CasaBlanca Hotel - Museum Information

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Just a few of our beautiful island of Puerto Rico's museums


CASA BLANCA (White House)

Located on the west end of San Sebastian Street Built in 1521, Casa Blanca was the first “fort” in Old San Juan. Ponce de Leon’s descendents called this “strong-house” home before it was used by the Spanish military, then by the US as a residence for military commanders until 1966. This mansion has a National Historic Monument ranking and parts of now been refurnished to include a valuable collection of furniture and objects d’art from the 16-18th the grandeur of the times and enjoy the lovely gardens, fountains, & lovely view of the bay.

Admission is FREE for both guided tours & the gardens.

Hours of Operation Wednesday – Sunday 8:30-12:00 & 1:00 – 4:00 for guided tours.

Gardens are open 7 days a week 8:30-4:30. Call 787-725-1454 for info.

MUSEO del NINO (The Children’s Museum)

150 Calle de Cristo, behind the park & across the street from the Cathedral. Geared towards kids under 15, this museum is a favorite. They have 3 air-conditioned floors of fun, interactive exhibits like TV Reporting, space exploration, even caring for animals. The staff is friendly and helpful, and all information is bi-lingual.

Admission fee is $7 for children ages 1 to 14, and $5 for adults.

Open Tuesday – Thursday 10:00am to 3:30pm, Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Saturday

& Sunday 12:00pm-5:30pm. Closed Mondays. Ticket window closes about 1-1.5 hrs

before closing time. Call 787-722-3791 for more info.


GALERIA NACIONAL (National Gallery)

Located in the old Convento de los Dominicos (Dominican Convent) at San Jose Plaza. -century convent & museum contains galleries of works by numerous Puerto This 16th Rican masters such as Jose Campeche y Francisco Oller, and others from the 18th centuries. Sometimes they also offer guided tours, just ask when you get there.

Admission fee is $2 for children and $3 for adults.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 9:30am to 5:00pm, closed from 12noon -1pm for lunch. Call

787-725-2670 for more info.



MUSEA de las AMERICAS (Museum of the Americas)

Located on the 2nd Floor of the El Cuartel Ballaja, which is across from El Morro. Museum of the Americas is dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting artifacts reflecting the rich, artistic cultural history of the Americas. They offer both permanent & temporary exhibits, from ancient to contemporary times. Be sure to check out the Santos de Puerto Rico and Indians in the Americas displays. Bi-lingual.

Admission $3 per person, children under 12 years and seniors $2.

Open Tuesday – Saturday 9:00am-12 noon, 1pm- 4:00pm, Sunday 12am – 5pm and

Closed Monday. Call 787-724-5052 for more info.


EL ARSENAL (The Arsenal)

El Arsenal is located on Puntill Street, behind the Customs House. This naval station-turned-museum was built in 1800 and was home to the Spanish military following the Spanish-American War. History buffs will enjoy the ever-changing exhibits in several galleries housing paintings and decorative arts.

Admission is FREE.

Hours of Operation depend on the exhibits being shown. Call 787-723-3068 for info.


MUSEO de NUESTRA RAIZ AFRICANA (African Heritage Museum)

(Although this museum is closed, parts have now been incorporated into the Museo de las



MUSEO del MAR (Museum of the Sea)

Located 360 San Francisco Street This is a fascinating maritime museum that showcases artifacts found underwater and on the ships that sailed local waters. Info, ship models, mechanical & navigational devices, even buried treasure.

Admission: $6 Adults, Children 5-12 $3

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Hours of operation Wednesday – Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm. Call 787-977-4461 for info.


CASA del LIBRO (House of the Book)

Located at on Calle Callejon de la Capilla (on the small alley between Calle San Francisco and Calle Fortaleza A literary lover’s dream, this museum is home to over 4,000 rare books, manuscripts & documents dating back to the 15th by King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella in 1493 regarding provisions for Columbus’ fleet during his second voyage. Additional exhibits on printing, translating & book making.

Admission is FREE

Hours of operation Tuesday – Saturday 11:00am – 4:30pm (except holidays) Call 787-

723-0354 for info.


MUSEO de SAN JUAN (San Juan Museum)

Located at 150 Norzagaray Street, facing the Atlantic Ocean, between the two forts. Built as a public market in 1855 and restored in 1979 as a cultural center, this museum (formerly known as the the Museum of Art & History of San Juan) has a fixed exhibit in one wing that showcases the history of Puerto Rico. The second wing houses rotating exhibits of national and cultural interest. Information is in Spanish, but bi-lingual guides are readily available. They also host numerous concerts and festivals throughout the year in their massive courtyard.

Admission is FREE

Hours of operation Tuesday – Sunday 9:00am- 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 4pm (closed for

lunch each day). Call 787-480-3555 for more info.



Located on the 1st

This museum is home to the works of the master cellist and conductor. Exhibits include his manuscripts, memorabilia, photographs, his cello and library of filmed concerts from the Festival Casals (that are played on request). Bilingual information.

Admission is $1 for adults and .50 for children. Call 787-723-9185 for info.



FARMACIA (House of the Puerto Rican Family & Pharmacy Museum)

Located at 319 Calle Fortaleza, at the corner of Capilla Alley One of the oldest buildings in Old San Juan, this museum is actually two museums in one. Built in the 18th century, the first floor houses a pharmacy museum reconstructed as a period apothecary shop, complete with bottles, scales & tools of the times. The upper floors are set up to appear as the private upper middle class residence of the shop owner, just as it would have looked in the 19th century.

Admission is FREE

Hours of operation 1:00pm – 4:30pm Wednesday – Sunday. Call 787-977-2700 for more



MUSEO de FELISA RINCON de GAUTIER (Museum of Feliza Rincon de Gautier)

Located 51 Calle de San Juan, just across from the San Juan Gate This museum was the home of the first female Mayor of San Juan, more commonly known as the Museo de Dona Fela. It contains a huge assortment of photos, keys to various cities, photos with foreign dignitaries, wardrobe and a large collection of handmade dolls in her likeness.

Admission is FREE.

Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00 pm. Call 787-724-7239 for info.

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