Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

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299 Avenida de Diego

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Located in the bustling Santurce neighborhood of San Juan, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico houses more than 1,000 artworks created by Puerto Ricans. The collection showcases pieces that date back to the 1600s and includes sculptures, photographs, paintings, drawings and more. The 24 exhibition galleries are housed across two wings. The west wing is a neoclassical building designed in the 1920s, while the east wing is a modern structure designed by Puerto Rican architects. The east wing also features a stained-glass piece by Eric Tabales called "Taíno Rising Sun."

Recent visitors raved about the museum and found that its exhibits helped them better understand the island's history and culture. Many also refer to the museum as a must-do activity and a pleasant way to pass the time. Others noted that though the museum is small, it displays an impressive collection of art.

The museum is located about 1 1/2 miles southeast of Condado Beach. The museum is open Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost about $6 for adults and $3 for kids; children younger than 5 can enter for free. There is free admission each Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. Currently, the museum's parking lot is closed, but spaces are available nearby at places like the Citadel of Santurce. You can also take the No. 5 bus to the museum. Visit the museum's website for more information and detailed parking information.

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