Discovering Cuba’s history through the weapons of each stage can be an interesting experience for those visiting the capital of this Caribbean island.
This is precisely the proposal of the 9 de Abril Arms Museum, a site located in Mercaderes street in Old Havana, designed to preserve and exhibit the pieces of the country’s arms production from the 18th to the 20th century.
Founded in 1934 under the name of Compañía Armera de Cuba S. A., the facility is linked to the history of the island since it was assaulted in 1958 by members of the 26 de Julio Movement, as part of the actions to overthrow the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.
One year later, this site was declared a National Monument in Memory of the Fallen Martyrs, and in 1971 it became the Armory Museum, open to the public, with a display of five permanent collections, including firearms (long and short), arms, historical and antique.
One of the attractions of the place is to appreciate the specimen used by Ernesto Che Guevara in the Sierra Maestra, as well as others belonging to the revolutionaries of the Cuban liberating deed, donated to the museum by Fidel Castro.
The Museo Armería 9 de Abril houses hundreds of visitors attracted by the symbolism and connotation of this site, which treasures much of Cuba’s history.
For visits: Calle Mercaderes No. 157 between Obrapía and Lamparilla. Old Havana. Havana. Cuba (23.138409, -82.34989). Phone: +537 8618080. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Monday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.