and quotes from Cubans, a display on the cultivation of tobacco, a film about Cuba’s history and lifelike models representing the island’s wildlife.

“What we wanted with this exhibit is to take people beyond the headlines to what they may not know or expect about Cuba,” said curator Ana Luz Porzecanski, director of the museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. “Cuba is much more than its wonderful music or Cuban cigars or old cars. Cuba is also a fascinating nation of remarkable biodiversity.”

The United States and Cuba, a Caribbean island nation, are just 90 miles apart but had frigid relations for decades. They announced in December 2014 that they were restoring diplomatic ties, which were broken in 1961 after Fidel Castro took power in Cuba and installed a communist government.

The exhibit will run through Aug. 13, 2017. AP
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