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Puerto Rico Museum of ArtAcross the street from the Minil­las Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter in San­turce is the Puerto Rico Museum of Art.  Inau­gu­rated in the year 2000 by Gov­er­nor Pedro Roselló González, this is the home of some of Puerto Rico’s most mar­velous art.

The first floor is divided into two wings. On one side there are paint­ings, reli­gious art and wood carv­ings from the 17th to the 19th cen­tury. On the other there is more recent art from the 20th cen­tury.  There is also a small amphithe­ater, a restau­rant and a gift shop.

On the sec­ond floor there is a gallery with pieces from the later part of the 20th cen­tury and smaller gal­leries with itin­er­at­ing exhibits.

On the rear exte­rior of the build­ing there is a beau­ti­ful 2-acre sculp­ture gar­den with foun­tains, ponds, path­ways and rest areas.

The museum occu­pies a beau­ti­ful white neo­clas­si­cal build­ing that was restored to its orig­i­nal splen­dor dur­ing the later part of the 1980’s.  Orig­i­nally this struc­ture was built to house the San Juan Munic­i­pal Hos­pi­tal.  After that it served as the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion offices and was con­demned dur­ing most of the 1980’s.

Today the Puerto Rico Museum of Art is one of the youngest in Puerto Rico, but also one of the great­est and most beau­ti­ful. Admis­sion is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for chil­dren. For more infor­ma­tion call (787) 977‑6277.

 
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