El Museo Casa Carlos Gardel

El Museo Casa Carlos Gardel

El Museo Casa Carlos Gardel
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Legendary tango singer Carlos Gardel bought the home housing this museum for his mother in the 1920s. Today it’s essentially a shrine to the man whose music put the Argentine tango scene on the world map.
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maynard7
Phoenix, AZ295 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
They had a free tour at 2:00 p.m. on the Wednesday that I went. The tour only lasts perhaps 10 minutes and it's all in Spanish. The place was kind of interesting but I wish they had more exhibits or just actually more of anything. One thing they could do is to have his music playing in the background. If you are a big fan then be sure to go but if you are only in Buenos Aires for a short time then I would skip this museum and go on to more famous ones that have more exhibits. The staff was very friendly.
Written February 14, 2024
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Betty P
San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina2,590 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Solo
On 735 Jean Jaures Street, a quiet road two blocks away from the Abasto Shopping Mall.

For those who are not Latin American, a brief note: In the city of Buenos Aires, Abasto used to be a poor area, devoted to the central wholesale of fruit and vegetable market (from 1893 to 1984). Since 1999, the area has been completely transformed, thanks to the Abasto Shopping Mall.

Carlos Gardel (known as El Morocho del Abasto - "the dark-haired guy from Abasto"), the famous singer, lived and grew up there.

This cozy museum – opened in 2003 – used to be Gardel’s house. He bought that house for his mother, Berta in 1927.

The place is full of memorabilia belonging to El Zorzal, as Gardel was also known, in reference to his wonderful voice. There are lots of records, letters, some clothes and newspapers as well, giving testimony of Gardel’s success, life, films, trips, performances, death.

It is a typical “chorizo house”, in very good conditions indeed.

Pay attention to details, as for example the kitchen, the laundry room and the bathroom. Nice to have an idea of life at the beginning of the 20th century, when the city of Buenos Aires was welcoming immigrants from the devastated Europe.

Two interesting websites:

http://museos.buenosaires.gob.ar/gardel.htm (the official one)

http://agendacultural.buenosaires.gob.ar/en/event/visitas-al-museo-casa-carlos-gardel/697 (to have a 360 ° view of the house).

There is a guided tour available. You can listen to his songs while you enjoy the museum.

Congratulations to the people in charge of the museum. I enjoyed it a lot!
Written September 5, 2013
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judythr
Whidbey Island282 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Couples
This museum is small, nothing fancy, but a delightful way to spend an hour and to experience an essential aspect of Argentine history. It is impossible to think of Argentina without tango coming to mind immediately. This is thanks to the enchanting charisma of Charles Gardel. It was fascinating to learn where tango found its origin and about Gardel's larger-than-life impact on Argentina, in life and in his tragic and premature death. And to wander a bit around the Abasto neighborhood amidst many Hassidic Jews. Also enjoyed a film clip of Gardel, which made him come even more alive. I had "A La Cabeza" playing in my brain for days.
Written November 18, 2011
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Daniel B
London, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Nothing to see. Just a few photos and some sad objects that had little or no connection with Gardel. Avoid yourself a disappointment, since those photos and documents are widely available online. Additionally, the museum carefully purged the fact that Gardel had a Uruguayan birth certificate and Uruguayan passport, and stated to the press (repeatedly) that he had been born in Uruguay. And that his career started in Uruguay. Stalin would have been proud of this blatant disregard for historical facts.
Written March 7, 2024
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xioma56
Ridgewood, NJ107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011 • Couples
This little house is out of the way but easy to get to taking the subte, and definitely worthwhile to visit. It's kind of small but it gives you a good feeling about this great tango legend in Argentina. For tango lovers this is a must! It gives you the history how tango was and how it changed with Carlos Gardel. It only takes about 30-45 minutes to visit this low key place but with an authentic feel.

The beginning is his very young years and how he started, some personal belongings, musical pieces and musical instruments and how he changed tango. Second part shows newspaper articles and photos from movies when he became big not only in Argentina but internationally. Third part describes the fatal accident and includes photos and paper clips of the news and his funeral. At the very end you can watch some of his movies, and on your way out can see the Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry Room the way it was left when Gardel left.

I was very touched. I felt I brought a little piece of Carlos Gardel with me!
Written June 18, 2011
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midway42
Georgia3,116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I enjoyed my visit here. To visit Buenos Aires and not take something away about Gardel would be a shame; he and the legacy of tango are so central to the history of the city.

The museum is a bit off the beaten path. I walked from the city center (~30min) but most take the Subte and stop at the Carlos Gardel station (go figure). Admission is very inexpensive, maybe a few pesos. Starting at the entrance, there is a presentation of Gardel's life along with the expected guitars, a piano, and contracts/records/etc. This kind of morphs into covering many other main players in tango at the time with a mini-theater at the end of the hall showing (of course) old tango movies.

The second part of the museum is really a portion of the house Gardel used to live in showing a kitchen, washroom, etc. Evidently this is pretty much how he left it. It was refreshing to see a superstar who lived a somewhat low-key existence without all the excesses that usually come with that life.

My only (minor) complaint is that there were only a few English subtitles in the museum, but you can still have a good experience here regardless. Overall thumbs up!
Written July 29, 2010
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Chinapjs
Washington DC, DC3,786 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
The night before we went to the supper club with his name for dinner and tango. The next day we went to his house, where he lived with his mother. It was converted into a museum in 2003/4. It has original furniture, lots and lots dog memorabilia of Argentina's most famous tango dancer. Interesting library with his letters. It's like stepping into a late 1930s house sin Buenos Aires. And the tour guide tells you lots about the tango.
Written March 22, 2017
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Luz Astrid R
St.George, Barbados92 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Solo
El Museo Casa Carlos Gardel is a small house located near Abasto shopping center. You can find it easily. I was not expecting anything that would blow my mind and that is exactly what I found. However, it is a must see for latin american people and I guess for some europeans too. If you are American or Canadian you will probably not find it very interesting. The fee is $5 pesos, BUT there is a contribution of $10 extra you have to pay...(?) and when I asked for one of the postcards that were on display in the showcase the answer was "sorry, there is none in stock now", quite a bad point because by selling souvenirs you could make some money for the maintenance of the museum too.
Written July 13, 2013
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tchrs
Tucson, AZ502 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Couples
The man who put tango on the map has a free museum in a home where he lived some 75 years ago. The neighborhood has homes with interesting architecture and a carnival like style. well worth a hour of your time when visiting the Pink House
Written February 18, 2013
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elsiek
London861 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
Specifically went on Saturday just before 4pm so that we could enjoy the museum and enjoy the tango lessons given by Patricia y Cacho. He told us he is 80 and has been dancing since he was 5. The house actually belonged to Carlos Gardel - easy to get to via the subte of the same name. He was the voice of tango and in doing so made its popularity increase beyond comprehension. Odd pricing system - 1 peso each to get in but 10 to be given as a donation. The exhibition is not so interesting - many posters and vinyl discs and kinda the original kitchen/bathroom to see. But is was the staff and professor Cacho of tango who made it an unique visit. Really felt we got to have our moment of dance. Thank goodness our fellow students were very forgiving of our two left feet.
Written September 22, 2012
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