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Memorial Granma

Memorial Granma Review

A glass enclosure behind the Museo de la Revolución shelters the Granma, the yacht that transported Castro and 81 guerrillas back to Cuba from exile in Mexico in 1956. Bought from an American, the 38-ft craft designed to carry 25 (presumably unarmed) passengers nearly foundered during the weeklong crossing. It eventually ran aground at Oriente Province in eastern Cuba, but it was two days behind schedule. The saga gets worse: Castro's forces were ambushed and only 16 survived, including Fidel, Che, Raúl Castro, and Camilo Cienfuegos. The park around the yacht is filled with military curios: tanks, jeeps, the delivery truck used in the 1957 assault on the Palacio Presidencial, and an airplane turbine, allegedly from a U-2 spy plane downed during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Colón, e/Av. de la Bélgica (Misiones/Edigio/Monserrate) y Calle Agramonte (Zulueta), Centro Habana, Havana
  • Phone: 7/862–4091
  • Cost: 5 cuc for combined ticket to the memorial and Museo de la Revolución
  • Hours: Daily 10–5
  • Location: Centro Habana

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