7 Famous Homes Turned Museums (PHOTOS)

These house museums give us a sense of what life was like in a different period and a glimpse of what went into making artists, writers and great thinkers who they were.
01/20/2012 07:08 am ET Updated Mar 21, 2012

There are as many reasons for traveling as there are travelers. Some wanderers focus on food and wine while others prefer to get their adrenaline pumping through adventure sports. Some find their heart racing from just standing before artistic masterpieces.

For some travelers, each destination brings with it the chance to stand in the homes of famous and inspirational people, to see firsthand where they lived and (often) worked. Not only can these house museums give us a sense of what life might have been like in a different period, they can also give us a glimpse of what went into making that artist, writer, philosopher or great thinker who they were.

There are fantastic house museums all over the world -- here is a selection of 7 of the most interesting famous homes turned museums/a>.

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