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La Chascona Casa Museo
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Tour the eclectic architecture of this home which served as the romantic hideaway for famed poet Pablo Neruda and his wife Matilde, as portrayed in the 1995 film "Il Postino."
Santiago
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“Great tour!”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Book ahead so you avoid having to wait for a time slot, you can only travel through the house with a guide, but they offer English and Spanish every half hour or so, but numbers are limited. This was the last of the three houses we visited and unlike the others you have a person to guide you, which allowed us to ask all the questions that we had. He was great.

This house is not as fantastic as the other two - my favourite is Isle Negra, but here I learned why. Unfortunately Pablo's Valparaiso and Santiago homes were looted after his death, so many of his famous collections were destroyed. So in Santiago the library is bare. But his trade mark signature is definitely present.

If you only have time to go to one, Isle Negra is my pick.

Visited April 2013
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“A Porthole into Neruda's Personality”
Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

It's a wonderful little house with lots of personal bric a brac collected by Neruda in his lifetime. The attempt to replicate a shiplike structure demonstrates the author's peculiarities. A pity that his original library was destroyed in the 70s by the then military authorities but that makes the place even more interesting and guests can be thankful that the structure survived together with some Picassos, Legers and other art pieces gifted to Neruda and his third wife Matilde. One cannot take pictures on the inside though which may disappoint avid photographers. And one needs to be aware of persons right outside the museum distributing their personal poetry and asking for donations. Neruda's Nobel medal is on display - luckily, this survived and wasn't destroyed.

For Neruda fans, a must visit.

Visited April 2013
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Washington DC
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“Being a US Citizen Is Not a Plus”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Even though I am a senior citizen and married to a Chilean and was with my Chilean sister-in-law I was charged 3 times the etrance fee as a foreigner. When I objected the reaction was quite icy and my husband whispered to me that in order to get a job there you had to be a.... (not a nice word). Unfortunately, because Pablo Neruda has a certain political history the foundatiion appears to be under the impression that all Americans think the same. They should realize that we are people of many political ideas.

Visited March 2013
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Brasilia, DF
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“Must see in Santiago”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I am not a Neruda fan, but I think this house is a must see in Santiago. You can go after San Cristobal Hill, for instance.

Neruda has a very interesting history, and the tour guides points the best parts during the visit. The houve is full of unusual things, and the building itself, is not quite regular. A huge part looks like a boat, because Neruda was a fan.

Visited April 2013
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“Fun little place”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

The tour isn't that informative; it just covers basic information on Neruda and the house. However, the house is so interesting and there are lots of quirky stuff to look at it's well worth a visit. Book in advance.

Visited March 2013
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