Sideview of Escuela de Artes Plasticas.

Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño

San Juan

The grand edifice with a red-roofed dome, arches and porticos across from El Morro was an insane asylum during the 19th century; now it's a prestigious school of art and design. It's not open to the public but it holds regular exhibitions of the students' work.

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Nearby San Juan attractions

1. Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña

0.08 MILES

Constructed in the mid-19th century as a shelter for the poor, this bright-yellow building houses the executive offices of this institute that organizes a…

2. Museo de las Américas

0.09 MILES

This museum presents an impressive overview of cultural development in the Americas, including indigenous, African and European influences. Four permanent…

3. Cuartel de Ballajá

0.11 MILES

Built in 1854 as a military barracks, the cuartel is an impressive three-story edifice with large gates on two ends, a series of arches and a large…

4. Casa Rosa

0.11 MILES

Built in 1812, this tropical pink villa first served as barracks for Spanish troops. In 1881, it was converted into officers’ quarters. The building has…

5. Casa Blanca

0.14 MILES

First constructed in 1521 as a residence for Puerto Rico’s pioneering governor, Juan Ponce de León (who died before he could move in), Casa Blanca is the…

7. Plaza del Quinto Centenario

0.16 MILES

This modern square is shoehorned in among several architectural landmarks and offers great views over El Morro and the ocean beyond. Built in 1992 to…

8. Plazuela de la Rogativa

0.21 MILES

This diminutive gem of a square with lovely views over the bay is home to an interesting, stylized bronze sculpture of a former bishop of San Juan and…