Museo Casa Blanca, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Museo Casa Blan­ca, San Juan, Puer­to Rico

Fort El Mor­ro: is at the top of the hill of Old San Juan. At the oth­er end of Norza­garay Street is the San Cristo­bal Fort, walk between the two forts, along the road at the top.   If you have a choice, see them on two dif­fer­ent days.

Castil­lo San Felipe del Mor­ro: Built between 1539 and 1589, with lat­er expan­sions, ris­es 140 feet above the sea, look­ing over the entrance to San Juan Har­bour, the fort is a maze of tun­nels, dun­geons, bar­racks, and canon ramps.    It con­sists of 74 acres of grounds and fort.   Open 9 am to 5 pm.

Castil­lo San Cristo­bal: was built in the 1700’s, one of the largest defense sys­tems ever built in the Amer­i­c­as.    Guid­ed tours are avail­able Tues­day, Thurs­day and Fri­days at 10, 11 am and 2 and 3 pm. You can wan­der around the mazes and tun­nels on your own, 9 am to 6 pm.   tel. 729‑6754.

Near the El Morro fort are the following museums:

Domini­can Con­vent: built by Domini­can fri­ars in 1523.   Hous­es a small chapel muse­um. 98 Norza­garay St.   Open dai­ly 8 am to 4:30 pm   tel. 721‑6866

Museo de Las Amer­i­c­as, ‘Bal­la­ja’, sev­er­al dif­fer­ent exhibits on the sec­ond floor, some chang­ing, Cul­tures of North, Cen­tral and South Amer­i­ca.   Large build­ing with court­yard. Closed Mon­day.   Art films down­stairs in the evenings. 10 to 4 week­days & 11 to 5 week­ends.   tel. 724‑5052, 723‑4481

Museo de Arte y His­to­ria de San Juan: Con­tem­po­rary Puer­to Rican sculp­ture and clay, paint­ings and in impres­sive exhib­it of hand carved ‘San­tos’.   150 Noraza­garay Street. Closed Sat­ur­day and Sun­day. 8 am to 4:30 pm.   tel. 724‑1875

Museo del Indio: Pho­to­graph­ic exhibits of indige­nous peo­ple, arti­facts, tools and stone carv­ings.   First floor of Insti­tute of Cul­ture Norza­garay Street. 9 am to 4:30 pm.   tel. 724‑0700 ext. 4223

African Her­itage Muse­um:   On the San Jose Plaza, San Sebas­t­ian Street.   tel. 724‑4294

Pablo Casals Muse­um: on the San Jose Plaza.   Orig­i­nal man­u­scripts of his work, his cel­lo and piano.   Closed Sun­day and Mon­day. 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.   tel. 723‑9185 $1.

Walking down the cobble stoned Cristo Street:

Casa Blan­ca Muse­um: built in 1521 by the fam­i­ly of Ponce de Leon, who lived in it for 250 years.   It is now a his­tor­i­cal muse­um with 2 sec­tions, one of the Taino Indi­ans and one of the his­to­ry of the house.   Closed Mon­days.   tel. 725‑1454, 724‑4102

Muse­um of Fel­i­ca Rin­con de Gau­ti­er:   For­mer home of first woman May­or of San Juan.   Pho­tographs, elab­o­rate wigs, fans, keys to cities. 51 Cale­ta Street.   Closed Sat­ur­day and Sun­day. Open 9 am to 4 pm.    tel. 723‑1897

La For­t­aleza ( the gov­er­nors man­sion) is open to the pub­lic on a lim­it­ed basis, most­ly the grounds.

Casa del Libro: Muse­um and Library with rare books and man­u­scripts, includ­ing two roy­al man­dates ( signed by Fer­di­nan and Isabela) con­cern­ing the pro­vi­sion­ing of Colum­bus’s sec­ond voy­age, in which Puer­to Rico was dis­cov­ered.   Cristo Street. 11 am to 4:30 pm closed Sun­day and Mon­day.   tel. 723‑0354

Casa de la Famil­ia Puer­toriqueña:    tel. 977‑2700

Casa Ramon Pow­er y Giralt: Restored home in which the Puer­to Rico Con­ser­va­tion Trust has a small exhib­it about crit­i­cal envi­ron­men­tal con­cerns.   10 am- 4 pm, closed Sun­day and Mon­day.   tel. 722‑5834

Casa de los Con­tra­fuertes:   Chang­ing exhibits of Latin Amer­i­can Prints.   Closed Mon­day and Tues­day. 9 am to 4:30 pm   tel. 724‑5477

Casa de Los Zaguanes: ( two foy­ers) 8 am to 4 pm.   Closed Sat­ur­day and Sun­day    tel. 724‑5477

Casa Rosa­da:   Built in 1812, Gov­ern­ment tourist office with brochures, maps and a wel­come cock­tail.   Open dai­ly 8 am to 5 pm   tel. 724‑1454 $2.

