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“Pleasantly surprised”

Museo de Casa Blanca
Ranked #53 of 203 things to do in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Pleasant Ridge, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

Of all the sites in Old San Juan, this one was a nice surprise. The oldest house in the Americas still in use, it was built in 1521. A simple stop between El Morro and Ponce de Leon's statue. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. They have a nice mix of original and representative pieces of furniture, art, weapons, etc. Since my wife is a descendant of Ponce de Leon, we were especially excited to see the original crest of the Leon/Troche family on the walls, and carved into furniture. There's a nice walkway in front of the house where you can get a peak of the harbor from a balcony.

Visited February 2014
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Anderson, South Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Not easy to find.”
Reviewed March 15, 2014

We had a hard time finding the museum. We finally had to ask a local police officer where it was.

Once we found it, it wasn't what we expected. There weren't a lot of signs giving you information about the various rooms in the house. Also, the grounds around the house weren't well maintained. On the plus side, there weren't very many other visitors to the house, so we could take as much time as we wanted to look around. It's a good place to spend a peaceful couple of hours just wandering through history.

Visited November 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful, and perfect location ”
Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

The grounds of the house are absolutely beautiful. They are calm and serene. The house and museum is also quite nice. The personnel were very welcoming and informative. Casa Blanca is definitely worth the stop.

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Montreal, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

Found this by accident while we were exploring back alleys and narrow streets of old san juan, and we were extremely pleased. A knowledgeable young man offered a tour of this building, which belonged to Ponce de Leon's family in the 1500s. Beautiful building and extraordinary views, we were pleased to learn more details of the history of his area, building techniques, and details about the people who settled there. We recommend this stop if you are in the area.

Visited March 2014
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Houston, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
139 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Quiet step back into history”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

Finally found this place - it is not easy to find - and it was well worth it. The down side, it has seen better days. The up side - wow. It's like taking a step back in history. As you stroll through the somewhat abandoned gardens, you can feel the history, you can see what was there before, and you can just fall in love with the place.

Spend nearly an hour just wandering about, enjoying the views, and the peacefulness.

Visited February 2014
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