Museo de la Revolución
Revolution Museum, Havana © Judith Duk
Formerly the Presidential Palace and headquarters of the Cuban government, the impressive building now houses documents, photographs and artefacts pertaining to the Cuban Revolution (there are even blood-stained and bullet-riddled uniforms on display!), and provides an excellent introduction to, and understanding of, Cuba's history and its struggle for independence.
Prepare to spend a few hours wandering from room to room as the story unfolds, from Spanish colonial times to the present day. In front of the museum entrance stands a watchtower that was part of the old city walls, as well as a tank used by Fidel Castro during the battle of the Bay of Pigs in 1961. Behind the museum is the glass-encased yacht, the 'Granma', which brought 82 revolutionaries, including Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, from Mexico to set the 1956 Revolution in motion.
The anti-imperialist tone of the museum will delight some and possibly upset others but for history buffs and those interested in the revolution this museum is a treasure trove. Make sure to get the correct change at the museum counter as there have been reports of minor money scams.
Address: Calle Refugio, between Calle Agramonte and Av de las Misiones, Centro Habana
Opening times: Open daily 10am-5pm.