La Casita: ( lit­tle yel­low build­ing by the water­front) Gov­ern­ment tourism office, brochures, maps, free cock­tail.  Open late dai­ly, hours vary.   tel. 722‑1709

Greater San Juan

Museo de Arte de Puer­to Rico: De Diego Ave.   San­turce, Puer­to Rico’s’ most trea­sured works of art, includ­ing Fran­cis­co Oller and Jose Campeche.   The­ater, restau­rant and sculp­ture gar­dens.   Closed Mon­day. Open 10 am to 5 pm, lat­er on Wednes­day nights,   tel. 977‑6277 $5.  Nice restaurant.

Museo de Arte Con­tem­po­ra­no: on Ponce de Leon ave. at stop 18. San­turce. New muse­um with very good exhibits by Puer­to Rican and Latin Amer­i­can con­tem­po­rary artists.    tel. 977−4030÷31

Muse­um of His­to­ry, Anthro­pol­o­gy and Art at the Uni­ver­si­ty of PR, main cam­pus in Rio Piedras: His­to­ry, arche­ol­o­gy and fine arts.   tel. 764‑3939

The Botan­i­cal Gar­dens are some­what near the Uni­ver­si­ty and have a sculp­ture gar­den, many paths and areas plant­ed with exot­ic plants and flowers.

Beyond Inner San Juan

Luis Muñoz Marin Foun­da­tion ( Tru­jil­lo Alto)   tel. 755‑7979

Casa Museo Dr. Jose Cel­so Bar­bosa (Baya­mon)   tel. 786‑8115

Casa Jesus T. Piñero ( Canovanas)   tel. 977‑2700

Caparra Ruins His­tor­i­cal Muse­um and Park (Guayn­abo)    tel. 781‑4795

Around the Island, Near San Juan

Museo de Arte de Caguas:    tel. 744‑8833

Casa Alon­so Muse­um of Art, His­to­ry & Cul­ture:    (Vega Baja) tel. 858‑7113

Museo y Cen­tro de Estu­dios Human­is­ti­cos de La Uni­ver­si­dad del Turabo:   (Gurabo) tel. 743‑7979

Casa Luis Muñoz Rivera:   (Bar­ran­quitas:)  tel. 857‑0230

Really Out on the Island

Museo de Arte de Ponce:    tel. 848‑0505

Ponce His­to­ry Muse­um: is a love­ly, restored, ‘art nou­veau’ style home with lots of stained glass and a bath­tub carved out of one piece of local mar­ble.    His­to­ry exhibits are all in Spanish.

Castil­lo Ser­ralles Muse­um:   (Ponce) tel. 259‑1770

Music Muse­um: (Ponce) tel. 848‑7016

Museo de la Masacre:  (Ponce) tel. 844‑9722  :  tel. 840‑4115

Cen­tro Cer­e­mo­ni­al Indígena de Cagua­na:  (Utu­a­do) tel. 894‑7300

Coamo Muse­um: tel. 825‑1150

Casa Cau­tiño Muse­um:   (Guaya­ma) tel. 864‑9083

Guaya­ma Fine Arts Muse­um:   Unique fine­ly carved gourd exhibit.

Por­ta Coeli Reli­gious Art Muse­um:    (San Ger­man) tel. 892‑5845

Dr. Juan A. Rivero Zoo:  (Mayaguez)  tel. 832‑6330. Birds, mon­keys, lions, tigers, giraffes, rep­tiles and amphib­ians.  clos­es 3:30 pm and closed Mon­days and Tuesdays.

Trop­i­cal Agri­cul­tur­al Research Sta­tion: (Mayaguez)    tel. 831‑3435. week­days to 4 pm

Museo Fort Conde del Mira­sol:  (Vieques Island) tel. 741‑1717    Art & arti­facts exhibits,  great views of Isabel II.

Light­house Muse­um: (Vieques Island)

His­tor­i­cal and Con­ser­va­tion Trust:   (Vieques Island) Nature ori­ent­ed.   Small fish tanks.   tel. 741‑8850.