houses that became museums (and where to visit them!)

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Casapueblo

Punta Ballena, Uruguay

It may look like Santorini, in Greece, but the huge white irregular shaped building sits on a hill where La Plata River finds the Atlantic Ocean. This has been summer house to Carlos Páez Vilaró, renown Uruguayan artist and architect. Besides the museum, there is a hotel and a restaurant.

Calle Mar de Liguria

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Museo Casa Carlos Gardel

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Situated in Abasto, where tango resonates, the house that once hosted the singer and his mother shows a narrow façade and interconnected rooms. Inside, there are documents, pictures and digital files of all his works in music and movies.

Jean Jaures, 735

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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Key West, USA

The American author has settled on this southern Florida island. His dwelling was a yellow shaded mansion surrounded by gardens. Curious fact: the place hosts over 40 cats, descendants of his pet.

907 Whitehead Street

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Musée Curie

Paris, France

One can say it's a real experimental visit when going inside scientists Marie and Pierre Curie lab. After all, those walls witnessed chemistry and physics discoveries that granted the couple and their daughter and son-in-law five Nobel prizes. Portraits of the family painted by graffiti artist C215 are on display in the garden.

Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 1

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Museu Imperial

Petropolis, Brazil

This palace, Peter II former summer house, explains why this city in the countryside of the state of Rio de Janeiro is known as Imperial City. Everything there breathes history: from the rooms to the monarchy portraits on the wall, from crown jewels to a full library, there are 300,000 items to better understand the life of Brazilian Court.

Rua da Imperatriz, 220

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Casa Museo La Chascona

Santiago, Chile

This is one of the three museum-houses from Chilean poet laureate Pablo Neruda – the other two are located in Valparaiso and Isla Negra, west of the capital. The name means “The Disheveled” and refers to Matilde Urrutía, with whom he has gotten married and cohabited at this charming mansion by Cerro San Cristóbal. It hosts a rich collection, since he used to get presents from friends such as Mexican artist Diego Rivera.

Fernando Márquez de La Plata, 0192