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Museo Hemingway Finca Vigia
Ranked #14 of 251 things to do in Havana
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Owner description: Once the Finca Vigia, this ghost-white Spanish-colonial home was where Papa penned some of his greatest novels.
Reviewed October 1, 2013

Finca Vigia is on the southern outskirts of the city, in an area that appears to be more run-down than elsewhere we visited. However the house is an oasis in the urban metropolis, with beautiful, well kept grounds and gardens.

The house is now an interesting museum, but you cannot enter the house, although you can take photo's through the window's, and everything is (supposedly) left as it was when Hemingway committed suicide in the US, in 1961.

Staff at the house hassle for you to pass your camera for a few (bad) photo's inside the house - then the mama expects payment for the privilege. This wouldn't be so bad, if the pictures were good, but the young ladies taking the shots are no photographers. Their excuse for keeping the house off-limits, is that the humidy is too high, but there would be long-term detrimental affects to the contents if that were the case. The mama's in charge, see this as a money-spinner, although it is state owned and run.

Nevertheless, it is an interesting house and beautiful grounds, if you have any interest in Ernest Hemingway. His fishing boat, Pilar, is under cover in the garden, near to the pool, and his writing tower has magnificent views over Havana. A couple of craft shops are in the car parking area, and the freshly pressed sugar cane & rum drinks are very tasty.

We enjoyed the tour, but were disappointed at the antics of those in charge of the house. I would be happy to pay a couple of Peso's for a couple of dozen good photo's of the interior, but many were blurred, not framed nicely and uninteresting angles.
Still worth the visit.

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Interesting home, but you cannot enter it. This house is considered a national landmark, so no tours. The home is completely intact, as though he left yesterday. Large doors and windows are open so that you can take photos. I had a glass of rum while enjoying the grounds. The employees want money to take a picture of you. The Pilar is in dry dock down by the pool. Finka Vigia is well worth the drive.

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Reviewed September 12, 2013

We loved the Finca Vigia. A really intimate look into the life of a great literary figure. For those of you with a sensitive nature I should warn you that there is a very high stuffed animal count. I think the highlight for me were the notes on the bathroom wall detailing Hemingway's battle against the bulge. The only downside was that despite the museum being open on Sunday mornings the people tending the site had locked the gate and we had to pay extra for them to let us in. Normally I would have refused but it was our only chance to see it. Check with your hotel for opening hours.

Thank pipnid
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

This museum looks like Hemingway just walked out and could return any minute. Although you cannot enter the house, you can peer into many doors and windows and see it all--the books, paintings, stuffed animals, mementos, furniture, clothing. The grounds are pretty--climb his tower for a wonderful view of Havana

Thank Julianne H
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

If you love Papa's work, especially The Old Man and the Sea, then you have to visit the Finca...they have kept it just as he left it back in the 50's, and it is fascinating to see. Only one detail has changed...they have hidden the old man's gun collection, apparently for fear they might be stolen and used for yet another assassination attempt on you know who!


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