San Juan Museum

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San Juan Museum. Click on image to see it larger.

San Juan Museum. Click on image to see it larger.

A few steps to the east on Norzagaray Street is the San Juan Museum  “El Museo de San Juan”, a beautiful colonial structure painted mustard and light yellow with white trimming that’s located immediately after the Dominican Convent “Convento de los Dominicos”.

The building was inaugurated on January 18, 1857 as the colonial city’s farmer’s market.  After the US invasion in 1898, the building became a military warehouse during World War II.  After the war ended, the building returned to its original function and later on became the home of the now defunct “División de la Comunidad”, which promoted socio-educational and cultural events.

In 1979 it became the San Juan Museum.  In 1989, the building was severely damaged by Huracane Hugo and became an abandoned structure.  On September 28, 1993 the building was reopened as the San Juan Museum.

The museum has an interactive exhibition that covers over 500 years of San Juan and Puerto Rican history.  It also presents itinerating exhibits and frequently stages events at its beautiful center courtyard.  The museum is open Tuesday thru Sundays, from 9:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon.  For more information, please call 787-723-4317.

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