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“A little gem”

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
Ranked #19 of 201 things to do in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: More than just an art museum, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico hosts concerts and festivals as well. The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR), a non-for-profit organization, was inaugurated on July 1, 2000, as a legacy for the Puerto Rican people. The mission of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico is to enrich the lives of its diverse audiences by making accessible and promoting the knowledge, appreciation, and enjoyment of visual arts from Puerto Rico and the world. The MAPR engages diverse communities to facilitate learning experiences about the visual arts through: the growth of a well-researched permanent collection exemplifying significant and representative examples of Puerto Rican art from the sixteenth century to the present; a dynamic program of exhibitions supported by engaging and exciting educational and cultural programs that collectively deepen the understanding of the role of the visual arts in the human experience and contribute to the creation of a curatorial legacy; documentation, research, interpretation, preservation, and conservation of the collection and the visual arts patrimony of Puerto Rico; and alliances with local, regional, and international museums and institutions to advance the knowledge of, access to, and understanding of the visual arts of the world.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Silver Spring, Maryland
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A little gem”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

Hotel checkout was at 1:00 and our flight didn't leave until 6:00, so we used the time to visit the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. The original part of the building was an old hospital, but the large addition is all modern with a towering ceiling on the main level and a wall of gorgeous colored glass. We loved the interesting collection of art which is creatively displayed. The interactive children's section is delightful. Outside is a sculpture garden and koi pond.

The museum was being prepared for a wedding when we were there - I am sure it was quite lovely.

Visited August 2012
Thank Janet A
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Puerto Rico
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Beautiful Restaurant”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

We visited these restaurant for my birthday. The service and the food was excellent. One of the best restaurants in San Juan.

Visited May 2012
Thank Damariswilma
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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449 reviews
143 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
“Excellent Museum”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

This museum may be the best in the Island. They have permanent and new exhibits. Tours for
groops can be arranged and I reccomend doing that. Sometimes when you are in your own you
miss a lot of the action. A visit to this Museum is a must when you visit the Island. Beside Art Exhibits you can buy souvenirs in their shops. The best kept secret is Laurel, a restaurant located
in the premises with International food where you can taste food by Chef Mario Pagan. It is a
short walk away from Centro de Bellas Artes, so you can arrange your whole day covering the
museum, restaurant and Bellas Artes.

Visited August 2012
3 Thank 27Ruben27
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“A place you must see when visiting Puerto Rico”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

This is the best art Museum you can visit in Puerto Rico. It is centrally located, with a grand exhibition of Puerto Rican artists, a beautiful garden and a family gallery, which is the best in Puerto Rico. Employees are very friendly and provide an excellent service. If you like photography, ask for Hector Mendez Caratini work, beautiful photographs of the vejigantes. Don't miss this great place in Puerto Rico!!!

Visited August 2012
Thank Annette L
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49 reviews
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“Nice place to go on a rainy day”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

We spent a rainy day here. Some interesting work. I did like the 'barbershop' scene created on the second floor-

Visited July 2012
Thank gloria73
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