Carlos Gardel Museum & House
The home of Carlos Gardel and his mother has been restored and contains tango memorabilia.
This museum is a must-see for tango enthusiast. The home was purchased by Carlos Gardel for his mother in 1927 and he lived there whenever he wasn't traveling to perform. The museum opened 2003 after it was restored and filled with Carlos Gardel memorabilia. The collection at the Museo de Casa Gardel includes various objects relating to the singer's life such as items of clothing, sheet music and handwritten musical notes, records and contracts. The home is typical of the Abasto district, narrow and large with an indoor glass covered patio. The home once served as a brothel, a tailor shop and a tango parlor. Pictures were used to restore the home to what it looked like when Carlos and his mother lived in it during the 30's.
Carlos Gardel, known as the King of Tango, brought tango out of the poor barios and gave it world-wide acclaim. Prior to his popularity tango was shunned by Argentina's elite and only heard in brothels. Gardel's seductive baritone voice appealed to an international crowd and he became widely popular after he toured in Paris, Barcelona and New York. Today you can still here Gardel's music anywhere they play tango music and his face is prominently displayed throughout Buenos Aires.
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