The MAPR Research Center at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico provides a space for consultation, study and research about the arts in Puerto Rico and internationally as well as the permanent collection of the MAPR and topics specialized in museum studies.  The Research Center opened to the public in 2006 with the contribution of the Wilbur Marvin Foundation, the sponsorship of the Education Department of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Assistive Technology Program, an important sponsor for the acquisition of assistive technology available at the Research Center.

The Research Center’s objectives are:

  • expand the visitor’s experience
  • promote research and
  • preserve the institution’s history, Puerto Rico’s artistic and the international art world’s history.

Services and information resources of the Research Center are available for reference purposes exclusively and include:

  • audiovisual material
  • catalogues
  • MAPR publications
  • the Puerto Rican Collection
  • Latin American and Caribbean Collection
  • journals and magazines
  • specialized data bases with complete texts, bibliography and architecture.

Educators, students, artists, researchers, specialists, Museum staff and general public have access to specialized art publications, available in digital or print format, to be consulted in the Research Center.

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Connect to art: Discover and research at the MAPR

The MAPR Research Center at the MAPR is equipped with computer terminals and access to the Internet, as well as multimedia and interactive resources.  Inside the Research Center users will have access to the following data bases: Art Full Text, Art Index Retrospective and Art Museum Image Gallery, available as a complete text and abstracts in eight languages over 155,000 images in high resolution from 1,800 collections from museums around the world.

The Research Center also has designated spaces for reading and study of bibliographical sources and facilities for WiFi Internet connection.

Opening hours
Opening hours for the MAPR Research Center are:

  • Academic year:
    • Wednesday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Sunday - Tuesday: Closed
  • June and July:
    • Wednesday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Saturday - Tuesday: Closed

The MAPR Research Center is closed during lunchtime from 1:00 - 2:00 PM.  For more information about the services provided in the Research Center and all resources available for research and study of fine arts, please call 787.977.6277 ext. 2260 or email: