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The strange and fun Museum of the Revolution in Havana, Cuba

by Aurora Brink

Just like most things in Cuba, the entrance fee to the Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion) has two different prices – one for the Cubans, in Cuban peso, and another one for the foreigners – in another currency, the convertible peso.

The peso used by the tourists is 24 times more expensive than the other. The foreigners are paying for the Cuban revolution, so to say.

The building of the museum is situated in the central part of Havana and dates back to 1913.

Initially, it was designed as a Presidential Palace. After 1959 the “noxious capitalistic” residence was turned into the Museum of the Revolution of Cuba.

The inside yard of the museum is cleaned once in a few hours by several really browned-off cleaning ladies. If you dare to step on the newly-cleaned and still wet floor, you risk being killed by a glance.

Apart from telling the story of the Cuban revolution the museum is also rich in exhibits of sentimental character. Such as the key to Fidel Castro’s cell. One of the two shoes worn by Che Guevara while crossing the jungle. Fidel Castro’s bowl. And stuff like that.

Fidel and Che are looking at you from all sides.

And yet, this place has not been saved from the destruction. The plaster on all walls in Cuba is peeling off, including at the museum designed to show how great the Revolution is.

In the spirit of the wax museums, Che and Fidel seem more real than ever, to the joy of the tourists, who can take a photo with them.

The inevitable touch of mockery of the West…

And some more interesting exhibits.

In fact, the museum will hardly surprise you with anything. Getting introduced to the story of the Cuban Revolution though is worth it, so as to get back on the streets of Havana again and face its realities.

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