Discover the “other” model town Milton Hershey built in Cuba!
Also named Hershey, this town supported a sugar mill and refinery rather than a chocolate factory. After all, sugar is an essential ingredient in Hershey’s Milk Chocolate.
The exhibit explores how sugarcane was grown, harvested, milled and turned into both raw and refined sugar. Take a trip on the Hershey Cuban Railway, learn about sugar and discover how Hershey, Cuba was different from other Cuban communities. Through hands-on activities, guests can experience the process of filtration and how a centrifugal machine works. A fascinating videomicroscope will let visitors magnify sugarcane and various kinds of sugar crystals on a high-definition TV screen.
Milton Hershey’s influence on the island was so significant that he was awarded the “Grand Cross of the National Order of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes” by Cuba’s president in 1933. It was the highest honor Cuba could bestow upon a foreigner. Visitors can see the medal, sugar processing tools and equipment, Hershey’s sugar bags, a Cuban baseball uniform and much more in this new exhibit.
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Entry into the exhibit is included with admission to the Museum Experience. Members of The Hershey Story are free.