Coming Soon: Exhibit Opens March 9, 2018
Discover the “other” model town that 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 will explore how sugarcane was grown, harvested, milled and turned into both raw and refined sugar. Guests will 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 will 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 will see the medal, sugar processing tools and equipment, Hershey’s sugar bags, a Cuban baseball uniform and much more in the new exhibit.
Entry into the exhibit is included with admission to the Museum Experience. Members of The Hershey Story are free.