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

Those wishing to visit Ballaja Barracks may choose to book their trip in Old San Juan, as those staying in this part of Puerto Rico will be excited to have easy access to this historic attraction during their visit. There is a fair selection of lodgings around the area surrounding Ballaja Barracks.

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

If you've worked up an appetite exploring the area and checking out this site, you're in luck, as you'll find a concentration of dining possibilities within traveling distance. Nono's Bar And Restaurant is an easy to reach sports bar and also the closest restaurant. The restaurant is maybe around a couple hundred yards from this landmark, so stop in and enjoy a meal. Also within reach, you'll encounter eateries including Aureola Cafe Restaurant and El Sol De Mexicano so with any luck, at least one of these nearby eateries will satisfy the whole entire group.


Contact Information

Location: Old San Juan, Puerto Rico



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