Housed in what was once the presidential palace, this place has quite a considerable collection of objects of major ... More
Museo de la Revolución
Housed in what was once the presidential palace, this place has quite a considerable collection of objects of major historical relevance, covering the period from the liberation struggle from Spain to the Cuban Revolution. Exhibits include documents, photographs, videos and two impressive life-size sculptures of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos. Outdoors you will find the Granma memorial, being the embarkation that brought Fidel Castro and 80 other revolutionaries back to Cuba after being exiled in Mexico; the boat is protected by a huge glass urn and guarded by soldiers. At the entrance you can see a burning chamber, placed at the foot of a list of all those revolutionary martyrs who perished during the campaign. Admission costs USD 4 for tourists, and 2 Cuban Pesos for locals.
This is probably one of the best museums you can see in all of Havana. Don't go expecting a fancy, big budget museum with modern air conditioning and 21st Century multimedia presentations. It's the history of the Cuban revolution, man! Yes, the building is old, yes, there's mediocre ventilation, yes, there are basic cut and dry displays behind glass cases, but that's exactly the point! It captures the idealism and the spirit of what the communist revolution was all about. You can see everything from classical propaganda paintings and bronze busts of the party heroes to guns and uniforms and maps of the period. The entrance fee was reasonable, even for tourists, and I spent all afternoon there, taking many pictures. I found it to be a highlight of my trip. There's even a wax figure of Che Guevara in the jungle there! Amazing once in a lifetime opportunity! Do not miss!
Well, the museum is a collection of article from the revolutionary war. The problem reside in the poor quality and the inexistent ventilation...I was very thourough and interested at the beginning and despite the very seldom English translation on cardboard signs, I could not stay focused and my only thoughts were: " when is it over" I was not expecting English translation at all but it started with a few signs and then faded away as the exhibits went on and on. The building is nice but it does not worth the time
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