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San Juan boasts one of the largest and most celebrated art museums in the Caribbean. Housed in a splendid neoclassical building that was once the city’s Municipal Hospital, MAPR holds 18 exhibition halls spread over an area of 130,000 sq feet. The artistic collection includes paintings, sculptures, posters, and carvings from the 17th to the 21st century, chronicling such renowned Puerto Rican artists as José Campeche, Francisco Oller, Nick Quijano and Rafael Ferrer.
Adding distinction to diversity, the facility also boasts a hands-on exhibition space for kids, a 2.5-acre sculpture garden, a conservation laboratory, a theater and a good shop. Creative workshops are regularly offered for children too.
Don't miss the gardens, where winding paths invite visitors to stroll past 16 sculptures and more than 100,000 plants in a scene reminiscent of Monet’s water lilies.