Ateneo Puertorriqueño

Photo credit: © J Ortiz Rosario

Founded in 1876, Ateneo Puertorriqueño is the oldest and one of Puerto Rico's most important cultural institutions. It began as the first center for higher learning on the island, where some of the brightest minds have free lectures on the arts, and evolved into the center is it today featuring a school, library, museum, and performance hall.


Tourists are welcome to tour the on-site museum, which features historical documents and island memorabilia, as well as attend cultural productions such as plays and concerts put on by the center. The main goal of Ateneo Puertorriqueño is to promote the arts amongst Puerto Ricans, so much of the facilities offerings are geared towards locals.

Staying Close

You may enjoy staying on Viejo San Juan if you plan on visiting Ateneo Puertorriqueño, since those visiting this area of Puerto Rico will be pleased to have easy access to this historic attraction during their visit. Although the region isn't a massive tourist destination, you will still find a reasonably good selection of hotel options to pick from.

Hotels near Ateneo Puertorriqueño
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) SW
Cervantes Hotel Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.4 km) WSW
Chateau Cervantes Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) SW
Da House Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.4 km) W
The Pineapple Inn Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.3 km) W
Fortaleza Guest House Guest house 0.3 mi. (0.3 km) W
Hotel Milano Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.3 km) W

Location and What's Nearby

Active travelers will likely be charmed by the area because of the ample availability of outdoor activities. Historic site patrons with a keen interest in golf will be pleased to learn of the closest golf course to the museum, Fort Buchanan Golf Club. If you don't take a whole lot of pride in your golf game, additional outdoor opportunities can still be found at Escambrion Beach, which is the closest beach to Ateneo Puertorriqueño. And, at least two other golf and beach attractions stand in the surrounding area. You will also find a variety of interesting places out of the sun in this general area. Without going too far, you can find two additional attractions--Olympic House and Spanish House.


Operating Hours

The operating hours for the historic site aren't readily available, meaning that your group's smartest chance at success is calling ahead of time to ensure the property is going to be operating during the time you and your group intend to visit.


If you need to know the price of admission, call Ateneo Puertorriqueño before your visit to find out how much, or if they charge.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (809) 722-4839

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico



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