San Juan Landmarks

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For a collection of what is considered to be the most important landmarks in Puerto Rico, it is the three square mile district of Old San Juan within the greater San Juan area that tourists turn to.  Here there are numerous museums, historic buildings, and more than one military fort to be explored.  

Museums

Bacardi Rum Plant

Assuming you enjoy learning about other places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation. To obtain complete information regarding each museum, just click on the name.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Museo de Arte Contemporaneo. It is Condado District, in northern San Juan. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Attractions Map

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Felisa Rincon de Gautier Museum. It is Old San Juan, in western San Juan. Felisa Rincón de Gautier Museum is filled with the original furnishings of the property's former resident, as well as a wealth of memorabilia. This includes photographs with important figures, 212 plaques, 11 honorary doctorates, 113 symbolic keys to cities around the United States, and more.

Museum Of Art Of Puerto Rico: The Museum of Art of Puerto Rico is the premier visual arts museum on the island. Housed inside the museum is a collection of over 1,100 pieces of art work, all created by Puerto Rican artists.

The following chart enables you to get more information about some available museums in the area.

Museums In San Juan
Name Phone Location
Bacardi Rum Plant (787) 788-8400 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Old San Juan
Children's Museum (787) 722-3791 Old San Juan
Convent of the Dominican Order (787) 721-6866 Old San Juan
Ecourbano (787) 792-2252 1.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Juan
El Arsenal De La Marina: Gallery (787) 723-3068 Old San Juan
Felisa Rincon de Gautier Museum (787) 724-7239 Old San Juan
Galeria Nacional Museum (787) 725-2670 Old San Juan
Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena -- Old San Juan
La Casa Blanca (787) 725-3436 Old San Juan
Museo Felisa Rincaan de Gautier (787) 723-1897 Old San Juan
Museo Tower (787) 725-6363 1.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Juan
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (787) 977-4030 0.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central San Juan
Museo de Arte e Historia de San Juan (787) 724-1875 Old San Juan
Museo de Artes Populares -- Old San Juan
Museo de Nuestra Raiz Africana (787) 724-4294 Old San Juan
Museo de arte de Puerto Rico (787) 977-6277 ext. 2241 or 2262 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central San Juan
Museo de las Américas (787) 724-5052 Old San Juan
Museo del Deporte Guaynabo (787) 731-4923 0.9 mi. North of Central Guaynabo
Museum Of Art Of Puerto Rico (787) 977-6277 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central San Juan
Museum Of Our African Heritage (787) 724-4294 Old San Juan
Museum of History, Anthropology and Art (787) 763-3939 Rio Piedras, Central San Juan
Pablo Casals Museum (787) 723-9185 Old San Juan

Historical Sites

Ateneo Puertorriqueño

If you like to learn about the historical roots of a foreign country, you might want to visit one or two of these historical attractions while on vacation in San Juan.

A common landmark for vacationers is Plaza San Juan Bautista. It is Viejo San Juan, in northwestern San Juan. Once used as a parade route for Spanish Troops, now Plaza San Juan Bautista is now a National Historic Landmark where visitors can view a number of historic buildings and sculptures.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Ateneo Puertorriqueño. It is Viejo San Juan, in northwestern San Juan. 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.

San Juan National Historic Site: San Juan National Historic Site is open to the public daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Take a look at the table below to read more about historic sites in San Juan.

Historic Sites In San Juan
Name Phone Location
Archbishop's Palace -- Old San Juan
Ateneo Puertorriqueño (809) 722-4839 0.5 mi. East of Old San Juan
Ballaja Barracks -- Old San Juan
Casa De Los Dos Zaguanes (787) 724-5477 Old San Juan
Casa Ramon Power y Giralt (787) 722-5834 Old San Juan
Casa Rosa -- Old San Juan
Casa de los Contrafuertes (787) 724-5477 Old San Juan
Cathedral of San Juan Bautista (787) 725-5550 Old San Juan
Fort San Cristóbal (787) 729-6777 0.5 mi. East-Northeast of Old San Juan
Fort San Juan de la Cruz -- 1.3 mi. West of Old San Juan
Fort de San Filipe del Morro (787) 729-6777 0.6 mi. Northwest of Old San Juan
Fuerte San Geronimo -- 1.8 mi. Northwest of Central San Juan
La Fortaleza (787) 721-7000 Old San Juan
La Princesa Promenade -- Old San Juan
Paseo De Morro -- Old San Juan
Plaza San Juan Bautista (831) 623-4526 0.7 mi. East of Old San Juan
Red Palace -- Old San Juan
San Juan Gate -- Old San Juan
San Juan National Historic Site (787) 729-6960 Old San Juan
Spanish House -- 0.6 mi. East of Old San Juan

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Raices Fountain

Guests can enjoy some other interesting places to visit in this area.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Raices Fountain. It is Old San Juan, in western San Juan. One of the most romantic spots in Old San Juan, Raices Fountain is an important testimant to the cultures that built the island of Puerto Rico and made it the melting pot that it is today. Designed by architect Miguel Carlo and completed in May of 1992, this fountain honors the island's heritage.

Many travelers also choose to visit Totem. It is Old San Juan, in northwestern San Juan. 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.

Caballito del Mar: Created by local artist Jose Ignacio Morales, this tall seahorse stands against the city for all walking along the Bahia Urbana to appreciate.

Some of the other kinds of landmarks in this area. are provided in the following chart.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In San Juan
Name Type Location
Bahia Urbana Scenic Trail 0.7 mi. East of Old San Juan
Caballito del Mar Monument 0.6 mi. East of Old San Juan
Raices Fountain Monument Old San Juan
Totem Monument Old San Juan

Fortunately, San Juan offers other attractions. Click this link to check out our extended discussion of other interesting attractions for San Juan.

 

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