Casa Blanca Museum
Casa Blanca Museum
4.5
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Built in 1521 as a home for Governor Juan Ponce de Leon, today this historic landmark contains two interesting museums of Indian and colonial artifacts.
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David H
Memphis, TN85 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We went to the museum today. It was decently interesting, and the views were great. Then we wandered the grounds which have some pretty gardens. The sign said they closed at 4. We went to leave at 4 and every gate we tried was locked. We spent nearly an hour looking everywhere for an employee or an unlocked gate. No luck. We called the number but got no answer. Eventually we climbed out which was a pain since we had a child with us. We didn’t stay late and even if we had most places are going to make sure they’re empty of guests before they lock the doors. If it wasn’t for that, I’d be pretty happy with the place. But getting locked in when we left on time is extremely annoying.
Written January 2, 2020
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stork90
Mount Juliet, TN1,395 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
We thought the wall cut-aways covered in plexiglass were an interesting way to show the different methods of building, as well as to show how the house has grown "organically". All signs were in both Spanish and English. Even though it's pretty small and bare as far as museums go, we found it very interesting to see the period furnishings from the 17th - 19th centuries. The grounds are peaceful and gorgeous, giving you a secluded feeling despite being in San Juan.
Written January 9, 2021
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC24,906 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
This house was originally built for Juan Ponce de Leon, however he never got the chance to live there. His son on the other hand did. Over the course of three hundred years, the house expanded and changed purposes. From house, to military installation, back to a house and then finally a museum. I was fascinated that it was the home of the US military commander on the island for a time. They have done an excellent job of restoring it and the first floor is laid out like a typical house for the time.
Written November 13, 2021
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Strider2030
Reston, VA76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The building, walls and gardens are in excellent condition. The wall plaques explain the history of each room. There is a lot of detail and I wanted to understand it. I walked through all the rooms once to understand what was added when. Second I repeated my room tour in the sequence that the rooms were built over about 400 years. We spent just over an hour visiting the casa and accompanying gardens.
Written February 17, 2020
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Trella S
55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
We finally made it to see this historic residence on our third trip to OSJ. We were there for maybe 30 relaxing minutes. It was $5 each. There is ancient architecture, history, a beautiful view of the ocean, and a lovely garden. A few of the Save a Gato cats were roaming. In fact, one served as our guide of the house. The garden is peaceful and lovely with fountains, and we waited out a brief rainshower in a little chapel area where the public restrooms are. Worth a stop if you have time and love old buildings ...this one was started in 1524 I believe.
Written February 4, 2023
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Laura R
Guttenberg, NJ300 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This is a small house that was originally built for Ponce de Leon. The grounds are well kept, and the flowers are beautiful. The museum is a few rooms, with some furniture. The views are beautiful. It takes about an hour, at most. Well worth it.
Written May 2, 2022
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maxpaste
Mechanicsburg, PA1,097 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
This is a hidden gem that we really enjoyed. It’s not huge but the history inside is amazing. The view from the house is great, as are all of the artifacts inside. They’ve done a nice job preserving this house that was intended for Ponce De Leon
Written July 7, 2021
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susanc1906
Boston, MA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
If you like history, make a stop here. You can see the house on top of the hill from down by the San Juan Gate, but to get there you first walk through the extensive grounds, from the end of Calle San Sebastian. The grounds and house are self-guided, so your visit can be as short or long as you like. Staff was on hand to answer questions. An exhibit showed the changes to the building and history of the site, there were great views from the grounds and the upper floors, and it was peaceful, because there were only a few other people there!
Written April 5, 2015
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KDonley
Pleasant Ridge, MI17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
Of all the sites in Old San Juan, this one was a nice surprise. The oldest house in the Americas still in use, it was built in 1521. A simple stop between El Morro and Ponce de Leon's statue. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. They have a nice mix of original and representative pieces of furniture, art, weapons, etc. Since my wife is a descendant of Ponce de Leon, we were especially excited to see the original crest of the Leon/Troche family on the walls, and carved into furniture. There's a nice walkway in front of the house where you can get a peak of the harbor from a balcony.
Written April 5, 2014
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Vivian C
Louisville, KY30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
We were the only ones in the museum which made it feel more special. On a hot day it was a relief to stroll through these rooms soaking up the ambience of 17th century life in Old San Juan, if you were a member of the Ponce de Leon family. The grounds are equally enthralling - with the sea as backdrop. Very worth the $3 entry fee.
Written April 5, 2019
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