Chile’s Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda’s museum houses are at risk of shutting down for good after forced closures and a sharp drop in tourism caused by the coronavirus pandemic dried up funds, the foundation in charge of managing them said. “The pandemic devastated all visitors. We are in a critical situation,” said Fernando Saez, executive director of the Neruda Foundation, in a meeting with foreign correspondents at the poet’s house in Santiago. The three museum houses, located in central Chile, were closed for 17 months due to the pandemic and reopened last September after health measures loosened around the Andean country, aided by a strong vaccination campaign. Before the pandemic the poet’s three museum houses used to receive up to a total of 350,000 visitors each year. Most visitors were foreign tourists and students, but the museums also hosted literary workshops and cultural activities. Together, the houses collected about 200 million pesos a month, the foundation said. The foundation also received $150,000 from the author’s copyright to preserve the museums, which are full of collectibles.