Centro Havana, Sights

Museo de la Revolución


The neo-classical Museo de la Revolución (Museum of Revolution) in Centro Habana was formerly the Presidential Palace, home to such rulers as Mario García Menocal and Fulgencio Batista  before the 1959 revolution.  Designed by Cuban architect Carlos Maruri and Belgian architect Paul Belau, the place is famous for its grandeur, decorated by the luxury jewelry company Tiffany & Co.

The museum, near Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, has a large exhibition of photographs, documents and memorabilia detailing Cubans’ struggle for independence and Fidel’s guerrilla revolution. In front of the building, there are displays of tanks that Castro and his troops used during the Bay of Pigs in 1961. Behind the museum is Pavillón Granma, where you will find a boat preserved in a glass room. This is the boat known as Granma that brought Castro and his comrades, including his brother Raúl Castro and Che Guevara, from Mexico to Cuba in 1956.

Address: Avenida Bélgica, La Habana, Cuba

Opening hours: 9am – 4pm (Monday – Sunday)

Admission: Free for children under 12; $8 CUC to $10 CUC for adults