Museum of the Revolution in Havana

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Museum of the Revolution © flickr.com - Paul Mannix/cc-by-sa-2.0

Museum of the Revolution © flickr.com – Paul Mannix/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Museum of the Revolution (Spanish: Museo de la Revolución) is a museum located in the Old Havana section of Havana. The museum is housed in what was the Presidential Palace of all Cuban presidents from Mario García Menocal to Fulgencio Batista. It became the Museum of the Revolution during the years following the Cuban Revolution.

The former Presidential Palace was designed by the Cuban architect Carlos Maruri and the Belgian architect Paul Belau and was inaugurated in 1920 by President Mario García Menocal. It remained the Presidential Palace until 1959. The building has Neo-Classical elements and was decorated by Tiffany Studios of New York City.

Museum of the Revolution © Gorupdebesanez/cc-by-sa-3.0 Gold coated telephone of Fulgencuio Batista © Gomera-b Museum of the Revolution © flickr.com - Paul Mannix/cc-by-sa-2.0 Granma Memorial © flickr.com - Brian Snelson/cc-by-2.0
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Museum of the Revolution © flickr.com - Paul Mannix/cc-by-sa-2.0
The museum’s Cuban history exhibits are largely devoted to the period of the revolutionary war of the 1950s and to the country’s post-1959 history. Portions of the museum are also devoted to pre-revolutionary Cuba, including its War of Independence waged against Spain.

Behind the building lies the Granma Memorial, a large glass enclosure which houses the Granma, the yacht which took Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, and his brother Raúl Castro along with dozens of other revolutionaries from Mexico to Cuba for the revolution. Around the Granma an SA-2 Guideline surface-to-air missile of the type that shot down a U.S. Lockheed U-2 spyplane during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the engine of the U-2 airplane is displayed. There are also various vehicles and tanks used in the revolution displayed. Near the museum is located an SU-100, a Soviet tank destroyer.

Read more on lahabana.com – Museum of the Revolution, LonelyPlanet.com – Museo de la Revolución and Wikipedia Museum of the Revolution (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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