1 | Casa Rosa
Casa Rosa has quite a varied history. Built in 1812 as a military barracks, it was later reassigned as officer quarters by 1881.
The center of Old San Juan is a quarter mile (a half kilometer) east of this historical site.
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2 | Cultura Puertorriquena Museo
Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena is the official museum that houses all things of cultural significance in Puerto Rico, from performance and visual arts to science and history. The institute was created in 1955 with the sole purpose of preserving the culture of the island and continues to do so to this day.
Casa Rosa is located about a hundred yards (a couple hundred meters) to the south of this museum.
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3 | Ballaja Plaza
Make your way less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) from Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena to reach this park.
4 | Casa Blanca
Once the residence of the first governor of Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce de Leon, this White House is now a museum that presents life in Puerto Rico during the 1500's and the 1600's.
Found at 316 Calle Fortaleza, this museum is located about a hundred yards (a couple hundred meters) from Ballaja Plaza.
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5 | Museo de las Americas
This museum highlights the cultural and artistic achievements that the people of the Americas have made over the past several centuries. The museum includes the progress of the natives, settlers , and modern people from as far north as Alaska to the Southern tip of Argentina.
Make your way about a hundred yards (a couple hundred meters) from La Casa Blanca to find this museum, which is located on Norzagaray Street.
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6 | Plaza De Beneficencia
Travel less than a hundred yards (about a hundred meters) from Museo de las Américas to find this park.
7 | Ballaja Barracks
After years of being used as an army barracks building, the Ballaja Barracks was given to the government of Puerto Rico in 1976 to be used as a cultural and educational center. After several years of preparation and restoration, the Barracks opened to the public, hosting a museum, a number of educational programs, and more.
Make your way about a hundred yards (a couple hundred meters) from Plaza De Beneficencia to get to this historical site.
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8 | Plaza V Centenario
Go less than a hundred yards (about a hundred meters) from Ballaja Barracks to find this park, which is situated near the middle of downtown Old San Juan.
9 | Totem
Hard to miss, this giant native-style totem pole juts out of the ground and goes forty feet into the air. It was built in 1992 to commemorate the native culture, and has since then become a popular spot for photograph taking tourists and relaxing locals.
Found near the heart of downtown Old San Juan, this monument is located less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) from Plaza V Centenario.
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10 | Archbishop's Palace
You can find this historical site a short distance from Totem.
11 | Children's Museum
The Children's Museum in San Juan is a great place to take the island's youngest set to learn about a wide variety of subjects, from arts and science to history. There are plenty of fun hands on activities and exhibits that will get every child interested in learning.
Make your way a short distance from Archbishop's Palace to get to this museum, which is situated at 150 Calle Cristo.
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12 | Galeria Nacional Museum
At Galeria Nacional Museum, guests can view some of the most important and influential pieces of artwork created by Puerto Rican artists.
Make your way a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer) from Children's Museum to find this museum.
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13 | Museo de Nuestra Raiz Africana
Located in Casa del Contrefueras, Museo de Nustra Raiz Afrcana is a sociological look at how slavery played a role in the history of Puerto Rico. Visitors often comment on the pit they feel in their stomach as they tour the museum and learn of the horrendous time in history, but would recommend it as an honest and enlightening look at the subject of slavery.
This museum is located near the heart of downtown Old San Juan, and is less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) from Galeria Nacional Museum.
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14 | San Juan National Historic Site
The San Juan National Historic Site is the overarching Historic Zone that includes much of Old San Juan. Within the zone are the two main forts, Castillo San Cristobal and San Felipe del Morro, as well as several other historic sites.
Travel less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) from Museo de Nuestra Raiz Africana to get to this historical site.
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15 | Plaza Felisa Rincon De Gautier
Go a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer) from San Juan National Historic Site to find this park.
16 | Pablo Casals Museum
Pablo Casals was a popular cellist from Puerto Rico who changed the face of classical music. Lovers of the style will certainly not want to miss the opportunity to get into Casals head by touring his once home.
Guests can find this museum near the middle of downtown Old San Juan, a short distance from Plaza Felisa Rincon De Gautier.
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17 | Museum Of Our African Heritage
African slavery was an issue in Puerto Rico just as it was in the United States, much of Europe, and the Caribbean. Learn about how slavery affected Puerto Rico at the Museum of Our African Heritage.
Found at 319 Calle Fortaleza, this museum is a short distance from Pablo Casals Museum.
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18 | Cathedral of San Juan Bautista
The Cathedral is one of the oldest in the Americas, with construction started in 1521, less than thirty years after Christopher Columbus' first voyage. Since its final completion in 1529, mass has been held here and continues to be today.
This historical site is on the same premises as Cathedral Of San Juan Bautista, and is a couple hundred yards (a few hundred meters) from Museum Of Our African Heritage.
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19 | Casa De Los Dos Zaguanes
This historical site is on San José Street, and is a short distance from Cathedral of San Juan Bautista.
20 | Casa de los Contrafuertes
This old and large house was built in the early 1700's and is rich in the traditional Spanish Architecture. Today it is the location of a small museum features some history of pharmacies on the island, and an art gallery.
Go a short distance from Casa De Los Dos Zaguanes to find this historical site, which is located at 101 Calle San Sebastian.
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