Moncada Museum

Top choice in Santiago de Cuba

The museum inside the Cuartel Moncada is the best in town and one of the best in Cuba. Sometimes gory exhibits catalogue the details of the 1953 attack by Fidel Castro on the barracks, and always the narrative skews to revolutionary glory.

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