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Carlos Gardel House Museum

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Carlos Gardel House Museum

Whether you’re already a devoted tango fan or no next to nothing about the passionate Argentine tradition, the Carlos Gardel House Museum (Museo Casa Carlos Gardel, in Spanish), is an important sight to see while visiting Buenos Aires.

Carlos Gardel is perhaps the best known tango artist, and certainly one of the most famous musicians in Argentina’s history. Known for both his guitar performances and his unique, emblematic singing voice, it wasn’t long until he found international fame, touring and recording around Argentina and Europe, as well as performing for NBC in New York.

He is also well remembered for his and Alfredo Lepera’s song, “Mi Buenos Aires Querido”, still a well-known, classic tango. His fame even extends to the silver screen, and he filmed a number of movies both in New York and in Buenos Aires.

His house is now the perfect setting to remember the idol, as well as the time and culture in which he lived. He bought the house in 1927 for his mother, and he lived there with her until 1933, when he was whisked off to New York for his NBC performances. His plan to return shortly thereafter changed with his great success, and he stayed in the States to shoot some movies. Two years later, during a tour around Latin America, he was killed in a tragic plane crash in Medellín, Colombia.

The house remained the residence of his mother, who also lived with her friend Anais Beaux and her husband. She passed away in 1943, and Gardel’s last manager gained possession of the home. In keeping with everything Gardel lived for, the house became the famous tango venue La Casa de Carlos Gardel in the 1970s.

In 2003, the house was converted, by the City of Buenos Aires, into a museum, having been completely restored and filled with relevant artifacts. It serves to protect and perpetuate the memory of the man who was to tango what Elvis Presley was to rock ‘n’ roll.


The house now holds Gardel’s records, photographs and musical instruments, as well as pieces of furniture and modern art pieces that were done in honor of the late musician.

While some of the rooms now serve to display the museums contents, others are a true peek into the past state of the house. The bathroom, ironing room and kitchen have all been preserved and/or restored to their original condition, with 1920s objects on display in their natural setting. It gives the visitor a more intimate look at Gardel’s life outside of his music. There are other interesting attractions in this Buenos Aires travel guide.

Besides the regular items in the museum, it also holds temporary exhibitions in one particular room, related to anything tango or Gardel. Again, the aim of the museum is to pay tribute to and perpetuate the memory of Gardel, and this includes noting the current status of the still famous tango, which he was such an integral part of developing.

The museum gives guided tours, or you can explore on your own. It’s a great look into one of the most important parts of Argentina’s history, and helps explain the passion that is still felt for the traditional music and dance.

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