San Juan’s most important cultural institution, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (Museum of Art of Puerto Rico) was established in 2000. The museum’s core is a neoclassical building dating to 1920 that once belonged to the city’s hospital, with a more recent addition housing a theater and space for temporary exhibitions.
The collection here stretches from religious art and portraiture of the 17th century to cutting edge contemporary pieces. Seeing how local artists have reacted to foreign influences to create something unique to the island makes for a fascinating journey.
There is also an excellent sculpture garden where you’ll find works from 15 different local artists in lovingly landscaped surrounds, featuring waterfalls, ponds and a huge range of plants.
The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico is in San Juan’s Santurce district; buses A5 and B21 stop right outside.