Museum Where Elian Gonzalez Was Captured

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Miami, Florida

For those who've forgotten, Elian Gonzalez was a six-year-old Cuban refugee who was found floating off of the Florida coast in 1999. His relatives in Miami "adopted" him for five months and he lived in this house -- until he was forcibly sent back to his dad in Cuba.

The house is owned by Elian's great-granduncle, who lives in the back. The front rooms are set up as a museum. Elian's room has been left the way that it was on April 22, 2000, when federal marshals with automatic weapons burst in and grabbed unhappy Elian. A large photo of that awkward moment is displayed, as are Elian's Power Ranger action figures and plush Bugs Bunny, one of the tires on which Elian was found floating, and the Black Madonna statue that was already in the house when Elian arrived, and which he later claimed to have seen while drifting at sea.

Presidential buffs may want to visit the museum as well, as it's possible that enough angry pro-Elian Cuban-Americans either stayed home or voted against Vice-President Al Gore in November 2000 to throw Florida (and the election) to George W. Bush.

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Museum Where Elian Gonzalez Was Captured

Museum of the Battle of Ideas

Address:
2319 NW 2nd St., Miami, FL
Directions:
The museum is the home of Delfin Gonzalez, Elian's great uncle. Find a parking spot on the street, walk to the front door, and knock. Fluency in Spanish is helpful. West of downtown and east of the airport, in the Little Havana district. From the Dolphin Expy/Hwy 836, take the exit onto NW 27th Ave./Hwy 9. Drive south about a mile, then turn left onto NW 3rd St. Drive five blocks, turn right onto NW 23rd Ave., then immediately turn right again onto NW 2nd St. Elian's house will be the third one on the right; it's sometimes decorated with flags and a big crucifix.
Hours:
No set hours. Delfin is often home during the week. Please be polite.
RA Rates:
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