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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
Phone Number: 787 725 1454
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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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Built for PR first governor, Ponce de Leon, Casa Blanca is full of history. Excellent views of the bay and sea. The gardens used to be and attracion but they need a lot of care.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Alberto13_13
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Ponce, Puerto Rico

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Ponce, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Built for PR first governor, Ponce de Leon, Casa Blanca is full of history. Excellent views of the bay and sea. The gardens used to be and attracion but they need a lot of care.

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Duncanville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The original house on this site was built as a home for Ponce de Leon, the first governor of Puerto Rico, but he died without ever occupying it. The current house replaced the timber structure that had been there, and was modified many, many times over the centuries. The house serves as a museum, not just of the early days... More 

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Thank Richard W
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have been here many times, especially as a young kid. Always liked the history of it. I went last year after many years and the place is worn down. It really needs attention and care by the government. The beauty of the place is the gardens. That is what needs special attention.

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Thank Wilfredo M
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Wonderful place for history buffs. The house takes you back to the 16th century Spaniards and their way of life. lovely views from the balconies and gardens.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

How often do you walk through a house that's nearly 500 years old? The curators have attempted to furnish the house with accurate historical pieces, though I have no idea how on point they are. I enjoyed the exhibit on how the house was developed throughout the years and who lived there during the different periods. This was a refreshing... More 

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Thank butterandjelly
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Very small museum, but it was cheap and interesting. If you're in old San Juan, it is an easy trip. The mansion is a great piece in history.

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Thank mariasowden
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Even though the website says its open it was not. Sign on the CLOSED gate said it was open until 4:00. Very disappointed as we really wanted to see it. Hopefully it is open on our next visit?

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Thank Erin L
Baton Rouge, LA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

A wonderful museum that explains the history of the Ponce De Leon family. Authentic furniture from the period. A must see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

We really enjoyed this stop- a short walk from the fort. It was fun to wander about the house and see the beautiful ocean views. There weren't a lot of people here, so it was nice to be away from the crowds.

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Grayslake, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

This spot is very old and interesting to walk through but maybe for the wrong reasons. The vegetation is swallowing the building, the fountains are dry and the house is nearly empty. None the less, it is free, historic and peaceful. The staff person was very helpful,

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