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Armería 9 de Abril Museum

Explore the Armería 9 de Abril Museum in Old Havana, Cuba and get to know Cuba’s history

Armería 9 de Abril Museum
Armería 9 de Abril Museum

The Museo Armería 9 de Abril (Armería 9 de Abril Museum) is located in Calle Mercaderes Street in Old Havana, the same building the “Compañía Armería de Cuba” Armory was located in 1934. This armory was attacked April 9th 1958 in an operation carried out by the 26 de Julio Movement to overthrow the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. This operation was prevented and 4 young revolutionaries died in it. 

 

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nly some months later (January 1959) the Revolution succeeded, and has since that time been declared an Historical Site and National Monument in memory of the martyrs.

Opened April 9th 1971, it is currently part of the museum network arranged by the Old Havana Historian’s Office.

The entrance continues its initial function, in other word, it is a shop where antique weapons are exhibited, as well as hunting and sport fishing accessories, and an interesting collection of weapons donated by Fidel Castro.

Further inside you’ll find a room housing a permanent exhibition about the historic events that took place there, as well as a collection of weapons used during the revolutionary cause.

There are five permanent collections: Antique weapons (19th century), bladed weapons, short-barrel firearms, long firearms (all from the 20th century); and historical weapons, among which is the noteworthy M2 Carbine, used by Che Guevara during the fighting in Sierra Maestra Mountains.

More information:

Location:

Calle Mercaderes nº 157, La Habana, Cuba.

Ticket Price:

Free admission.

Opening Hours:

Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:30am to 5:00pm; Sundays from 9:30am to 1:00pm.

Telephone:

(+537) 8618080.

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