Bay of Pigs Museum
Bay of Pigs Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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We are excited to begin Saturday openings. We are now open the first and last Saturday of the month.
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  • JanetSmith95
    Nantwich, United Kingdom230 contributions
    Fascinating museum
    Although this museum is a little out of the main town, on 18th and 9 it is worth the walk to get there. Fascinating information and stories about this episode in the American/Cuban relationship. Archive stories from those who took part and the run up and consequences of it.
    Visited January 2020
    Written 7 February 2020
  • BG Roberts
    1 contribution
    An enriching historical experience
    If you are even the slightest bit interested in history, this is an absolute must. So rare to be able to learn about historical events from people who were directly there and lived it. Like many, my understanding of the Bay of Pigs came from a brief mention in history class, having watched the 13 Days movie and learned a bit about Cuban history on my own. The veterans with whom I was able to speak were so tremendously generous with their time in explaining the history leading up to and through the mission. The museum is undergoing some changes as there are plans to expand (exciting to hear) but there is still a wealth of interesting artifacts, photographs, uniforms, weapons from the mission, you name it, they have it. If you are in and around Little Havana and have any interest in history this is an hidden gem and must see. Real history doesn't always play out like a Disney movie, and I very genuinely appreciated the nuance with which this complicated event in world history is presented. These men have pride in their valor and the brotherhood they built (deservedly so) but are frank and honest in discussing the mission itself, its prospects for success and the ongoing problems in Cuba. Please don't take my word for it, and stop by yourself.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 15 December 2022
  • Garret B
    1 contribution
    One of the best museum tours I have ever had.
    The Bay of Pigs Museum is excellent! My brother and I visited when we were in Miami. In the museum we were given a tour by two great people. One was the sister of a participant in the Bay of Pigs and the other was one of the young men trained by the CIA to participate in the Bay of Pigs. We got to hear firsthand from the tour guide that was held prisoner by the Castro regime for a year. He told us about the prisons, the incompetence of the U.S. government in planning the ill-fated invasion and about life under the Castro regime. In just two hours we learned so much! This place is truly a treasure! As an added bonus, admission was free. I strongly recommend this place to any traveler who finds themselves in Miami.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 30 December 2022
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Valerie H
Atlanta, GA3 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
The day I stopped by, there were several veterans at the Meseum. Watching the short documentary, hearing the vets' stories, and a guided tour from the meseum historian brought history to life. If you like history, this should be a stop on your list.
Written 24 September 2023
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Eitan G
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Friends
Very informative and the staff was great! Highly recommend for anyone hoping to learn more about the Bay of Pigs.
Written 1 September 2023
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Dave B
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
This is a terrific little museum in the Cuban neighborhood of Miami. I took my teenage daughters so they could learn about the history of Cuba and the many Cuban Americans who fled Communism to find a better life in the United States. The staff are incredibly friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. I've visited twice now and both times I had the honor of meeting actual veterans of the conflict and hearing their stories of their fight to liberate that imprisoned island and their imprisonment in Cuba afterward. Next time you're in Miami, budget a couple of hours and make sure to stop by. If you're a student of history, you'll be glad you did.
Written 20 August 2023
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CasandraTP
Sydney, Australia1,033 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Situated in little Havana, this museum is a must do especially if you do not know much about what happened in Cuba. From the minute you walk in you are welcomed by friendly informative staff. We booked a tour in advance online. We watched a short film about the events that occurred at the bay of pigs and at the end we met someone who was actually there Carlos and we were able to ask questions about anything. It was amazing to get first hand knowledge. I just wish we allowed more time. The museum is free, but do leave a donation at the end to help with the new extensions they are planning.
Written 20 July 2023
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Garret B
1 contribution
Dec 2022
The Bay of Pigs Museum is excellent! My brother and I visited when we were in Miami. In the museum we were given a tour by two great people. One was the sister of a participant in the Bay of Pigs and the other was one of the young men trained by the CIA to participate in the Bay of Pigs. We got to hear firsthand from the tour guide that was held prisoner by the Castro regime for a year. He told us about the prisons, the incompetence of the U.S. government in planning the ill-fated invasion and about life under the Castro regime. In just two hours we learned so much! This place is truly a treasure! As an added bonus, admission was free.

