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“Eclectic collection of local contemporary art”

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
Ranked #11 of 203 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: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed October 16, 2013

Lovely gallery and gardens featuring over-sized contemporary art. It was nice to see the amount of programing for children.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

This is a wonderful museum! There weren't a ton of people there (which was really nice), but that means I need to get the word out about how amazing this place is. The artwork is all fairly contemporary (approx last 100 years). The current exhibition is a thematic interpretation of their permanent collection, which was very well done. The sculpture park is a lot of fun too. The restaurant is wonderful, but very fancy and pricey!

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Reviewed September 9, 2013

As far as beach/resort destinations are concerned, this art museum was a great dry-dock add-on to our 'mostly-wet' vacation. I was enthralled by the sheer number of over-sized works the galleries held, and very pleased to learn about PR through its vibrant colors, daring themes, videoart, and portrait work. It was/is a successful amalgamation of religious, cultural, and ethnic themes, with just a hint of machismo. Elizam Escobar's (current display) self-study was fascinating in terms of his focus on facial subtleties and the old-fashion grid system for spacial arrangement and enlargement. The gardens were beautiful - I only wished it were larger and offered more (outside) seating.

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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Took my girls (7 &10) and we all had a great time looking around. We made the mistake of coming on Monday the first time (they are closed Monday's) but we came back the next day and spent most the day here. The garden in the back was so beautiful, don't miss it.

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Reviewed August 30, 2013

We spent two full hours here. There is a contemporary art museum in this area, as well, but there is plenty (mostly, actually) for the modern art lover here! The staff went out of their ways to share with us what they knew about the art. The art gave us amazing insight into the Puerto Rican psyche: they were themes r/t the US military, the relationship to the Catholic Church, the relationship to the land (plantains), and the influence of European art. It cost $12 for two of us. The place was almost empty (we went on a Thursday). We took a cab from the San Juan Marriott, but we walked back (just 20 minutes). Plus, there is a lovely mercado and barrio to explore just four blocks from the museum!

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