About The Sebastiana

It is said the famous poet Pablo Neruda said he would like to be an eagle in another life. Upon his death, when his friend visited his room following some commotion from the neighbours, he found an eagle there. It flew away through the window on seeing him. No one knew how it had gotten into the room in the first place.

The room was one of the many in The Sebastiana.

Famous as the residence of Pablo Neruda, this quaint little building is now a museum. With a bright red center curved around it, it once provided the perfect place for Pablo to write and reside in. A little too big for him, he shared the house with his friends who occupied the lower floors, leaving the upper floor and the terrace and an abundant view of the city to Pablo. If you love his poetry, you will love his house! It is a great way to feel close to your favourite poet. Even if you are not a poetry lover, the house is a spot you do not want to miss.

Today you can see a collection of curious objects on display in the house and know about their even more curious origins and history. But more importantly, you can explore the same space that was once occupied by the man who wrote Oda al tomate and Tu risa. We assure you a truly poetic visit!

Explore the Museum house via an audio-guide system available in a range if languages. This is included in the entrance fee and proves a worthy guide while respecting your and your neighbour’s privacy. Since visitors are allowed in on a first come first serve basis, be sure to take some time out for your visit!

A must-see for any romantic!

Must See

  • Pablo Neruda, Chile's Nobel Prize for Literature winner, was a poet, an eccentric, a Bohemian, and a collector, who apart from his beautiful poems, left three residences, which throw light on him and his personality
  •  Each of the rooms offers a different experience
  • La Sebastiana, declared a Natural Historic Monument, was actually constructed  by Sebastián Collado on the Cerro Florida, and it was later chosen by Pablo Neruda as his residence
  • All of the exhibits are worth a watch
  • The views of the bay from the house is also breathtaking

How to reach

There are 3 ways to reach The Sebastiana from Valparaíso (covering a distance of approximately 2.5 km):

A bus ride, taking about 10 minutes, will cost about $ 1

A taxi ride, taking about 5 minutes, will cost $ 2 to $ 4

A 30-minute walk

Tips

  • Be careful as you ascend and descend the narrow staircase
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Read up on the history of the museum beforehand for a richer experience
  • Enjoy fabulous views of the city from the terrace and the upper floors
  • This place has an audio-guide that is available in English, Portuguese, German, French, and Spanish
  • Get a feel of the life led by the poet with his personal belongings and the great view of the bay

Visit Time

Sunday:           10:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday:           Closed

Tuesday:          10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday:     10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday:         10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday:              10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday:          10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Waiting Time

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Entrance Fee

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Ch $ 7,000 - General admission

Ch $ 2,500 - Students and seniors

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Time you can spend

1 to 2 hours

 

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Weather

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