A Day at the Museo de la Revolución

Written by Sophia Bass

When I traveled to Havana I did not expect the museums to have a lasting impression on me. I discovered the Museo de la Revolución and decided to spend the entire day walking around for hours soaking up the history of the Cuban Revolution.

I learned that the building dedicated to the Cuban Revolution is a critical part of post-revolutionary Cuban history. A historian at the museum explained that the building housed both the Government and the Council of Ministers in 1965. It wasn't until 1974 that the building became a museum dedicated to the Cuban Revolution. The interior decor is remarkable showcasing Fidel Castro and Che Guevara's life when you walk onto the bottom floor of the museum. It was fascinating to see images of Fidel and Che in person for the first time.

As I made my way to the top floor I learned of Cuba's complex history. It was interesting to read about how "Fidelismo" impacted agriculture, education, social services, and economics throughout Cuba. It seems as though Fidel is celebrated in Cuba for having many accomplishments and many failures. While Fidel left Cuba with free healthcare and free education, the downside of his legacy is material scarcity. I found this to be evident as I witnessed a lack of clothing, food, and basic goods in stores and markets throughout Havana.

I highly recommend a tour of the Museo de la Revolución if you want to learn more. You will walk away with an enriched understanding of the Cuban Revolution.


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