This excellent museum was opened in 1989 and is eerily reminiscent of the Che Guevara monument in Santa Clara. Camilo fought a crucial battle in this town on the eve of the revolution's triumph, taking control of a local military barracks (now the Hospital Docente General, opposite the museum).
The museum is directly below a modernist plaza embellished with a 5m-high statue of El Señor de la Vanguardia (Man at the Vanguard). It contains an extremely well-curated display of Cienfuegos' life intermingled with facts and mementos from the revolutionary struggle. A replica of the small tank 'Dragon I,' converted from a tractor for use in the battle, stands in front of the hospital. Out back the Mausoleo de los Mártires del Frente Norte de las Villas is dedicated to the soldiers who died in the skirmish.