Museo Casa Carlos Gardel
Jean Juares 735 (@ Zelaya); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4114.5791
Tango vocalist Carlos Gardel is like the Michael Jordan (or maybe the Diego Maradona) of Argentine music. His face is enshrined in countless photos, paintings and t-shirts all over Buenos Aires, and his signature voice can be heard in the restaurants, shops, and homes of every class of citizen. Considering his exalted status in this country, though, his home in the Abasto neighborhood seems somewhat modest. But it’s a pleasant, if brief, experience to see where the man lived and peruse some of the artifacts of his life while listening to a steady stream of his music.
This museum does a good job of displaying historical records (famous photos, albums, newpaper clippings) in combination with period/true life stuff that he actually used (old radios and phonographs, work desk, coat rack, his guitar) in a setting (the house where he lived) that’s an attraction in itself. The kitchen, for example, is a cramped and windowless little cave with a six-and-a-half foot ceiling and almost no counter space. I know modern kitchens are judged by completely different standards, and I’m sure he didn’t do his own cooking, but it’s still kind of cool to know that Carlos Gardel’s kitchen is most likely a lot crappier than yours. His rooftop patio, though, is quite nice. To get the most out of a visit, come in time for a tour.
—Museo Casa Carlos Gardel review by David Muller