Central Cuba Sights

Mausoleo y Museo Ernesto "Che" Guevara

  • southwestern end of Calle Rafael Trista Map It
  • Santa Clara
  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb
  • Fodor's Choice

Fodor's Review

No matter what your politics, a visit to Santa Clara's most famous attraction is a must if you wish to understand modern Cuba's complex history. A massive bronze sculpture of iconic revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara looms over a site containing his tomb and a museum dedicated to his life. Exhibits under the statue—the entrance is around the back—chronicle Che's eventful life, from his happy childhood in Argentina, to his life-changing 1950's journey through South America chronicled in his own journals and the 2004 film The Motorcycle Diaries, to his 1967 assassination in Bolivia. Exhibits here primarily concentrate on his involvement in the Cuban Revolution. The cave-like mausoleum next door holds the remains of Che and 16 others who fought and died with him in the mountains of Bolivia—they weren't discovered and identified by forensic anthropologists until 1997, and the remains didn't arrive in Cuba until 1998. This is hallowed ground to the lines of Cubans who file through, and proper hushed decorum is required. Photography is permitted outside the complex but not inside.

Sight Information

Address:

Plaza de la Revolución, southwestern end of Calle Rafael Trista, Santa Clara, Villa Clara, 50100, Cuba

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Phone:

/4220–5878

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Tues.–Sun. 9:30–5:30

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