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Museums

Although we don't recomend renting a car if your stay is short, or plan to stay in the Old San Juan area. We do recomend it if your stay is for three days or more and plan to go about the Island. We do not have a private parking lot; however there are a few that are very close by and offer competitive prices.

Museo de las Américas

Museo de las AmericasThis museum houses a number of exhibits, some permanent, and some temporary. The permanent exhibits include artifacts and samples of the arts and crafts pertaining to daily life, things like clothes, tools, musical instruments, religious objects, etc. There is a room dedicated to Santos de Puerto Rico, and another on The African Heritage. Also featured is a wonderful special exhibit on the Indian in the Americas. The temporary exhibits change throughout the year. Bi-lingual.

Admission to the museum is free. However, there is a $2.00 per person charge for the Indian in the Americas exhibit.

Open Tuesday & Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm, and Thursday & Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm

Call 787-724-5052 for more info.

Located on the second floor of the El Cuartel Ballaja, which is just across from El Morro.

Galeria Nacional

Galeria NacionalThis museum, located in an old Dominican Convent that was built in the 16th century, contains a gallery of paintings from Puerto Rican masters such as Jose Campeche y Francisco Oller . There are a number of rooms of paintings and other works of art (paintings and decorative) from Puerto Rican artisans of the 18th – 20th centuries.

Admission fee is $2.00 for children and $3.00 for adults.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 9:30am to 5:00pm, and Sundays 9:30am to 5:00pm.

Call 787-977-2702 for more info

Guided tours are sometimes available. Just ask when you get there.

Located in the old Convento de los Dominicos (Dominican Convent) at San Jose Plaza

Museo de San Juan

Museo de San JuanFormerly known as Museo de Arte y Historia de San Juan (Museum of Art and History of San Juan), this building was built as a public market in 1855, and restored in 1979 as a cultural center. This museum has one wing that showcases the history of Puerto Rico. The other wing will house rotating exhibits. Beginning on December 15, 2007 the exhibit with give the history of the building as the Market Center in San Juan. Information is presented in Spanish, but a bi-lingual guide will help you interpret the pictures and information. Many concerts and festivals occur in the massive courtyard of this building through out the year.

Admission is free

Open Monday – Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm, and Saturday & Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm. Closed from 12noon to 1:00pm every day

Call 787-724-1875 or 787-723-4317 for more info

Located at 150 Norzagaray Street, facing the Atlantic Ocean, between the two forts.

Museo de la Heréncia Afircana (African Heritage Museum)

African Heritage MuseumThe museum features the story of slavery, and the affect of the African culture in shaping the Puerto Rico of today. The museum contains African artifacts, such as masks, tools and musical instruments. There are also photographs, maps and clothing of the African slaves, and later free-people, in Puerto Rico. This museum is all in Spanish, no English information available, but some interesting pictures and artifacts can be enjoyed by all.

Admission fee of $3.00 per person

Open Tuesday – Saturday 8:30am to 4:20pm

Call 787-724-4294 for more info

Located In San Jose Plaza, on the corner of San Sebastian and Cristo Streets.

Museo Casa Blanca

Museo Casa BlancaCasa Blanca was built in 1521 as the first "fort" in Old San Juan. This "strong-house" was lived in by the descendants of Ponce de León. It was used by the Spanish military, then later by the United States as a residence for military commanders until 1966. Today the mansion is a National Historic Monument. Part of the building has been refurnished with a valuable collection of furniture and decorative objects from the 16th -18th centuries. It depicts domestic life of a well-to-do family. One of the best parts of the facility is the large, cool gardens. It has many water features and lovely lush greens and beautiful views of the bay.

Admission fee for the museum is $3.00 for adults, and $2.00 for children. You can walk around in the gardens for free.

The museum is open, with guided tours, Tuesday – Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm. The gardens are open 7 day a week.

Call 787-725-1454 for more info

Located at the west end of San Sebastian Street

Museo del Niño

Museo del NiñoThis museum is a fun, air-conditioned stop for kids. It has 3 floors full of all sorts of interactive exhibits, from TV reporting, to caring for animals, to space exhibits — there is something for everyone. It is geared toward children under 15 years old. The information is all in Spanish, however there are personnel there to interpret and help you enjoy the exhibits.

Operating Hours: Open Tuesday – Thursday 10:00am to 3:30pm, Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm-5:30pm. Closed Mondays. Ticket window closes about 1-1.5 hrs before closing time. Summer hours (June 1-Aug 15): Tuesday- Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday ad Sunday- 12:00pm-5:00pm.

Admission fee is $7 for children ages 1 to 15, and $5 for adults.

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