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“Former palace does not form a great museum”

Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion)
Ranked #37 of 238 things to do in Havana
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The museum presents the story of the 1959 Cuban Revolution and includes vivid exhibits like blood-stained and bullet-riddled uniforms.
Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Former palace does not form a great museum”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Everyone has a romantic vision of the cuban struggle for independance . THis rather tatty display tries to tell the real story ; It is however confusing both in layout and content . It does not fully explain the conditions leading up to the revolution for the ordinary Cuban , but there are some fascinating bits and pieces to look at and read about . I did not realise how important Raul was , as Fidels brother , he masterminded a lot of the revolution , including introducing Che as the medic on the expedition

Visited October 2012
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Moscow, Russia
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“Beautiful building, boring exhibition”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

The whole exposition reads like a large pinboard...mainly many pictures, some texts, mostly in Spanish and here and there few clothes and other things scattered around. It was really quite boring. It fails to provide a visitor with an idea what the whole revolution was about. The only reason to go there is to see the palace itself, the mirror hall is really beautiful. Also you can visit Batista's chambers, but surprise, surprise, you have to pay another 1 CUC admission fee after you've already paid 6. And beware, they try to return less change than you're supposed to get. I've had really mixed feelings about this one.

Visited December 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“If you like history, you must go”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

This is the chance to know the Cuban side of the History exactly where it happened, including bullet holes in the walls.

Visited December 2012
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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Poor display spoil a famous story.”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

The contents of this museum consists largely of documents and photos showing the struggle for freedom. Many appear to be copies. The unfolding story is difficult to follow but of course it is mainly well known so many will be looking to find additional information. The quality of the displays and the available information could be brought into line with more enlightened ideas and the building needs refurbishment.
For a museum about the most important period in Cuba's history it seemed
a little disappointing.

Visited January 2013
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Dartmouth, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Well worth a trip”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Though intensely disappointing and depressing. Museum consists of large signs printed in ALL CAPS in spanish and badly translated English, describing the glorious revolution. In cases, there are org charts by the dozens showing how armies were assigned and attacks planned and government done. There are cases with still-bloodied shirts of the heroes, toothbrushes and pens and buttons from the coats of various people in the revolution. Interesting CIA plots described here.
It is sad because it is so not glorious (the museum). Still, you should see it if only to understand a bit about what Cuba is.

Visited December 2012
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