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Museo de Las Americas
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Old San Juan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
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Walking Tour of Old San Juan
Ranked #30 of 203 things to do in San Juan
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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 April 12, 2013

We come from D.C. so we are used to lots of museums stuffed to the gills with exhibits. This museum had 7 rooms, I believe, but 2 rooms were closed. The actual museum is huge and impressive with a big open courtyard, but the first and third floor were not being utilized. I know that this is a museum of the Americas, but at least one entire floor should have more exhibits showcasing Puerto Rican artists. This country is filled with so many artists and there are artististic murals all over the city...

The actual exhibits were nice and interesting, but the room showcasing the African roots should have been bigger. It was the smallest room. The room featuring the Basura artist, Nick Quinones (I think)was pretty cool seeing how he created art out of old shoe soles, milk jugs, etc. I don't think this country recycles. We're staying at a condo now and there are no separate containers to recycle, which is a shame so people don't respect the environment even more so around here. So they also pollute a lot and throw everything in the ocean, hence the Basura exhibit.

Anyway, the entire visit lasted less than an hour. We were going to go to the San Juan museum, but it was closed and it did not open as the sign said it would after there lunch break, but good thing we didn't go because a museum worker at the cultural center said it was not worth it because it only had 3 small rooms or something. Again, these museums are small compared to the ones on mainland so go at your own risk.

Thank ASN1972
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Located in the old Spanish army barracks around a huge courtyard, there is a natural history diorama exhibit that is the best I've seen anywhere. Also a number of changing exhibits, including one on the "veijigante" masks of Puerto Rico.

Thank Larry H
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

The museum resides just few minutes from Castillo Del Moro. It re-opened for us at 13:00 after the staff break. It covers a wide scope of the various people and tribes living in the Caribbean Islands since initial settlements till modern era. The presentations are nicely put through very detailed human, animal and landscape images and statues, documented stories and also some art exhibitions - we visited the one made around the human waste.

Highly recommended.

Thank Fun-trvl64
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Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

If you r in OSJ on Th or Fr walk up to this museum to see 30 min free music and light shows. 7 is Eng narration. Sometimes also a live group performs at 7:30.

Have seen no advertising. Been there 3 times this month. Maybe a dozen people present each time. :-( kids love it.

Museum closes at 4PM. To do both museum and show requires dinner break between closing and then return for show.

Nice coffee shop with WiFi on site but it closes at 7. Go figure.

2  Thank scotpond
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Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

At $3 entrance, it is a great place to spend an hour or two in old San juan. The space is beautiful, with scheduled rooftop tours, 10:30 and 300pm, where you can see the growing green roof. Amazing views of the city and the sea. Underneath, galleries with local art and history. I did not have time to browse the store.
Highly recommend.

1  Thank M123
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