Puerto Rican Culture Through ArtVisiting a museum in Puerto Rico is more than looking at a beautiful piece of art; it’s a time machine that allows you to understand an artist’s culture and their history. From paintings to photography, an artist provides those observing the art a lens into a different place and time, with the purpose of capturing a moment and evoking a certain feeling from observers. Take a break from the heat while taking a look into San Juan’s roots by planning a visit to the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico during your stay on the island.A relatively new museum, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico started construction in 1996, with their first exhibition showing in 1998 and their official opening in 2000. And, in 2011, the museum underwent construction, improving the already beautiful facade even further. The gorgeous exterior of the building is only rivaled by the hidden treasures inside.
Chu Aponte/FLICKRThe museum’s permanent collection boasts beautiful artwork from artists such as Isabel Bernal, Consuelo Gotay, José Meléndez Contreras, Rafael Ramirez, Jorge Zeno, and others. While the exhibits are small, it is diverse. There are collections from a number of Puerto Rican artists and in a number of mediums. Whether you prefer landscape photography, mixed media art, or still-life paintings, you’re bound to find something at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico that will resonate with you.In addition to the permanent collection, visitors can take a look at recent exhibitions – so be sure to check out their website before visiting! Some TripAdvisor reviewers recommend the guided tours in order to make the most out of your experience. The guides are incredibly knowledgeable about the artists, artwork, and historical significance of the work on display.If you are looking for other things to do in Puerto Rico in or near the museum, The facility also boasts a theater, as well as gorgeous gardens that you won’t want to miss! In addition to the gardens, outside of the museum, you can also enjoy a small koi fish pond and sculptures on display. You can also take a piece of local art and history when you visit the gift shop, which features high-end work from local artists for sale.Looking to check out more beautiful art while you’re visiting Puerto Rico?If you’re looking to soak up more culture and art while you’re in Puerto Rico, take a trip to the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo! The MAC was founded in 1984 by artists and benefactors who emerged to support art in its highest expression. Located in a gorgeous historical building, the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo features thematic exhibits, as well as temporary exhibits from both local and foreign artists. And don’t forget to check out their calendar of events while you’re visiting to see their many interdisciplinary activities – including poetry, concerts, and contemporary dance!