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Review of Granma Memorial

Granma Memorial
Ranked #54 of 266 things to do in Havana
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Owner description: A glass enclosure behind the Museo de la Revolucion shelters the Granma, the yacht that transported Castro and 81 guerrillas back to Cuba from exile in Mexico in 1956. Bought from an American, the 38-ft craft designed to carry 25 (presumably unarmed) passengers nearly foundered during the weeklong crossing. It eventually ran aground at Oriente Province in eastern Cuba, but it was two days behind schedule. The saga gets worse: Castro's forces were ambushed and only 16 survived, including Fidel, Che, Raul Castro, and Camilo Cienfuegos. The park around the yacht is filled with military curios: tanks, jeeps, the delivery truck used in the 1957 assault on the Palacio Presidencial, and a turbine from a U-2 spy plane allegedly downed during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. COST: $3 (for memorial and Museo de la Revolucion). Tues.-Sun. 10-5.
Reviewed August 20, 2013

This is an exhibit in the Revolution Museum. It seems that this boat is so important it's protected by bullet proof glass and metal grills. No access into the building and limited view from outside. No chance of a decent photo.

1  Thank Paul S
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

My wife and I had the pleasure of seeing both the Museo del Revolution and Granma exhibit in early July 2013. After our visit, to both locations, I must admit I have a new and renewed respect for what the Cuban people have lived through, and continue to struggle for as part of their continued existence in our world. I also find negative “Trip Advisor” comments about both of these monuments disturbing, as with a reasonable and easily acquired understanding of modern historical events, the Granma expedition changed the course of world history. As a result of the efforts of this band of “rag tag” revolutionaries, the world peered into the abyss of nuclear oblivion a few brief years after their epic voyage from Mexico. So you might say, “What does your rambling diatribe have to do with the display?” Okay, in simpler terms, Yes, there should have been more English in describing the various physical displays. Yes, we “should” have been permitted to walk aboard the Granma. After all, dammit, we paid, didn’t we?! So if you want to look at the memorial from the “tourist” perspective, then go for it! Perhaps you need to look at the display with awe, amazement, and, may I suggest, a little bit of fear? Remember, one man’s vision and effort on the Granma almost brought an end to the world as we currently see it. For me, this is the real message of the Granma memorial

5  Thank Greg T
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Cubans really haven't got the hang of museums, this one isn't any better. To be honest I think it's funny that you would think of coming to a revolution on a boat called "Granma" in the 1st place, hardly makes you shake in your boots!! But you can hardly see the boat behind all the bullet proof glass. There's a couple of tanks, but it's really nothing to write home about, it's a shame because I was really looking forward to this & the Revolution museum & they were both a big disappointment

Thank Tina H
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

A visit to the Granma Memorial isn't an essential part of a stay in Havana. While the boat played a significant role in the history of the 20th century, the presentation leaves much to be desired. Considering it is part of your admission when you go to the Museum of the Revolution you may as well give it a brief look but don't bother paying to go see it on its own.

Thank TessmacTraveller
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

the time we went to see it. There is a boat behind glass and some old cars and war machinery. DIY warfare is the most interesting part of it.

Thank Tinde_K
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