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Hugo Chavez museum opens in Cuban capital, as regional leaders meet for final day of summit

  • In this photo released by Cubadebate,  U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits with Cuba's former President Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Ban Ki-moon  is in Havana to attend the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States summit. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Alex Castro)

    In this photo released by Cubadebate, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits with Cuba's former President Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Ban Ki-moon is in Havana to attend the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States summit. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Alex Castro)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cuba's President Raul Castro, right, talks with Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla, second right, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, and his wife Angelica Rivera, second left. Top row from left: Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, and his wife Rosario Murillo,and Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller are seen before the family photo of the CELAC ( Community of Latin American and Caribbean Countries) at the Revolution Palace in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean are in Cuba to talk about poverty and inequality at a summit of a regional bloc formed as a force for integration and a counterbalance to the U.S. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Cuba's President Raul Castro, right, talks with Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla, second right, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, and his wife Angelica Rivera, second left. Top row from left: Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, and his wife Rosario Murillo,and Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller are seen before the family photo of the CELAC ( Community of Latin American and Caribbean Countries) at the Revolution Palace in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean are in Cuba to talk about poverty and inequality at a summit of a regional bloc formed as a force for integration and a counterbalance to the U.S. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cuba's President Raul Castro, center, waits for the other dignitaries to find their places for the group photo at the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (CELAC) summit at Revolutionary Palace in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. From left to right, front row, are Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico's first lady Angelica Rivera, Coata Rica's President Laura Chinchilla, Castro, Uruguay's President Jose Mujica, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Everard Gonsalves and Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

    Cuba's President Raul Castro, center, waits for the other dignitaries to find their places for the group photo at the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (CELAC) summit at Revolutionary Palace in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. From left to right, front row, are Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico's first lady Angelica Rivera, Coata Rica's President Laura Chinchilla, Castro, Uruguay's President Jose Mujica, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Everard Gonsalves and Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)  (The Associated Press)

The presidents of Venezuela and Cuba have inaugurated a new museum in Havana dedicated to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The two-room museum in a Spanish colonial fortress covers the history of Venezuela and of Chavez, who died of cancer last March.

Permanent exhibits show personal objects, including a military uniform and shoes.

Every month, a Communist youth group is to hold a public act in his honor.

Chavez was a close ally of Cuba and considered Fidel Castro a friend and mentor. Venezuela has supplied Cuba with billions of dollars in cut-rate oil in recent years.

The museum was inaugurated Wednesday as Latin American and Caribbean leaders gathered for the final day of a regional summit in Havana.