I strongly recommend this place to any traveler who finds themselves in Miami.
Written 31 December 2022
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BG Roberts
1 contribution
Dec 2022
If you are even the slightest bit interested in history, this is an absolute must. So rare to be able to learn about historical events from people who were directly there and lived it.

Like many, my understanding of the Bay of Pigs came from a brief mention in history class, having watched the 13 Days movie and learned a bit about Cuban history on my own. The veterans with whom I was able to speak were so tremendously generous with their time in explaining the history leading up to and through the mission. The museum is undergoing some changes as there are plans to expand (exciting to hear) but there is still a wealth of interesting artifacts, photographs, uniforms, weapons from the mission, you name it, they have it.

If you are in and around Little Havana and have any interest in history this is an hidden gem and must see. Real history doesn't always play out like a Disney movie, and I very genuinely appreciated the nuance with which this complicated event in world history is presented. These men have pride in their valor and the brotherhood they built (deservedly so) but are frank and honest in discussing the mission itself, its prospects for success and the ongoing problems in Cuba. Please don't take my word for it, and stop by yourself.
Written 15 December 2022
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Frequent Traveller
3 contributions
Jul 2022
I had the pleasure to visit the Bay of Pigs Museum in Little Havana, Miami, in mid- July 2022. Rather than just having trained museum representatives provide short discussions on the history, artifacts, and legacy of the Bay of Pigs event, two veterans of the operation led us through this remarkable museum. To state the interactions with these freedom fighters were informative would be a gross understatement. Critical operational and tactical details filled the dialogue as well as extraordinary comments on the Cold War context.

As importantly, on display were also the patriotic and courageous ideals of Bay of Pigs Brigade 2506. Unfortunately, their high character and courage are lost in revisionist histories that depict Communism as nationalistic and progressive rather than a movement responsible for worst bloodletting in history--over 100 million deaths and still counting.

I highly recommend anyone visiting Miami take the time to visit and support this museum, particularly the young who are too often denied critical historical information that calls attention to the individual freedoms that are rapidly eroding in the current political climate.
Written 26 July 2022
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Microbaby
3 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
I walked in to this small unassuming space with very low expectations and even lower knowledge about Cuba and the bay of pigs. Had the absolute pleasure of spending a few hours with Carlos and walked out feeling humbled and honoured to have met him and shared this time together. Went with my 15 year old son who was fascinated to hear the decisions Carlos was making at his age when the biggest call most teenagers these days have to make is if you’re PlayStation or Xbox. Carlos exudes charm, hospitality and pride and the stories he had to tell were incredible. 100% worth the trip. Thank you Carlos
Written 20 July 2022
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Tonya L
La Mesa, United States57 contributions
Apr 2022
What is the Bay of Pigs? You may remember something from high school history class, or not know at all. Go to this museum.

We had 9 hours between getting off our cruise ship and flying home, so we Ubered ourselves and our luggage to the Bay of Pigs Museum. We were welcomed by the wife of the guide and stored our luggage out of the way.

Our guide is a US veteran of the Bay of Pigs invasion! He parachuted into Cuba, he was captured, he escaped and was recaptured, he was returned safely to the US. He finished his career in the US Army. Our guide led us through the exhibit cases for a personal tour.

While sometimes it is good to hear some guy telling war stories, this was different. We did get the war stories, but we also got the background about Cuba-US relations in the 1950's and '60's. We learned why the invasion failed. We understand why politicians to this day court the Cuban vote in Florida. We feel the danger of socialism and communism. Why don't sanctions work? Or do they? Find out for yourself here.

We spent about 1 hour and want everyone we know to visit!

Small, yet well laid out with bright displays. Make a donation so future generations can learn from our past.
Written 6 April 2022
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Julia C
Minneapolis, MN24 contributions
Feb 2022
After wandering around Little Havana and eating some delicious food, we thought we'd make a brief pitstop at the Bay of Pigs Museum. As soon as we entered we were greeted by J.R. Lopez de la Cruz, Colonel, U.S. Army (R), who had fled Cuba and returned as part of the Bay of Pigs Invasion and was captured (then escaped prison and was recaptured) and was finally freed about a year and a half later. Listening to the story from a man who lived it was one of the most fascinating encounters I've ever had. We ended up staying for nearly two hours, met J.R's wife and got to speak to them both at length. If you are in the area, GO! and LEARN. Exceptional experience!
Written 25 February 2022
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