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Tourists are welcome to tour the on-site museum, which features historical documents and island memorabilia, as well as attend cultural productions such as plays and concerts put on by the center.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

Consider 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 convenient access to the historical site during their time there. Despite the fact that this location isn't over-crowded, you'll still find a reasonably varied selection of lodging options to pick from.

Hotels near Ateneo Puertorriqueño
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel and Casino 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

Lively vacationers will additionally be engaged by the area because of the ample availability of open-air activities. Historic site visitors who would also like to work on their golf game should consider going to the closest course, Fort Buchanan Golf Club. Uneventful hours can also be filled with time at Escambrion Beach, the closest beach. However, multiple outdoor options remain in the vicinity. Historic site guests will also find multiple interesting places out of the sun in this general vicinity. You'll find a pair of attractions -Olympic House and Spanish House- both of which are found within just a couple miles of the historic site.


Operating Hours

Call their number ahead to get their operating hours.


Arrive at this institution with plans to give over the total cost of admission, which you can nail down by phoning in advance.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (809) 722-4839


Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico


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