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Ernest Hemingway Museum

Get a glimpse into Hemingway’s everyday life at his Cuban home, which remains almost exactly as it was when he lived there in the 1940s.

Explore the Ernest Hemingway Museum, housed within the acclaimed American author’s Cuban home, Finca la Vigía, which he bought in the 1940s. The museum preserves Hemingway’s home as it was on the day he left to return to the United States and displays a fascinating collection of his personal possessions.

Get to know the famous novelist while wandering the home where he lived for 20 years. His villa is found perched on a hill in the sea-facing neighborhood of San Francisco de Paula. Following the revolution, Hemingway returned to his country and donated his house and its contents to the Cuban people. This museum now serves as a tribute to both his art and the man himself.

Walk around the outside of the Ernest Hemingway Museum and peer in the windows and doors to see piles of books, a large record collection, trophy animal heads from his hunts in Africa and, of course, his typewriter from which he wrote two of his most celebrated novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. The interior is closed to the public to preserve the delicate objects, but it is possible to see the rooms he shared with his wife Martha Gellhorn.

Wander the sprawling 15-acre (6-hectare) grounds of Hemingway’s house where, amid the woods, you will find a swimming pool, a cock-fighting ring and his deep-sea fishing boat, the Pilar. There is a dog graveyard and dozens of cats roam the grounds too, descendants of the ones that once lived here alongside the famous writer.

San Francisco de Paula is located 9 miles (15 kilometers) from Havana and is served by public buses from the city center. The entrance to the house is on Calle Vigía and the museum is open daily, with restricted opening hours on Sundays. To get a deeper understanding of the famous author, take a guided tour, which will bring to life the eccentric and complex man whose words captivated the world.


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Casa 21 y A
Casa 21 y A

Casa 21 y A

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    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Municipality of San Miguel del Padrón, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Ernest Hemingway Museum and within 9 mi (15 km) of Plaza Vieja and Malecon. Lenin Park and Estadio Latinoamericano are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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    Carlos III Place - Susan's Independent Apartment

    Carlos III Place - Susan's Independent Apartment

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      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Municipality of Cotorro, this apartment building is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Ernest Hemingway Museum and within 9 mi (15 km) of Lenin Park and Estadio Latinoamericano. Alameda de Paula and Paseo de Marti are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      H & M Mar La Habana
      H & M Mar La Habana

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        B&b Vitrales - Heart of Old Havana - Boutique 2

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          Hostal Hakal

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            Ana y Alberto

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              Located in Municipality of Arroyo Naranjo, this guesthouse is within 9 mi (15 km) of Lenin Park, Ernest Hemingway Museum, and ExpoCuba. National Botanical Garden and Estadio Latinoamericano are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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                Located in Municipality of San Miguel del Padrón, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Ernest Hemingway Museum, Malecon, and Estadio Latinoamericano. Paseo de Marti and National Capitol Building are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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                Glenda's House - 5 Blocks to the Malecon

                Glenda's House - 5 Blocks to the Malecon

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                  Located in Municipality of San Miguel del Padrón, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Estadio Latinoamericano, Plaza Vieja, and Malecon. Ernest Hemingway Museum and Santa Clara de Asis Convent are also within 6 mi (10 km).