12 Best Museums In Puerto Rico (2023) – All You Need To Know

Puerto Rico’s museums cover an impressive range of forms and topics.

These museums compile the world’s histories, memories and cultures in beautiful buildings and sites.

Discovering museums is one of my favorite things to do on the island.

In this article, I will cover the 12 best museums in Puerto Rico:

 

1. Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR)

MAPR is the leading art museum on the island, showcasing, in 21 permanent exhibitions, the island’s top paintings, drawings, and sculptures. The museum also houses three temporary international exhibitions. 

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MAPR was originally built as a hospital, and became a museum in the 1990’s.

MAPR artworks range from the 17th century to the present. The permanent exhibitions cover 220 art pieces from 150 local artists. 

Here’s a video of the museum:

The museum is located in the artsy barrio of Santurce in San Juan (299 Avenida José de Diego, San Juan, 00909). 

For more information, visit the MAPR website.

 

2. Museo de Arte y Diseño de Miramar (MADMi)

MADMi highlights the architectural and stylistic transformations of the 20th century and its effects on the lives of the middle class in Puerto Rico. 

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MADMi is a charming museum located in San Juan’s Miramar neighborhood.

Mixing illustrations and household artifacts, MADMi has charmed visitors with its simplicity, style and functionality. 

Here’s a short video about MADMi:

MADMi is located in Santurce in San Juan (607 C. Cuevillas, San Juan, 00907).

For more information, visit the MADMi website.

 

3. Museo del Deporte de Puerto Rico

Museo del Deporte celebrates, remembers, and showcases the equipment, trophies, and mementos of the island’s elite players.

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Located in Guaynabo, the Museo del Deporte features Puerto Rico’s famous athletes and sports memorabilia.

The museum has a temporary exhibition on baseball legend Roberto Clemente filled with memorabilia from the Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh and the Roberto Clemente Foundation.  

Here’s a video showing the Museo del Deporte: 

Museo del Deporte is located in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico (Bulevar del Deporte # 3 Sector Bellomonte, Guaynabo, 00969).

For more information, call: (787) 731-4923

 

4. Museo del Niño de Carolina

Museo del Niño is a STEM-oriented museum designed for children and families to enjoy together. 

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Museo del Niño in Carolina is the place to take children interested in STEM.

Museo del Niño has two floors of indoor interactive play and learning exhibits. Outside, beautiful grounds for outdoor adventures. Including, Go-Karts, riverboat rides, and a petting zoo. 

Here’s a video showing the Museo de Niño’s: 

The museum is located in Carolina, Puerto Rico (C29J+GPG, Avenida Campo Rico intersección, Av. José Fidalgo Díaz, Carolina, 00982). 

This museum is located near one of the 30 Best Beaches In Puerto Rico, Carolina Beach.

For more information, visit the Museo de Niño’s website.

 

5. Museo Castillo Serrallés

Museo Castillo Serrallés invites visitors into the home and grounds (2.5 acres!) of the illustrious Serrallés family, founders of the Destilería Serrallés, known for its DonQ rum. 

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Museo Castillo Serrallés is one of the top attractions to visit in Ponce.

This 1930s mansion preserves the family’s original furniture, machines, and decor, with new external additions like the butterfly and Japanese garden.  

Here’s a video of Museo Castillo Serrrallés:

The museum is located in Ponce (Sector El Vigia, P.º De La Cruceta, Ponce, 00730).

For more information, visit the Museo Castillo Serralles website.

 

6. Museo Casa Blanca 

Built in 1521 for Juan Ponce de León, the first governor of Puerto Rico (and fountain of youth seeker), Casa Blanca is the oldest standing residence on the island.

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Museo Casa Blanca is a relaxing stop in Old San Juan that you can easily visit after touring El Morro.

Casa Blanca provides an intimate look into the lives of Juan Ponce de Leon’s family and over 500 years of history, strife, and change in Old San Juan.

Here’s a video of Casa Blanca:

Casa Blanca is located in Old San Juan (1 C. de San Sebastián, San Juan, 00926).

For more information, call: +1 (787) 725-1454 

 

7. Museo el Cemí

Museo el Cemí is an archeological history museum dedicated to the native Taíno people. 

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Museo el Cemí opened in the late 1980’s and showcases the history and culture of the native inhabitants of Puerto Rico, the Taíno.

