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.
Assuming you enjoy expanding your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation. To learn additional information concerning each museum, just click on the name.
An interesting landmark worth visiting is Museo de Arte Contemporaneo. It is Condado District, in northern San Juan. There are over 900 pieces of art work in the permanent collection at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, but only a small fraction of that is put on display at any one time. This, coupled with a number of rotating exhibits keeps the museum fresh and worth visiting during each trip to Puerto Rico.
If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Felisa Rincon de Gautier Museum. It is Old San Juan, in western San Juan. The first woman to be elected mayor of San Juan was Dona Felisa Rincon. She served between the years of 1946 and 1968, and not only blazed trails for women to follow, but is an important icon to all Puerto Ricans.
Museum Of Art Of Puerto Rico: The collection of artwork begins with works created in the 17th century and continue on through to the works of today. Mediums run the gamut, including print work, photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, and new media.
The chart right below provides you with some details regarding some museums to consider in San Juan.
|Children's Museum||(787) 722-3791||Old San Juan|
|Convent of the Dominican Order||(787) 721-6866||Old San Juan|
|(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) 723-1897||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|
|(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||1.4 mi. 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|
If you enjoy exploring the history of foreign countries, you should consider visiting a few of these historical attractions while vacationing in San Juan.
One popular destination is Plaza San Juan Bautista. It is Viejo San Juan, in northwestern San Juan. Located within Plaza San Juan Bautista is the Plaza Hotel, Jose Castro House, and the San Juan Bautista Church. Tourists who visit this site will be able to see a great example of how villages were laid out during the 19th century Spanish colonial area.
Another landmark that often intrigues visitors 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.
Be sure to look through this table to see historic sites in San Juan.
|--||Old San Juan|
|Ateneo Puertorriqueño||(809) 722-4839||0.5 mi. East of Old San Juan|
|Ballaja Barracks||--||Old San Juan|
|(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|
|--||Old San Juan|
|--||0.5 mi. East of Old San Juan|
|Paseo De Morro||--||Old San Juan|
|Plaza San Juan Bautista||(831) 623-4526||0.7 mi. East of Old San Juan|
|--||Old San Juan|
|San Juan Gate||--||Old San Juan|
|San Juan National Historic Site||(787) 729-6960||Old San Juan|
|--||0.6 mi. East of Old San Juan|
Visitors will experience some other interesting places worth visiting in San Juan.
A common landmark for vacationers 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. It is Viejo San Juan, in northwestern San Juan. Walk along the Southern Side of Old San Juan on this scenic trail that stands as a testament to the economic and cultural power of Puerto Rico. Here you will find sculptures, monuments, and other art, as well as restaurants, stores, water activities, and ever changing live entertainment.
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.
Other kinds of landmarks in San Juan are shown in the table below.
|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|
If you would prefer having a wider variety of points of interest beyond what's offered on this page, you can look farther afield. For a more detailed look at other attractions, see this page.
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