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Arts & Museums
Refurbished in 1992, in time for the celebration of Columbus' discovery of the Americas in 1492, the Cuartel de Ballajá was once a military barracks. Today, it houses the Museum of the Americas where crafts and other exhibits detail the cultures of the Americas. Exquisite colonial architecture provides a handsome backdrop for the cultural events often celebrated in the building's central patio. Admission is free.
At One Calle de San Sebastián, this colonial house was built as the residence of Juan Ponce de León, the island's first appointed governor. While he never actually lived there, his family resided in the house before the government purchased it for restoration. The residence features beautiful gardens and exquisite colonial architecture. A museum is now housed in the building and it is definitely worth a visit.
Established in 1992 by Dr. Ricardo E. Alegría, Museo de las Américas is a landmark in the heart of Old San Juan. Popular among locals and tourists to the city, it chronicles the local heritage and culture, as well as external influences over the centuries. Take a guided tour of the place that shelters four exhibition spaces. Admire folk art at Artes Populares in depictions of religion, lifestyle and pottery of the Americas and the Caribbean. La Herencia African highlights the history and topography of Africa and its impact. Another attraction is the sculptures of aboriginals by Felipe Lettersten, a Swedish-Peruvian artist. End with the Conquista y Colonización that traces the trajectory of the national growth. This museum also offers workshops for visitors of all ages.
This museum is a memorial to the life of the late Felisa Rincón de Gautier, who served as the first female mayor of San Juan, from 1946 to 1968. The museum is located in Doña Felisa's former home, where one can view photographs, her honorary degrees and awards and a collection of keys to cities, worldwide. Here, you will also find samples of her extensive wardrobe, outrageous wigs and elegant accessories. Known as Doña Fela, this beloved lady impacted Puerto Rican history by her dedication and efforts to improve the lives of the local people.
Located on Calle de San Sebastián, this small museum is devoted to the life and music of the loved and famous Catalan cellist, Pablo Casals. Although not Puerto Rican by birth, he was loved dearly by the locals here. Casals is known for his lifetime friendship with the late Puerto Rican governor, Luis Muñoz Marín. His life is now remembered in the yearly 'Festival Casals'. Casals' memorabilia, CDs, tapes and videos are available in the gift shop.
Built in 1812 as barracks for the troops assigned to guard the San Agustin Bastion, this building was later converted to an officers' quarters in 1851 by the Spanish Army. The building was then remodeled to serve as a museum for Puerto Rican crafts.
Located on Calle Cristo, the Museo del Niño (The Kids Museum) is designed to appeal to and inspire children. However, it is both fun and educational for the entire family. Plan on several hours to tour the entire facility. Located in the heart of Old San Juan, this museum offers interactive activities and presentations in both English and Spanish. Charming street scenes of Old San Juan, all built to size and complete with hopscotch courts, give the kids a place to call their own.
Located in the heart of Old San Juan on Calle Cristo, Fossil Arte has developed exhibits that include the beauty of anthropology. Real fossils taken from the soil of the island are used as raw material by artist and archeologist Radames Rivera. In doing so, he creates pieces of spellbinding rugged beauty in which the natural beauty hidden in nature is brought out by the artist's imagination. Paintings, sculptures, etchings, silk-screens, lithographs and many other types of art fill the rooms. Other local and international artists exhibit their work here as well.
Located on Calle Cristo, this well-established gallery is one of the most recognized art houses in the Old City, with a huge selection of exquisite work ranging from period painting to modern pieces. Both local and international artists are represented here. The tremendous amount of variety is the real drawing card at Atlas Art.
Located in the Hato Rey financial district, this gallery features original artwork by several local painters and sculptors. The space is pristine and minimally decorated; the only items that interfere with the white-on-white decor are the paintings. These are often -- though not always -- vividly colored. The gallery does not stick with any specific artistic movement; styles vary dramatically according to the artist. Featured painters include Myrna Baez and Lorenzo Homar. Featured sculptors include Jaime Suarez and Nestor Oterro.
Love to read? Located on Calle Cristo, check out this tiny museum which offers exhibitions related to books and printing. The museum has a collection of vintage books from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. Take in the history of book printing on the island and take note of the very curious and primitive printing tools discovered by local historians.
Art lovers can find Frank Meisler's latest exquisite sculpture at this Old San Juan gallery. The most discriminating patrons have recognized his works worldwide. Luckily, you can view his work first hand at this gallery,and if you choose to acquire a piece, the gallery will gladly organize safe packing and shipping.