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Tourists are welcome to tour the on-site museum, which features historical documents and island memorabilia, as well as attend cultural productions such as plays and concerts put on by the center.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 visitors to this area of Puerto Rico will have easy site access during their time there. There is a good selection of hotels in the region within the vicinity of this historical site.

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

Spry vacationers might likely be charmed by the area because of the options for open-air activities. Historic site patrons with a keen interest in golf can do so at the nearest course, Fort Buchanan Golf Club. If playing a few rounds of golf doesn't excite you, think about checking out Escambrion Beach, which is the closest beach to Ateneo Puertorriqueño. Still, an additional selection of outdoor choices remain in the region. You will find plenty of indoor attractions within a reasonable distance. Not far away are another pair of interesting places nearby to visit--Olympic House and Spanish House.


Operating Hours

You should call the landmark in advance to find out their hours of operation.


For price of admission, call Ateneo Puertorriqueño beforehand to determine if they charge, and if so, how much.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (809) 722-4839

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico



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