The Museo de Arte de Ponce resides in almost 4,500 objects and works of art, spanning about 3,000 years. Europe, Africa and America are three regions that have heavily shaped Puerto Rico’s past. According to the official website, several artworks from the museum were exhibited internationally before the museum’s reopening in 2010. Visitors can look at pieces from the permanent collection, and the temporary exhibits as well as a library and educational initiatives. Most of the classical artworks date back to the 17th century. Revel in these historic collections that showcase the vibrancy of Puerto Rican culture alongside the pieces from Europe.
Timings: : 9 AM - 5 PM
Visit Parque de Bombas, a landmark of the city and a museum of firefighting. Built-in 1882, the building served as the first fire station in Puerto Rico, whose firefighters battled some major blazes in the early years. Designed for the 1882 Exhibition Trade Fair, the Moorish Revival style and the lively red colour makes the museum building very unique. It was turned into a museum after 108 years of service and now today, you can view various relics, items, and artefacts from the station's history.
Do not miss the opportunity of exploring Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico which is amongst the largest museums in the Caribbean. Situated in an area of San Juan known for its street art and community of creatives, the museum showcases a wide range of Puerto Rican artwork from the 18th century to present-day exhibits. Admire a vast collection of paintings by the most famous national artists and check out the numerous temporary shows the museum often hosts. Along with other top museums in Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Museum of Art provides an inviting and prominent home for different forms of art, including paintings and sculptures.
Named after a three-pointed object - Cemi, which has religious significance for the indigenous people of Puerto Rico, the Tainos, the museum is located in the heart of Jayuya. The building of the museum is one-of-a-kind, shaped like a Cemi making it the most unusual museum in Puerto Rico. The visitors can take a look at Taino artefacts and a painting of petroglyphs in the small museum.
The history and culture of the American continent, with an emphasis on Puerto Rico’s cultural heritage, can be found at el Museo de las Américas in Old San Juan. Located inside of the historic Cuartel de Ballajá, a former barracks for Spanish soldiers, the museum has four permanent exhibitions: Popular Arts in the Americas, African Legacy, El Indio in America, and the Conquest and Colonization, which mark the cultural evolution of what Puerto Rico is today. The museum displays pottery, musical instruments, basketry, among other relics made in different American countries. It also exhibits Santos de Puerto Rico, the saints worshipped by Puerto Ricans and some other temporary exhibits covering a range of topics.
Situated near El Morro in Old San Juan, right around the corner from Casa Blanca and San Sebastián streets, you will find el Museo Casa Blanca, a fortified residence that was once home to Juan Ponce de León’s family. The house shows architectural designs of the 16th century along with a stunning view of the Old City with beautiful gardens, living rooms and bedrooms originally used by the family. The friendly and informative staff will gladly answer any of your questions, and you can pick up a pamphlet to supplement your visit. You can also take one of the daily guided tours to truly appreciate the visit.
Located in the city known as the “Pearl of the South”, Ponce, this museum dates back to the 1930s. It is a Spanish Revival-style home built by the Serrallés family of the famous DonQ rum. Visitors can opt for guided tours of the museum which are given in English and Spanish. They can also visit the on-site gift shop and wine cellar. The museum has a butterfly nursery, the Vigía Cross, and a Japanese garden with benches, pagodas, and koi ponds. It also has a permanent exhibition so you can visit it anytime you want.
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