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“Must do in Havana”

Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion)
Ranked #40 of 228 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.
Den Haag
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28 reviews
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“Must do in Havana”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

The museum is a must-do in Havana, mostly because of it's historic relevance; Granma, the tank(s) on which Fidel stood when firing at the USS Houston, it being the former presidential palace etc.

The Cuban way of information/propaganda is amusing though;
so far I have seen 4 armored vehicles divided over two separate museums with signs claiming that it was this unique vehicle on which Fidel shot at the USS Houston.

Visited November 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Simple but good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2013

This is a must do when you visit Habana. The museum is housed in the former presidential palace and contains all the details about the revolutionary war and some information on the subsequent years and the progress made in the areas of medicine, health care and education. It is fairly small but also has a section outdoors with a display of some of the vehicles/planes used during the war and of course the famous Granma, the boat with which Fidel and his compañeros arrived in Cuba to start the revolution. The information on the exhibits is mostly in Spanish and only half of them or so are translated into English. It is true that the information is not presented in the best way and the layout is quite basic but I guess it is about the information/symbolism more than the presentation and therefore it is still worth a visit. There is a small entry fee and an additional fee if you want to use your camera.

Visited May 2013
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Victoria BC
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“My kid could do better”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

The museum could be something fantastic and a means for Cubans to explain the Revolution. Unfortunately, it comes across as a Grade 3 history project, with peeling photocopies on the wall, a limited number of artifacts and extremely dated maps. It is in the former Presidential Palace, and the bullet holes in the interior walls are intriguing, but no or little information on them - ditto the former President's Office and Cabinet Chambers. Outdoors, the Gramma, the boat that started the Revolution, was enclosed like Lenin's Tomb and not open to the public. If only for historical context, the whole museum should be redone. As a sales job, it fails woefully.

Visited November 2013
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Cardiff
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“Must see?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

We felt we must go here as a starting point. Looks good from the outside but less to see inside than you would hope and being not fluent in Spanish a bit more bilingual signage would help. But by far the most notable thing about this museum was the rudeness of the reception staff! I wasn't sure whether to laugh hysterically or be annoyed they were so bad! However, within the museum, much more helpful and friendly. I think it still worth a visit to get a particular view of the revolution.

Visited November 2013
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“Helps you to understand the history of Marxism in Cuba”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

This is a mandatory stop for every school child in Havana, and also for every soldier in the Cuban military. If you want to understand the influence that Marxism has had on Cuba you should stop in and see this museum. Although there are a number of museums in Havana, this is one you should see regardless. The Granma is there, the boat that Fidel and his leaders used to escape, plus many tanks and other vehicles from that period. Also, the museum is housed in the former presidential palace so the visitor can gain a sense of the grandeur that lasted up through the Batista era. Some signage is also in English, but unfortunately most of it is in Spanish only so a basic understanding of Spanish will be important to truly understand what's there.

Visited July 2013
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