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Sway to the rhythm of the music on a vacation to Puerto Rico. Known for their seductive island sounds from salsa to folk, Puerto Rican music has made an important impact across the world. You’ll hear traditional music everywhere you go, from the streets of Old San Juan to the beaches on the far reaches of the island. Art is another important part of Puerto Rican culture. There are several museums on the island that over everything from local history to modern art. The Puerto Rico Arts Museum or Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan offers an inside look at art and music from the island. With a diverse collection of works dating back to the 17th century, the museum is one of the largest institutions in the Caribbean and hub for Puerto Rican artists. Visit the gift shop for souvenirs to take home. Check out the calendar for the 400-seat Raúl Juliá Theater to see a concert by local Puerto Rican groups.
Established in 2000, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico – or MAPR – is an expansive cultural center set in Puerto Rico. Located in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan, the Puerto Rico Arts Museum features local and international works of art dating back to the 17th century. Covering 130,000 square feet, the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico is known as one of the Caribbean’s largest museums.
Visitors may stroll the galleries in the historic West Wing, check out the 400-seat Raúl Juliá Theater – Banco Popular, browse the museum shop, or enjoy lunch at the onsite Laurel Kitchen: Art Bar.