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Museo de Las Americas
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum of the Americas, located in the Cuartel Ballajá in Old San Juan, promotes the history and culture of the American continent from Alaska to Patagonia.
Reviewed February 2, 2012

All our 3 races in one place. Nice African, Spaniard and aborigines rooms. Original collections and great history.

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Reviewed February 1, 2012

The exhibits on the Native Americans were very good, but some of the others were a bit sparse, and many did not have English translations, which made it a bit difficult with my half-forgotten Spanish.

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Reviewed January 28, 2012

A must visit to learn Puerto Rico's history. Partially powered by photovoltaics.

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Reviewed January 24, 2012

We were walking down the hill overlooking La Perla and El Morro and went to this Museum. It is a quad on the second floor and some of the exhibits were outstanding-the first were statues and descriptions of all the indian tribes of the Americas; some we knew about like the Apaches but many were from very obscure tribes located in Brazil and other South American countries including the Jivaro with an example of a shrunken head and how to shrink them. Another fascinating exhibit was slavery in Puerto Rico. A third one concerned the day of the dead (el dia de los muertos) which is celebrated in Mexico and some american southwestern states but also in some towns in Puerto Rico with Mexican populations. This and many other exhibits made the small entrance fee worthwhile. BTW we saw a guided tour go by and they skipped some of the exhibit so go on your own. Also replicas of a country house, a country church and statues of all the Saints.

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Reviewed January 19, 2012

This unique museum is all too easy to miss. It occupies the full second floor of El Cuartel de Ballajá, a huge three-story yellow Spanish colonial block across from El Morro on the ocean side of Old San Juan, but there is little outside sign of the wonders within - gallery after gallery of art and history covering not only Puerto Rico, but all of the Americas,
Permanent exhibitions include El Indio en America, (America's Indian) a series of bronze life-casts and everyday objects representing 22 native tribes. Two of these are the 500-member Kamaura tribe of the Brazilian Mato Grosso and the 200,000 Navajos in the United States. A short video shows the Swedish-Peruvian artist Felip Lettersten making the life casts. His goal is to preserve traces of surviving early inhabitants of the Americas. Other galleries celebrate the wooden saints of Puerto Rico and the Island's African heritage. Recent exhibitions presented the religious work of two artists from the Franciscan order, and a gallery of amazing drawings and sculpture made by pre-kindergarten to grade-school students who created their own impressions of famous artist's work such as the Mona Lisa, The range of vision and the amount of talent in these kids was wonderful to see.
The principal language of the museum is Spanish, but most material is also in English, and helpful museum staff members willingly translated and answered our questions. While the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, located in Santurce, seems to be better known, the Museo de Las Americas is right in Old San Juan, and shouldn't be missed.

Thank Armchairtraveler
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