Museo de Arte de Ponce

#9 in Best Things To Do in Puerto Rico
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2325 Ave Las Americas, Ponce

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Atmosphere

Following an extensive renovation, Museo de Arte de Ponce reopened in 2010 boasting a bigger space and a larger art collection. Today, the museum houses more than 4,500 works from Europe, Africa and the Americas dating back to as early as the 14th century. During its brief hiatus, the museum lent 125 items from its permanent collection to 15 museums across nine countries, where it was admired by countless visitors. At home in the Puerto Rican city of Ponce — along the island's southern coast — the collection is particularly beloved for its blend of European baroque works, Victorian paintings and Puerto Rican folk art.

Recent travelers loved the variety within the collection and raved about the museum's intuitive, easy-to-follow organization. Others found the museum's setting perfect for a bit of R&R.

The museum is open Wednesday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; it is closed on Tuesday. Adult admission costs $6, while seniors and children 12 and younger can get in for $3. Museum de Arte de Ponce offers daily guided tours (included in the admission price) in both English and Spanish at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit the museum's website for more information. 

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