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Museo de Arte e Historia de San Juan

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Address: 150 Calle Norzagaray, San Juan 00901-1124, Puerto Rico
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+1 787-480-3547

Exhibits fine art in the context of the island's history.

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Free! Small but interesting exhibit

The exhibit by Puerto Rican artist Arnaldo Roche is definitely worth seeing. It has some large works, and some smaller pieces, that are all of a similar abstract... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Lisa S
New York City, New York

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibit by Puerto Rican artist Arnaldo Roche is definitely worth seeing. It has some large works, and some smaller pieces, that are all of a similar abstract expressionist-figurative style. He uses primarily blue paint and wood on paper, and explores a lot of Catholic themes. The video at the entrance that shows him laying his canvas over cars to... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Museum of San Juan is in a lovely historic building next door to the National Gallery. It is supposed to have a great collection, but the day we visited (in early Feb) only one gallery was open. That gallery had a wonderful show by Puerto Rico artist Arnaldo Roche, but that was all. There was a guard in the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

8 sections with a different them in each. A focus on slavery and other topics. Right in Old San Juan

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We found the Museo in its spectacular building but there was only one section open a display of local children's work - we enjoyed it

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San Juan Metro Region, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Excellent for kids. Many activities to fool around with them and appreciate art. Empleados siempre dispuestos a ayudar.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

They currently have two exhibits, The book El Quijote De la Mancha and all the languages it has been translated to, And on at the other end of the building they have an exhibit of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language. Exhibits are free and good to kill an hour, specially if raining or to escape the heat. .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

I attended the annual Santos/Saints show where local artists exhibit their beautiful hand carved saints & 3 Kings statutes. Such beautiful craftsmanship. All in the interior courtyard with artists from all over the island and collectors searching for that special statute. This opportunity can't be missed because the artists compete among each other to see who does the best work.

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New York, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

At the time of my visit the museum had only two rooms open. But one of them held an excellent show, the Cortes chocolate company collection. The family that owns the company collects contemporary Caribbean art, and whoever picks the work has a great eye. The other room held an exhibit of prints by Marcos Irizarry. Though I admired the... More 

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Hudson, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

So many years living on the island, years ago. My husband remembers when his pediatrician was housed in this building back in the 60's! The collections are small, but so worth the tour, in particular if its scorching hot out. I was pleasantly surprised!!!

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Stafford, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015

We decided to tour the museum as we had a few extra hours between our hotel checkout time and our flight. We spent approximately 2 hours there with our teenagers. An art enthusiast could easily spend more. There was a wide variety of art styles and mediums and it was a great window into the culture and history of Puerto... More 

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