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.
If you enjoy expanding your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation. To obtain detailed information about each museum, you can click on the name.
One popular destination 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.
Many travelers also choose to visit Felisa Rincon de Gautier Museum. It is Old San Juan, in western San Juan. Visitors are invited to tour the property from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Museum Of Art Of Puerto Rico: On Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, the museum is open from 10:00am until 5:00pm. On Wednesday and Thursday, is is open from 10:00am until 8:00pm.
The chart just below enables you to learn a few details regarding some available museums 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) 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|
|(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|
In case you enjoy experiencing the historical roots of foreign countries, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical sites during your stay.
If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit 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. Tourists are welcome to tour the on-site museum, which features historical documents and island memorabilia, as well as attend cultural productions such as plays and concerts put on by the center. The main goal of Ateneo Puertorriqueño is to promote the arts amongst Puerto Ricans, so much of the facilities offerings are geared towards locals.
San Juan National Historic Site: Located on the grounds of the San Juan National Historic Site are two forts that once protected San Juan as well as powder houses, bastions, and walls. Guests are welcome to tour the property with the rangers who give hourly orientation presentations that last about 20 minutes, or take a self-guided tour.
Check out the chart below for information concerning sites of historical interest 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 intriguing local landmarks in San Juan.
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.
If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, 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.
The other types of landmarks in this area. are shown in the following chart.
|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|
Keep in mind, San Juan includes additional attraction types. To read our full guide to other attractions, visit this page.
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