Museums & Historic Sites
Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico
Founded by artists in 1984, the Museum of Contemporary Art, often referred to as MAC, is home to art from the mid-20th century to today, featuing artists from Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The MAC is housed in an elegant Georgian-style structure that was built in 1916 and was once part of the Department of Public Education of Puerto Rico.
Av. Juan Ponce de León, esquina Ave. Roberto H. Todd, Parada 18 | Distance from Hotel: 4.2 miles
Castillo San Felipe del Morro
One of Puerto Rico’s most important historic structures, El Morro's construction commenced in 1539 and finished in 1790. During those 250 years, El Morro went from a promontory mounted with a cannon to a six-level fortress designed to unnerve attackers approaching from the sea. Visit the fortress to learn about its rich history and to capture spectacular photos with the sweeping Atlantic as your backdrop.
501 Calle Norzagaray | Distance from Hotel: 7.8 miles
Completed in 1540, this fortress was part of a massive effort to secure the island’s defenses. Unfortunately, it was unsuccessful and fell to the Earl of Cumberland in 1598 and, later, the Dutch Commander Boudewyn Hendrick in 1625. In 1846, it was remodeled and converted for full-time use as the governor’s house. The building, which is also known as El Palacio de Santa Catalina (Santa Catalina Palace), has housed no less than 170 governors of Puerto Rico. Today, guided tours are available, and visitors can view the building’s lush gardens and interior when government is not in session.
63 Calle de la Fortaleza | Distance from Hotel: 7.9 miles