Ballaja Barracks

Photo Credit: © Harvey Barrison CC

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.

What to Expect

Because the Ballaja Barrackers were literally once an army barracks housing over a thousand soldiers and their families, this spot is of considerable historical relevance, even if you don't shop up for a tour of the museum or a live performance. Still, since you arrive, you may as well look around. The first floor houses a dance school, a music school, and a publishing house. The second floor is the location of El Museo de las Americas, the most popular attraction here, and the third floor is home to the State Office of Historic Conservation and the Puerto Rico Academy of the Spanish Language.

Set on three acres of land, the building itself takes up 7,700 meters and includes a vast and peaceful courtyard.

Staying Close

Ballaja Barracks is located in Old San Juan, so those staying in this part of Puerto Rico will be excited to have easy access to this historic attraction during their visit. While this location isn't packed wall-to-wall with tourists, you will still find a good selection of lodgings to choose from.

Hotels near Ballaja Barracks
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Hotel El Convento Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.2 km) SE
Villa Herencia B & B 0.2 mi. (0.2 km) SSE
Tree House in San Juan Hostel 0.2 mi. (0.2 km) E
The Caleta Guesthouse Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.2 km) SSE
The Gallery Inn Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.3 km) E
Hotel Plaza de Armas Old San Juan Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.1 km) SE
CasaBlanca Hotel Hotel -- --

Location and What's Nearby

Of course, one of the most exciting possibilities while spending some time exploring the area could be enjoying a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of Ballaja Barracks. Nono's Bar And Restaurant is an easy to come by sports bar and one of the quickest options for visitors here. It's just about a couple hundred yards away from this site's location, so stop in and place your order. Aureola Cafe Restaurant and El Sol De Mexicano are some of the additional dining options close-by where you could try a new dish and experience the Puerto Rico culture.


Contact Information

Location: Old San Juan, Puerto Rico



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