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Museo de Casa Blanca

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Address: 1 Calle San Sebastian | Old San Juan, San Juan 00926-7354, Puerto Rico
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Built in 1521 as a home for Governor Juan Ponce de Leon, today this...

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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Casa Blanca is one of the oldest structures in Old San Juan. It was built for the family of Ponce de Leon, the first governor of the island but he died before it was completed... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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New York City, New York

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Casa Blanca is one of the oldest structures in Old San Juan. It was built for the family of Ponce de Leon, the first governor of the island but he died before it was completed. Since then the house has been used for many purposes. Now it has been restored to the look it had when it was a family... More 

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Monterey, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed April 7, 2017

The Museo de Casa Blanca is a fantastic museum located just minutes away from the San Juan National Historic Site. Dating back approximately 500 years, the history of Puerto Rico is on complete display here and is absolutely worth the detour.

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Thank Fadamos
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful example of one of the earlist structures in the city with detailed explanation of construction techniques and the evolution of the complex. The first floor is decorated with period pieces that transport you in time. Small museum well worth every minute. Very inexpensive entrance fee.

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Naugatuck, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2017

When visiting Old San Juan this is a must stop. Inexpensive to see. Although it is very plain and run-down, you get an idea how it was to live back in the 1500's. Very nice views while standing on the different balconies. Needs a bit of work to revitalize it. Also the garden area needs a lot of maintenance.

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West Point, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2017

The oldest building in San Juan and was inhabited until the 1960's with no running water/plumbing. (also no public bathrooms). Self guided tour through the rooms but the entrance guy was very friendly and happy to answer any/all questions. Nice views out the windows and from the top floor. Pretty little garden but I wish it was more kept up.

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

Yes it's run down. Obviously once the government took over that's what happened. However you can still appreciate the historic value, its charm and architectural importance. We talked to the only employee. A young man who is passionate yet a little ashamed that the place isn't as maintained as he would like. We also spoke to a volunteer who tries... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed February 6, 2017 via mobile

This place is worth a visit. Entrance $3 pp is well worth it. Please note, they close over lunch for an hour. The original house was built in 1523 and expanded about 12 times with well documented history. Some rooms with historic furniture and nice garden. Not overrun by tourists and a nice stop along your trip through Old San... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2017

With incredible views of Old San Juan and the sea from the balconies combined with some real history of the transformation of Puerto Rico, Casa Blanca was one of the best places we visited in Old San Juan. We learned of the life of Ponce de Lean - a window into the world of colonial Puerto Rico and its affects... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2016

This is an inexpensive attraction, but not a must-see. The views are nice. Take a camera. The gardens are nice, but the fountains are not running. The history is interesting.

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed December 23, 2016

When we were there,, there were signs on the doors that made it sound like this place has been closed and may not reopen – check on this before you go.

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