Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in San Juan.

Museo Del Indio

Located on the first floor of the Cuartel de Ballaja, this museum showcases artifacts from several of the island's native cultures. Stone tools, pottery and instructive dioramas teach visitors about island life before the arrival of Columbus.

Old San Juan
La Casa del Libro
Photo courtesy of La Casa del Libro - KCana

[The museum is open at the temporary location at Callejon de la Capilla #199 during renovations.] Quartered in a restored 19th-century house, this cozy museum celebrates everything about the book. Over 4000 volumes teach visitors about printing...  Read More

Museo de Historia, Antropologia, y Arte

Located on the campus of the University of Puerto Rico, this museum seeks to present a balanced view of the history, archeology and fine arts of the island. Special exhibits highlight the indigenous inhabitants of Puerto Rico, the colonial era...  Read More

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's newest museum is a showplace. The neo-classical exterior features Spanish architectural flourishes. Inside, the history of the island's cultural heritage is explored through its paintings. Local artists are well represented,...  Read More

Old San Juan
Museo del Nino

The youngsters in your party will enjoy a visit to this excellent children's museum located in a 300-year-old colonial villa. Exhibits are hands-on and include an opportunity to talk to youth in other countries on a short-wave radio, a miniature...  Read More

Convento De Los Dominicos

On the north side of the old city, you'll find a convent originally built by Dominican Friars in 1523. Through the years it has served as a religious building, a fortress against Carib Indian raids and the island headquarters of the United...  Read More

Museo de Arte de Ponce

This famous museum, located in Ponce, houses an extensive collection of Puerto Rican and European art including works by Van Dyck, Reubens, Rodin, Delacroix and Gainsborough. Edward Durell Stone, the architect of New York City's Museum of Modern...  Read More

Spanish cellist Pablo Casals made his home in San Juan for about 17 years at the end of his long life. This museum is home to his cello, piano, photographs and other memorabilia of the great musician. A selection of videotapes of Casal's concerts can be played upon request.

This museum is located in an old Spanish troop barracks, the largest Spanish-built building in the Americas. All American cultures, genres and time periods are celebrated here with exhibits including archeological artifacts, handmade folk art,...  Read More

Old San Juan
Museo de San Juan

English and Spanish language tours are available at this museum located in what used to be a major San Juan marketplace. Paintings, sculptures and an important collection of santos are featured here. A documentary film shown every hour on the...  Read More

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