The Hershey Story Museum has a new special exhibit, “Mr. Hershey’s Cuba: A Sweet Venture in Sugar, 1916–1946,”.
The exhibit will tell the story of Mr. Hershey’s Cuban venture in sugar manufacturing and the model industrial town he created there.
While Milton Hershey is widely known as a confectioner and creator of the Pennsylvania community named after him, he also established a Cuban sugar enterprise and the town of Hershey, Cuba, which still exists today.
Visitors to the new exhibit will be virtually transported to a tropical Hershey, Cuba, circa 1940, 14 years after Mr. Hershey created the town.
The exhibit will feature hands-on activities and unique artifacts, movie clips and vintage photos of the Cuban community. Much like Hershey, Pennsylvania, the town of Hershey, Cuba, consisted of a school for orphaned children, hotel, botanical garden, general store, sports club and employee housing.
Interactive displays will simulate phases of sugar manufacturing—from “cane to crystal”—and are designed to engage kids of all ages.
Kids will be able to:
• Operate a filtration system.
• Spin a centrifugal machine.
• Place sugar samples under a video microscope, allowing children to see various types of sugar crystal structures on a high-definition screen.
• Create their own model town using building blocks.
Entry into the exhibit is included in admission to the Museum Experience.