The museum’s distinct form represents the cemí, a Taíno deity. Inside, guests will see a vast collection of Taíno artifacts and learn more about the history of the Taíno people of Puerto Rico. 

Here’s a video of the Museo Cemí: 

The museum is in Jayuya, Puerto Rico (6C5Q+V92, PR-144, Jayuya, 00664). 

For more information, call +1 (787) 828-4618

 

8. Museo de las Américas

Museo de las Américas is a history museum that offers a multidisciplinary and multicultural crash course of the Americas, emphasizing Puerto Rico.  

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Museo de las Américas is uniquely housed by an old army barrack in Old San Juan.

The museum has four permanent exhibitions exploring topics on art, African heritage, native influences, conquest, colonization, and societal evolution. 

Museo de las Américas is located in the Cuartel del Ballajá, an 1800s army barrack, in Old San Juan (C. Beneficencia, San Juan, 00926).

For more information, call: 1+ (787) 724-5052

 

9. Museo del Mar

Museo del Mar is a small maritime museum showcasing vintage nautical instruments, artifacts, documents, and model ships. 

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Museo del Mar in Old San Juan showcases vintage nautical items from around the world.

This hidden gem houses an interesting and beautiful collection of equipment. In fact, Museo del Mar has the largest life vest collection in the world. 

Here’s a short video of the Museo del Mar:

 
 
 
 
 
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The museum is in Old San Juan (​​360 San Francisco St, San Juan, PR 00901).

For more information, call: +1 (787) 977-4461

 

10. Fortín Conde de Mirasol

Fortín Conde de Mirasol encompasses the complete history of Vieques, from the Taínos to the Spanish conquest to its service as a US Navy base. 

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Fortín Conde de Mirasol in Vieques showcases the entire history of the island.

The Fortín (1845) is the last Spanish fort built in the Americas. Today, it serves as a reminder of Vieques‘ history and development. 

The museum is located on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico (4HW6+X92, Cll El Fuerte, Vieques, 00765). 

For more information, call: +1 (787) 741-1717

 

11. Parque de Bombas 

Parque de Bombas is a museum dedicated to the first fire station on the island. 

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Parque de Bombas in Ponce is one of the island’s most notable photo locations.

Since its construction in 1882, Parque de Bombas has served as an important Puerto Rican landmark. The museum preserves the original firetruck, equipment, and decor of the once-running 19th-century firehouse.

Here’s a video of the Parque de Bombas:

Parque de Bombas is located in the iconic Plaza Las Delicias in Ponce, Puerto Rico (296P+QG6 Plaza Las Delicias, Ponce, 00731). 

For more information, read our article Parque de Bombas – All You Need To Know.

 

12. Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte (MHAA)

The MHAA explores the art and anthropology of the Antilles through the visual arts and artifacts. 

MHAA is located in Rio Piedras inside of the island’s public university, UPR.

MHAA is the first legally established museum on the island and is celebrated for having one of the most diverse collections of Antillean works in the Caribbean. 

Here’s a short video showing part of an exposition:

 
 
 
 
 
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The museum is located in the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus (1903), the first public university on the island, in San Juan (6, 2526, 601 Av. Universidad, San Juan, 00925).

For more information, call: +1 (787) 763-3939

 

 

FAQ section

What are the two most important museums in Puerto Rico?

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) and Museo de las Américas are the two most important museums in Puerto Rico. These museums best represent Puerto Rican culture and heritage.

What is the best museum in San Juan?

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) is the best and most important museum in San Juan. MAPR collects Puerto Rico's finest art pieces and holds international collaboration through visiting exhibitions.

 

Final thoughts

Museums serve as the best platforms to explore and experience Puerto Rican culture. 

Fill out your itinerary! Visiting a museum is an excellent option for all parties and budgets. Whether staying in San Juan or venturing out, going to one of these museums should be top of your list. 

Do you need help planning your itinerary? Read our article How To Spend A Week In Puerto Rico (7-Day Itinerary).

Also, if you are looking for fun activities, then check out our article 45 Best Things To Do In Puerto Rico.

Article by

Cristina Rosa

Writer at PuertoRico.com. I was born and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. I know all the ins and outs of the island. For 22 years, I’ve tasted, seen, experienced, and explored most of Puerto Rico’s gems. I still have many road trips planned for all of the things that I’ve yet to experience in Puerto Rico.

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