Playa Girón Museum Playa Girón, Matanzas
This museum is devoted to the Cuban victory against the Bay of Pigs’ mercenary invasion financed by the United States government on April 1961. Propaganda aside, this museum celebrating "the first rout of Yankee imperialism in Latin America" is a sobering testament to the harsh social conditions that provoked the Revolution, especially in this historically poorest part of Cuba. Here are exhibited photos of fallen Cuban soldiers, documents, testimonies, occupied weapons, and other objects related to the invasion. There's also a 15-minute film to watch. For military buffs, a restored British Hawker Sea Fury plane, used by the Cuban Air Force, stands guard at the museum entrance.