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Museum of Revolution Museums, Havana . Cuba

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  • Calle Refugio No. 1 e/ Zulueta y Monserrate, Havana City. Cuba
  • Destination: Havana
  • Open: Daily
  • Telephone: (537) 8622463
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It is located in a colorful building of a large dome and a mixture of styles which was official residence of the presidents of the Republic from 1920 to 1960.

The building stands as the Museum of the National Emancipation. A detailed panorama of the struggle undertaken by the Cuban people in order to obtain its freedom is available in its 38 rooms.

It has numerous exhibitions of abundant testimonial material, composed by photographs, original documents, miniature sites representation, weapons and objects that belonged to the combatants for the independence, audio and video recordings and cinematographic material.

The Presidential Office stands out as one of its most relevant parts, having an original decoration and furniture dating from 40´s, in the last century; the Salón de los Espejos (Mirrors Room), the most appealing and important in the museum, an imitation of the homonymous hall in the Palace of Versailles, Paris; the Northern Balcony, used in times of the republic by some of the presidents as tribune to expose their "political programs".

In several occasions, after 1959, the Palace received the most important leaders of the Revolution: Fidel and Raúl Castro, Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos, the latter gave his last public speech two days prior to his physical disappearing. The Revolutionary National Militia, (October 26th, 1959) and the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, (September 28th, 1960) were created from this very balcony.

Outside the building is the Granma Yacht Memorial, an exhibition, protected by a huge glass case. The vessel was used by Fidel Castro and over 80 combatants on their trip to return to Cuba from the exile in Mexico.

The disembark took place on December 2nd, 1957, in a place of the south west Cuban cost. The event represents the beginning of the last period of the war of independence in the Sierra Maestra and the later triumph on January

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Museum of Revolution is located in Havana

Capital of Cuba and the country's administrative, political, cultural and scientific center, it is also the capital of two provinces: City of Havana and Havana. Though only around 280 square miles (727 square kilometers) in size-0.65 percent of the archipelago's total area.

The Old Havana and system of forts led UNESCO to declare it a part of world heritage in 1982. Founded on its present site in 1519, the settlement of San Cristobal de La Habana prospered mainly due to its bay, which was a natural port of call for ships sailing to and from the New World. Starting in 1634, because of its strategic location, San Cristobal de La Habana was considered the key to the New World-as attested to by royal letters patent-and the main defense of the West Indies.

The Cuban capital consists of an immense number of buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, built in the course of nearly five centuries. These styles range from the pre-baroque to the baroque, neo-Gothic, neoclassical, eclectic, art noveau and art-deco, to the modern.

Alejo Carpentier, one of Cuba's most famous authors, called it "the city of columns" and focused attention on its streets, which he considered a perennially rich show of life, humanity and contrasts that was bound to entertain any observer.

Over 14 kilometers of excellent beaches lie to the east of the Cuban capital. To the south, a green belt contributes to a healthful atmosphere.

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Review about Museums: Museum of Revolution
Excellent CAréps

interesting museum
This interesting museum is located in a building that from García Menocal in 1920 until Fulgencio Batista in 1958 constituted nothing less than the presidential palace. Its style is very refined and the cupola extraordinary. Mirror-salon and dinning room with its Romañach frescoes are quite outstanding. The museum offers to its visitors the possibility to get an idea about Cuban history of the XX century, from fights and revolts of the first years until now, underlining the triumph of the revolution: photographs, documents, personal objects of the heroes, entire rooms dedicated to the guerrilla exploits of El Che and Camilo Cienfuegos... In the outside you will stand in front of the tank that drowned the ship Houston in the Bahía de los Cochinos and, of course, the Granma, the white Yacht that once transported Fidel Castro and his eighty compañeros from their Mexican exile back to Cuba where they started a guerrilla war from the Sierra Maestra. A captivating place even for those who are not crazy about history and politics.

Very good Reiner

Museum of the Revolution
It’s the work of architects Maruri, of Cuba, and Jean Beleu, of Belgium, who came up with an eclectic design, which harmoniously combines Spanish, French and German architectural elements. It was originally designed to house the Provincial Government of Havana, but it was finished in 1920 to be the Presidential Palace. It was the headquarters of the Cuban government for 40 years. It witnessed how the politicians of the time maneuvered the destiny of a nation, trapped in contradictions between the national interests and the official politics committed to the United States. On March 13, 1957 a group of university students stormed the Presidential Palace with the aim of executing dictator Fulgencio Batista. The assault failed and most of the young attackers got killed. This episode, together with the attack on the Moncada Barracks, were the corner stores of the last stage of Cuban insurrection. Today the Presidential Palace harbors the Museum of te Revolution, which presents a rich exhibit that covers from the rise of the Cuban nation till our days (History of Cuba, Archeology, Weapons, Paintings and sculptures). The “Granma” Memorial can be found outside the museum. Such memorial is an enormous glass display case that shows the ship used by Fidel Castro and more than eighty combatants to return to Cuba from the exile in Mexico.

Excellent Lian

Museum of the Revolution
The Museo de la Revolucion is housed in the former Presidential Palace, between the Calle Monserrate and the Calle Zulueta, in the old town, where it covers Cuba's history well, and in particular that of the Revolution. The Granma yacht, which was used by Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and revolutionaries to reach the island, is one of the main exhibits. Guided tours can be had throughout the day for an additional cost and are recommended. The Room of Mirrors (Salon de los Espejos) is especially noteworthy and was reputedly inspired by the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, in Paris. Others will enjoy looking at the Tiffany's decor and simply soaking up the undeniable extravagance.

