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“Hidden gem of a place”

Museo de Arte de Ponce
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Its internationally renowned collection comprises more than 5,000 works of art from various cultures, creating a unique dialogue between the Old and New Worlds.
San Juan, PR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Hidden gem of a place”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

If you like art, especially paintings from the 19th Century as well as the Renaissance, the Ponce Museum has probably one of the largest collections in the Western Hemisphere. Yes, it's more than just the best art museum in Puerto Rico or the Caribbean, it has global weight and significance, with many unique pieces living here! So to find this place in Ponce just blows your mind.
The Museum was recently renovated and its awesome modern architecture contrasts well with the pieces. Now instead of grouping them by age, they have done something interesting which is group them by themes, bringing together art that is centuries apart so you can see how different artists treated similar subjects across history.
In a word, Wow. Definitely worth the trip to Ponce, and even could be worth a trip to Puerto Rico just to see this place.

Visited November 2012
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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“a really great art museum”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

This is a WOW museum. Not as big as MOMA or the Louvre, but right up there in quality. An incredible collection of modern and classical. Lots of little signs giving provenance and restoration history. Within walking distance from the big downtown plaza. If you really like art museums, absolutely see this one. You won't be disappointed.

Visited January 2013
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“one of the best art museums!”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

The collection is surprisingly rich and good. The curatorial job was one of the best. It is a must see in Ponce!

Visited December 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Exceeded all my expectations! If you like art - it will not disappoint.”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Surprisingly good art collection. The place is a lot bigger than it looks, and it is very well laid out. There are many of European paintings (centuries old). It also has a nice modern art section which I did not expect (including a piece by film director Julian Schnabel). There are also a couple of works from Puerto Rico's most famous painters - Francisco Oller and Jose Campeche as well as other local artists. The place is super clean and features several small interior gardens, a restaurant, coffee and muffin stand, and a small gift shop. At $6 dollars per adult and only $3 per children this is a bargain. Parking on the side of the building is free.

Visited December 2012
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“Surprisingly high-quality art”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

Who would've expected to find such high-quality art in Ponce? From Durer to Makovsky, we were pleasantly surprised by what we saw. It's a great way to spend an hour or two (and get away from the midday heat).

Visited December 2012
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