Bay of Pigs Museum

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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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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 States45 contributions
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
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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JanetSmith95
Nantwich, UK195 contributions
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.
Written 7 February 2020
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Andrew M
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We visited this museum by taking a taxi from the Miami Airport at a cost of $22. Another option is to take the free Miami Trolley if you aren't in a rush. The museum may be easily missed as it is similar to the residential houses in the neighbourhood. We attempted to visit on a Sunday, and unfortunately it was closed. The museum was reputed to have good displays on the Bay of Pigs conflict. This was a pivotal time in the lives of all Cubans, as the defeat of "Brigade 2506" in 1961, by the new Cuban regime made the Cuban refugees in the USA start thinking of their stay as permanent, rather than temporary.

In Cuba, it strengthened the resolve of the Government, and made them more suspicious of the USA, thus leading to stronger ties with the Soviet Union. The following year was one of the most controversial incidents of the "cold war", when Soviet missiles were moved to Cuban shores. All these incidents are related, thus making the Bay of Pigs an unforgettable historical event. If you continue walking east on SW 8th Street, a monument which is topped by an eternal flame, can be viewed in the northern section of the Cuban Memorial Boulevard Park. This Park also includes a monument to Nestor 'Tony' Izquierdo who was a soldier in Brigade 2506.

Other nearby attractions include Domino park, Walk of fame and the many f&b offerings.
Written 2 October 2019
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Charlotte V
Winter Springs, FL54 contributions
Family
This museum is very small and I, at first, thought it would be an extremely short visit. I was wrong: there’s a good (although for some a bit too-detailed) informational video to catch you up to speed with events surrounding the Bay of Pigs invasion. Carlos Leon then offered to give us a personal account of his experience as a soldier and subsequent imprisonment. It was a mesmerizing story that made history come alive. It helped our teenagers understand the significance of what happened (and didn’t happen). We also talked to J.R. Lopez de la Cruz, the museum president, and Dr. Eduardo Zayass-Bazán. Professor Emeritus at East Tennessee State University who has written a book on the subject. A fantastic experience for us. Thank you!
Written 9 July 2019
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Wombling_Free_7548
Bristol, UK1,658 contributions
Couples
It’s not a museum in the traditional sense in that there aren’t lots of storyboards telling you about the history of the Bay of Pigs. Rather there is a collection of memorabilia and photographs.

We were welcomed by a gentleman who had been part of Brigade 2506 and had flown planes in the operation. He gave us an overview of the invasion and the aftermath and was happy to answer questions. Without him, we wouldn’t have learnt much but we really enjoyed talking to him. He also told us about about the history of Little Havana. The tour that he gave us makes this a 5* attraction.

The museum was free but you can make a donation.

Plenty of street parking nearby.
Written 12 February 2019
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Dan W
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Couples
The Bay of Pigs museum was an incredible experience. We had several hours after our cruise and before our flight, so we checked it out. Saddled with all of our luggage, we were greeted by our tour guide, who invited us to leave our bags in the lobby. This is a free museum of Bay of Pigs artifacts, proclamations and pictures. Our experience was led by one of the soldiers who lived it and then survived as a POW for 2+ years, in Cuba, after the invasion… very moving. The stories were riveting and our time there was well worth the trip into Little Havana. As we said good bye, we were invited back anytime, because, “we are all now friends for life.” Please check it out- it is so special... you won't find this history anywhere else.
Written 7 August 2018
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Heather K-H
Houston, TX191 contributions
I know this place gets lots of mixed reviews on various travel websites. However, we got lucky on our stop. We were given a guided tour of this small place by an actual veteran of the Bay of Pigs Battle. Very interesting but tiny place. Worth stopping if you want to learn information and see artefacts that are not in any US history book!
Written 29 July 2018
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