Excellent Lian

Museum of the Revolution
The Museo de la Revolucion is housed in the former Presidential Palace, between the Calle Monserrate and the Calle Zulueta, in the old town, where it covers Cuba's history well, and in particular that of the Revolution. The Granma yacht, which was used by Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and revolutionaries to reach the island, is one of the main exhibits. Guided tours can be had throughout the day for an additional cost and are recommended. The Room of Mirrors (Salon de los Espejos) is especially noteworthy and was reputedly inspired by the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, in Paris. Others will enjoy looking at the Tiffany's decor and simply soaking up the undeniable extravagance.

Very good Karla

Museum of the Revolution
The Museum of the Revolution (Spanish: Museo de la Revolución) is a museum located in the Old Havana section of Havana, Cuba. The museum is housed in what was the Presidential Palace of all Cuban presidents from Mario García Menocal to Fulgencio Batista. It became the Museum of the Revolution during the years following the Cuban revolution. The museum's exhibits Cuban history are largely devoted to the period of the revolutionary war of the 1950s and to the country's post-1959 history. Portions of the museum are also devoted to pre-revolutionary Cuba, including its War of Independence waged against Spain. Behind the building lies the Granma Memorial, a large glass enclosure which houses the Granma, the yacht which took Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries from Mexico to Cuba for the revolution. Around the Granma an SA-2 Guideline surface-to-air missile of the type that shot down a U.S. Lockheed U-2 spyplane during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the engine of the U-2 airplane is displayed. There are also various vehicles and tanks used in the revolution displayed. Near museum located SU-100, a Soviet tank destroyer.

Excellent Je

Very Intersting
The Museum of the Revolution was originally the Presidential Palace. All I can say is "Wow!" It is an absolutely opulent building, it's hard to take it all in. We spent about an hour touring the museum. We quickly tired of the Communist propaganda but couldn't stop gaping at the building itself! (Allegedly Tiffany's of New York originally did the decorating in the building.) The museum is near the site where Fidel and Che originally landed in 1956 when they successfully overthrew the government. It is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is 6CUC.

Average Carls

Interesting
Museum worth to see... Entrance fee is 6cuc. If you have a bag, you have to leave to the box. Explaniton for last photo: In pictures something written: Thanks to Batista for help to making revolution. Thanks to Reagan for enlarging to revolution. Thanks to Bush for consalidate to revolution. (Or something like that:-))

Awfull mickrmike

“Terrible. Hey Cuba. Get your act together ”
This was a complete waste of money. The receptionist was a rude and indifferent as your could possibly imagine. The museum was simply a walk through 20 or so rooms showing photographic propaganda. The only room of any significance was the Great Hall which was closed to tourists. Not one member of staff had a word of English. The entrance... More 

Poor laPisqui

“way too expensive for what it is ”
The entrance is 8 CUC, a very high price compared to any other museum in Cuba. Anyway it is supposed to be one of the main museums in Havana and you pay them expecting it to be really good. This is what really disappointed me. Because the museum is really poor, many objects from the revolution sodiers but everything is... More 

Poor hans-dieter-maier

“Disappointed ”
If you expect a well explained history of the revolution, and the historical way up to it, then you will at least need to have a basic education in cuban history. There is not historical framework provided, and the things you can see, are objects of the revolutionists, photographs, letters and documents. more or less well explained, anyway only in... More 

Average mike t

“A Needed Perspective ”
This is not a classic historical museum, but it is worth an investment of your time. Best enjoyed with a guide and at least some minimal preparation. It is easy to think this is for tourists and be disappointed at its lack of professional learning tools. It is not for the tourists it is for the Cubans as an historical... More 

Average robbytheriver

“Better if I could read spanish ”
I really wanted to have a look around this museum, and while the exhibits are a little tiered in the way they are displayed the building itself is nice, It would be nice if there was full translations into english availible(in booklet form) however I managed to understand the general sequence of events...

Average ABC18

“Worth a visit if in the area ”
We visited with our 3 year old daughter. The building housing the museum is impressive but expect the displays to be a little dusty. There is limited English translation and this is an undoubtedly biased account of the revolution. However many of the blood stained mementos speak for themselves. The outside area was more to my daughter's taste with bullets... More 

Very good b11lrs

“Very interesting place with multi language information ”
Outside the museum is the tank that Castro used in the Bay of Pigs conflict then there is a few steps up to the main museum. We entered the grand hall where we saw the bullet holes left in the wall where there had been an attempt to assassinate the president. On the third floor, without a lift the exhibition... More 

Very good Robert E

“Photos & Artifacts ”
In this museum, incredible details give faces and texture to the Revolution. Personal items of participants, photographs, handwritten correspondence and details of the revolutionary life all contribute to a better understanding of this part of Cuban history. Some signage was in English!

Very good SusanTunnacliffe

“Museum as it used to be! ”
Housed within what was once the magnificence of the presidential palace there is the artifacts of the revolution. Old glass fronted cases display various items and explanations. This is not the 3D interactive style museum of the 21st century but a step back in time to a time in Cuban history. Most enjoyable and educational to enable understanding of the... More 

Excellent Nancy O

“Very moving memorial to the fallen soldiers ”
It was very moving to learn about the revolution and see the memorials. First experience to see the Cuban flag proudly hanging in the courtyard. We saw the boat that brought Fidel and 82 others to Cuba in 1959. Also, saw the fire truck that brought the students in to the compound. Very educational.

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