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Tropical Forest Cuba
Tropical Forest Cuba
Tropical Forest Cuba
Tropical Forest Cuba
Tropical Forest Cuba

Experience the natural beauty and culture of Cuba, one of the most biodiverse Caribbean island nations on Earth, in our immersive new Tropical Forest exhibit.

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Tropical Forest Cuba invites guests to take an exciting, immersive journey through one of the most botanically rich forest regions in the world. Visitors will not want to miss this all-access opportunity to explore Cuba’s natural beauty, diverse ecology and culture amidst lush greenery, fragrant flora and engaging cultural experience stations, plus cascading waterfalls, gushing streams and a scenic overlook that provides a panoramic view of the breath-taking exhibit.

With new discoveries at every turn in the impressive 12,000 square-foot, 60-foot high Conservatory, visitors will enjoy a wide variety of exotic Cuban plant species including lush palms like the national tree, the royal palm (Roystonea regia), whose majestic height and striking ornamental silhouette make it an iconic feature of the landscape. Stunning Cuban orchids, unique ferns and rare cycads round out this expansive, curated collection on display for the first time at Phipps.  

Explore unique, engaging new stations located throughout the exhibit, including a birding station featuring life-size replica carvings of five different species of endemic Cuban birds, a paladar restaurant recreation here guests can learn about Cuban cuisine, a traditional Cuban farmacia illustrating how natural medicine is rooted in organic farming and a research station where visitors can see the impact of Phipps' Botany in Action research in Cuba and other locales around the world.

A 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline is on display in reference to the thousands of classic American cars seen on the streets of Havana, giving guests the opportunity to hop in for a photo op and imagine cruising past the nation's lively, bright-hued architecture. At another station, visitors are invited to listen to lively Cuban music and have fun practicing their dance steps. 

To celebrate, Phipps will hold a special Tropical Forest Cuba Festival featuring family-friendly activities, entertainment and food throughout the day on Sat., Feb. 10.  

Researching, planning and curating Tropical Forest Cuba was an extensive multi-year process, with Phipps’ staff traveling to Cuba to observe and explore Cuba’s unique, breathtaking variety of species firsthand. Two photo galleries showcasing Phipps’ research trip, the culture and people of Cuba are on display in this exclusive new exhibit.

Don’t miss the captivating, serene and culturally enriching experience found only in Tropical Forest Cuba.


Read the Tropical Forest Blog

During their trip to Cuba in the summer of 2016, Phipps staff members kept a blog. Read along to follow their adventures!

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For your convenience, you may now buy your Phipps tickets online in advance of your visit.

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With Additional Support from

and Contributors to the Annual Phipps Fund Appeal

Select photos © Paul g. Wiegman

More Events You’ll Enjoy

  • Tropical Forest Cuba Festival

    Sat., July 7; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Join us for a celebration of the culture and plants of Cuba! Participate in activities, enjoy live entertainment, and savor regionally-inspired food samples from Café Phipps. This event is free with admission to the conservatory.
  • Summer Short Course with Noel Kingsbury

    Thurs., July 19; 8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

    Join Phipps and Penn State Extension for a full day of exploring landscape design and creativity with garden writer Noel Kingsbury.
  • July Public Programs

    Saturdays and Sundays; 1:30 p.m.

    Grow your garden know-how by attending a free-with-admission class. From growing succulents to bees and origami to scientists, local experts bring it all to you surrounded by the beauty of our gardens.