History Museums in Puerto Rico

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History Museums in Puerto Rico

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  • Richard G O
    Kissimmee, FL30 contributions
    A quaint museum that provides you the very rich history of Ponce and after seeing this museum you will understand why they say Pomce es Ponce
    Written October 24, 2019
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  • Liz R
    Coamo5 contributions
    It's the amazing history place, very near to the town and history zone too. The collection is unique and wonderful.
    Written December 27, 2016
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  • William S
    Kobe, Japan1,176 contributions
    This is an interesting old fort close to the center of town and with a great view. You can walk from town - no need to drive up there - and get a sense of its history. Unfortunately, it was closed when we were there despite the sign indicating it would be open. It is relatively well preserved and I would have loved to visit the interior.
    Written January 23, 2022
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  • iris m
    Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico38 contributions
    If you love antics, great stories and a beautiful countryside you will love Hacienda Mis Sueños. Mr. Reynaldo, the owner will give you a tour himself and a story to go with every antic he has collected. Most of these antics give you a view of how the jibaros in Puerto Rico used to live. There is a fantastic view of the countryside. There are plenty of beautiful plants and flowers, plus exotic animals. Should go dressed comfortably and wear sneakers. Well worth the trip.
    Written May 27, 2018
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  • Lourdes C
    San Juan, Puerto Rico4 contributions
    Excellent place to learn about PR culture
    We had the opporunity to take the tour with one of the ladies that do the hamaca
    Written January 5, 2019
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  • Pacomoll
    Mayaguez, Puerto Rico48 contributions
    Small but very interesting and well designed Museum. Has a comfortable theater and the person in charge is very knowledgeable on the city history.
    Written December 29, 2019
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  • Lester Ojeda
    San Juan, Puerto Rico481 contributions
    I can't overstate how much I love Aibonito. It's a wonderful town full of great people, great places to hang out, and just ENJOY yourself. This place, however, stands apart.

    The Casa Museo is just that. Used to be the home of Puerto Rican statesman Federico Degetau at the turn of the 20th century and since then, it has had its ups and downs. Since the mid 80's, a local team of proud volunteers has led the restoration and upkeep of this self-sustained landmark 100% free of government funds or intervention. The house not only serves as a museum (which you should definitely take the tour) but also as an atypical event or meeting venue which, I'm sure, your attendees will never forget.
    Love this place, and a huge kudos to Guelo and his team for keeping our history safe within those walls for the next generations to appreciate.
    Written March 14, 2020
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  • Nelsa L
    San Juan, Puerto Rico11 contributions
    This is the gubernatorial Foundation/Library of Rafael Hernández-Colón a three term governor of Puerto Rico. A beautiful building in the urban center. There is a very well organized and interesting museum in the second floor depicting the life and achievements of the former governor. There is a separate side entrance to the children's library where on saturdays they read stories or have crafts and lend books to children. Suitable for children 1-8 years of age. The first floor has a small theatre where documentaries and other films are shown to the public. A reading room with wi-fi and in which you can access any of 5 million historical documents housed and preserved there. They have rooms available to rento for conferences, small weddings and other events. Substantive programs are a leadership program, an oral history archive reading and music programs for children.
    Written September 14, 2017
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  • Larry W
    Leavenworth, KS797 contributions
    A very interesting stop while in San Juan. Juan Ponce de Leon, in 1508, arrived by expedition and built a fort residence made of masonry and stone named Caparra. The museum has some interest, but is mostly in Spanish. You are able to obtain a little information in English from the museum attendant. We had a guide, who explained the integration of the three major social groups in Puerto Rico: the Mongoloid, The Spanish, and the Slaves. It's worth a stop. It is closed for lunch from 12-1. Free
    Written January 21, 2018
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  • Benjamin S
    Philadelphia, PA44 contributions
    The main attractions of Old San Juan are beautiful but have a complex history, and the Museo de Las Americas provides a perfect context through which to understand the city and culture that makes it a must-see.

    In addition to powerful explanations of indigenous, African, Spanish, and contemporary Puerto Rican cultures, the museum doesn't shy away from provocative folk art, ancient artifacts that might have been censored elsewhere (i.e. indigenous erotic sculpture), and bold contemporary art installations that play off of each other in interesting and unexpected ways.

    Finally, the museum is affordable, spacious, uncrowded, and in an interesting building; perfect to take a break from the heat in the middle of the heat. All in all, this was a surprise favorite attraction in OSJ.
    Written April 26, 2022
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  • F6352IEjosem
    57 contributions
    The new art display was donated to the museum from the family of Ramirez de Arellano a massive collection from over 100 years its a must see for art lovers. Every time I return I find something in the paintings that I did not appreciate last last time.
    Written August 6, 2018
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  • Paloma515
    Carolina, Puerto Rico86 contributions
    I really like those museums. They’re rich in history and culture. It’s good for couple trip or family.
    Written November 11, 2019
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  • jehenson81
    Washington DC, DC22,085 contributions
    This museum was surprisingly free. They opened at 10a on a Sunday (different from what the website said) and the security guard told me there were two exhibits to see. I went in the first one (religious art) and the lady in there told me to leave that they weren’t open. I was taken aback but left and sat on a bench outside. She then went and spoke with the guard. She popped back in the exhibit then out again to tell me to come in. The religious art and objects was beautiful but all the descriptions were only in Spanish. The other exhibit was about the history of San Juan and most of the large displays were dual lingual. It was a very nice museum but the lady in the first exhibit needs to take a breath before she speaks to visitors like she did me.
    Written November 14, 2021
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  • Jerseyshore07712
    10 contributions
    This exhibit is at the Museum of the Americas. It is not a separate museum. It was still worth seeing. Displays the African heritage from slavery to freedom and today.
    Written November 13, 2019
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