San Juan Art Museums And Galleries Walking Tour, San Juan (Self Guided)

San Juan is a great place to learn more about American, Caribbean, Latin American and Puerto Rican art. It has a vast range of interesting museums and excellent galleries, featuring fine works by talented international and local artists. Check out San Juan’s most popular and outstanding art museums and galleries in this walking tour!
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San Juan Art Museums And Galleries Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: San Juan Art Museums And Galleries Walking Tour
Guide Location: Puerto Rico » San Juan (See other walking tours in San Juan)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Author: leticia
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Museum of the Sea

1) Museum of the Sea

Museum of the Sea, dedicated to Puerto Rico’s maritime history, contains various interesting exhibits, including maps, a wide collection of maritime tools and other naval items. The museum informs visitors about the island’s history since the Age of Sail.

Operation hours: Wednesday Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm
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Museo de Nuestra Raiz Africana (African Heritage Museum)

2) Museo de Nuestra Raiz Africana (African Heritage Museum) (must see)

Museo de Nuestra Raiz Africana is dedicated to African heritage, which played a significant role in Puerto Rico’s cultural development. In this adobe-styled museum you will learn about the history and life of Africans in Puerto Rico, from the time of slavery to the present. It contains nine exhibition rooms, featuring African art, literature, musical instruments and pictures.
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Pablo Casals Museum

3) Pablo Casals Museum (must see)

Pablo Casals Museum is dedicated to the celebrated cellist and humanist, Pablo Casals. It is located in an historical 18th century building in Old San Juan, which features original manuscripts of his music, memorabilia, photos, his prominent cello and his piano.
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San Juan Art and History Museum

4) San Juan Art and History Museum

Built in 1855 as a major city market, this museum now features various interesting exhibits related to San Juan’s art and history, including fine sculptures, beautiful paintings, an impressive collection of figurines and other fascinating artifacts.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm
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Museo de las Américas (Cuartel de Ballajá)

5) Museo de las Américas (Cuartel de Ballajá) (must see)

Museo de las Américas is located in the old Cuartel de Ballajá (Spanish military barracks). Dedicated to American culture, the museum displays changing exhibitions of paintings, carved figures, beautiful sculptures and other works by artisans from North, South and Central America.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 9 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 4 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm
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El Museo Puertorriqueño

6) El Museo Puertorriqueño

El Museo Puertorriqueño is located in the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, formerly Asilo de Beneficencia (Home for the Poor). The museum offers interesting exhibits, where you will find an exciting collection of artifacts, including fine pottery, stone tools and historical relics.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Taino Ethno-Historic Museum

7) Taino Ethno-Historic Museum

This interesting museum is located in Casa Blanca, a famous historical building in Puerto Rico and former residence of its first governor, Juan Ponce de León. Here you will find various original native artifacts and other exciting things.
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Museo del Niño (Children's Museum)

8) Museo del Niño (Children's Museum)

This pink and green building, located near a small, shady park is the only children's museum in Puerto Rico. This great museum features interesting hands-on exhibits and interactive presentations where children also learn simple lessons.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 10 am - 3:30 pm; Friday: 10 am - 5 pm;
Saturday - Sunday: 12 pm - 5:30 pm
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Museo de Doña Fela (Felisa Rincón de Gautier Museum)

9) Museo de Doña Fela (Felisa Rincón de Gautier Museum)

Felisa Rincón de Gautier Museum is in a colonial building that is the former residence of Felisa Rincón de Gautier, the active mayor of San Juan. The museum contains exhibits about the mayor's life, including documents, furniture, plaques and other memorabilia.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm
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Galería Botello

10) Galería Botello (must see)

Galería Botello is a contemporary art gallery that displays modern Latin American works by local artists. Named after Angel Botello, one of the most revered of Spanish artists, the gallery also offers antique Puerto Rican santos, which are hand-carved figures of saints made of wood.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
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Obra Galería Alegría

11) Obra Galería Alegría

Obra Galería Alegría is a fine art gallery in Old San Juan that exhibits wonderful paintings and sculptures by talented Puerto Rican and international artists, including works by Nick Quijano and Domingo Garcia.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 1:30 pm - 5 pm

Walking Tours in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Create Your Own Walk in San Juan

Create Your Own Walk in San Juan

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Juan is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
East Old San Juan Walking Tour

East Old San Juan Walking Tour

East Old San Juan is a popular tourist area that is home to several interesting historical sites, including Castillo de San Cristóbal, El Capitolio, Casa De España and Monumento de la Recordación Take the following tour to discover the fascinating attractions located in Old San Juan’s east end!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
San Juan Historic Buildings Self-Guided Tour

San Juan Historic Buildings Self-Guided Tour

San Juan proudly features the country’s oldest quarters and historic buildings. In addition to containing the oldest occupied residence in the Western Hemisphere, visitors can also admire the old City Hall, the Cristo Chapel, Convento de los Dominicos, historic El Arsenal and many other fascinating attractions. Take the following tour to see the most popular and famous historic buildings in San...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Old San Juan Orientation Walk

Old San Juan Orientation Walk

San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, is a lovely historic city with a wealth of colorful Spanish colonial architecture. The most notable landmarks include 16th-century El Morro and La Fortaleza fortresses, rising above the ocean, and the Paseo de la Princesa bayside promenade. To explore San Juan's most prominent sights, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
East San Juan Walking Tour

East San Juan Walking Tour

East San Juan contains many great attractions, including San Gerónimo Fort, Parque Luis Muñoz Rivera, beautiful statues and the best art galleries and museums. Take the following tour to discover the most interesting places in San Juan's east end!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave San Juan without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to San Juan, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Old San Juan Squares Self-Guided Tour

Old San Juan Squares Self-Guided Tour

Old San Juan is packed with historical places, among which are the city’s old squares. Many of them house beautiful fountains, prominent monuments and wonderful sculptures which depict the rich history of this amazing city. Check out San Juan’s most popular historical squares in the next self-guided tour!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in San Juan for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best San Juan has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as San Juan, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.