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“Get Informed” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bay of Pigs Museum

Bay of Pigs Museum
1821 SW 9th Street, at SW 18th Avenue, Miami, FL
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Rockford
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“Get Informed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

My husband and I were with a tour group that stayed 5 days in Miami. We went here as a group and were given a talk/overview by a veteran who had served. The talk was worthwhile and informative. There are lots of things on display to look at as well. The Memorial is tiny; but if you can find it, it is worth the trip. There are many things we never knew about this dark day in U.S. history and felt enlightened and better informed after coming here. A perspective about the current Cuban situation and how local people feel about it is also gained.

Visited February 2015
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Franklin, Tennessee
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“Post Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Just by chance looking at our GPS before going to Key Biscayne, we discovered that we were about two minutes away from this museum and thought we would have a look. It became one of the highlights of my life very quickly, as upon entering my wife and I discovered that the individuals staffing the museum were actually Cubans (now Americans) who lived in and were attached in someway to the actual Bay of Pigs Invasion - it was even more meaningful and emotional when these individuals discovered that at age 18, I was an active participant in that failed invasion as I was aboard one of the 2 Navy destroyers that led and escorted the invasion force.

Visited February 2015
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Sebastian, Florida
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“Meet the actual men who fought in the Bay of Pigs at this Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The museum itself is a Veteran's Hall for members of the Actual CIA-trained Brigade members who were sent to Cuba and who were defeated in the Bay of Pigs.

While visiting, I met a radio operator who was in the invasion. Another man there authored a book titled, "After the Bay of Pigs." His mother negotiated with Fidel Castro for the release of the men who were taken prisoner in Cuba following the invasion.

Though small, the museum features a well displayed and archived collection of authentic artifacts from the invasion.

Because of the opportunity to meet the men who actually fought in the Bay of Pigs at this location, I rate the museum very high. Where else can one have such an opportunity? The men who visit this museum were trained in the early 1960s by the CIA to serve as what we today call Navy SEALS, in the Bay of Pigs event.

It's a mysterious part of American history that we can all learn the truth about at this location, from the actual men who carried out the invasion.

What an opportunity.

Free parking in Miami too.

If I had a young child who was interested in history, I would encourage them to do a project about the Bay of Pigs. What resources.

The museum is incredible because it serves as a Veteran's Club for the men who served the Bay of Pigs Invasion. The surviving men live in the area which surrounds the museum. Wow.

All that is asked is donations.

I sincerely wish the best for the men who support this museum. I hope others will donate more artifacts and add to the collection.

Americans need to understand what happened in this era of our history. The Bay of Pigs situation is similar to modern-day political war scenarios.

Visited November 2014
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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“Small Museum that shows to the world that Kennedy sent these men and left them to die”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Sad bit of our history in which we sent a brigade of men trained by the CIA, into Cuba, they were supposed to land in another part of Cuba, but at the last minute it was changed, also they forego the air support and over 50,000 Cuban troops waited for them in shore, it is one of the biggest debacles that our Country has made by endangering these men's lives, which only a few made it through. Sad

Visited February 2014
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Funk
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“Bay of betrayal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

We visited this small Museum in Little Havana in early December. It may look closed but it is probably open----a buzzer will unlock the door for you. Few artifacts remain from a disaster where everyone is either killed or captured from a country that we have not recognized for over fifty years. It is a small wonder that few things are displayed. The staff took a dim view of John Kennedy. Hard to blame them. They had trained to go in through a small town with dock facilities. Kennedy changed their destination to a swamp with only one or two roads out that could be easily defended-----changed it within 36 hours of the invasion!!! After the first wave hist the beaches Kennedy also decided to cancel air cover. It was suicide and sure defeat. If anything this museum explains those things.

Visited December 2013
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