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Designed in accordance with the strictest and most modern standards of contemporary museum design, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) is composed of 130,000 square feet of modern spaces.
The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) has 24 exhibition galleries distributed between the historical building in the west wing and the addition in the east wing.

The historic building serves as the main entrance to the Museum and is custodian of the MAPR permanent collection.  The west wing of the MAPR is a neoclassic structure built and designed by the architect William H. Shimmelphening in 1920.  This structure originally housed 1 of the 13 buildings of the Municipal Hospital, now transformed as a museum, and its conservation is part of an effort to preserve Puerto Rican art for the enjoyment of future generations.  This historic building serves as the main entrance to the Museum, while housing, in 21 exhibition galleries, the permanent collection of the MAPR and an exhibition representative of Puerto Rican art from the 17th century to the present, which combines works from the collection, and others that belong to public and private collections.

The east wing, designed by Puerto Rican architects Otto Reyes and Luis Gutiérrez, is composed of a five-story modern structure that harmoniously integrates the historic building. This wing also has a Grand Hall, with a height equivalent to three stories, from which the visitor can access the Raúl Juliá – Banco Popular Theater, the shop, the restaurant, and the gardens. An integral part of the Grand Hall is a stained glass window by Puerto Rican artist Eric Tabales, entitled Taino Sun Rising, fashioned from oxidized glass through which the natural light from outside softly illuminates the whole area. Distributed throughout the East Wing are the Conservation Division, storage spaces and activARTE Gallery, as well as the administrative offices.

With the latest in temperature control, lighting, telecommunications and security technology, MAPR boasts a climate-controlled system that guarantees a certain level of relative humidity, assuring the preservation and conservation of its collections, as well as all of the works entrusted in its care.

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The Raúl Juliá – Banco Popular Theater is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment, (high fidelity sound, a lighting system ideal for artistic presentations and a telecommunication antenna for video conferences). It also offers seating for 400 people. The theater is dedicated to the memory of the deceased Puerto Rican actor and Oscar winner, Raúl Juliá. 

An impressive stage curtain, hand-stitched using the traditional mundillo technique, serves as the main stage curtain for the theater. This piece, entitled Mundillo nuestro, is a work of art designed by artist Antonio Martorell and assembled by Puerto Rican women weavers: Lucy Betancourt, Asunción Bayó, Hilda Cruz, Norma Figueroa, Hilda Millán and Julita Santiago, of Encajes, Inc.  Mundillo nuestro, made from the union of five pieces of cloth measuring 5’ x 15’, covers an area of 30’ x 15’, depicting two hands projected over the image of a map of the world divided in symmetric shapes around a central focal point.

In the modern theater lobby, you can see the work Horizonte, a mural on canvas by artist Carmelo Sobrino.
Designed to encourage the development of all the scenic and educational expressions of the attending community, The Raúl Juliá – Banco Popular Theater is available for rental through the MAPR Sales and Special Events Division.

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LAUREL KITCHEN: ART BAR is one of the restaurants owned by the reknown Chef Mario Pagán at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. 

LAUREL is the new home of the “new Caribbean cuisine” of the past contestant of the prestigious program The Next Iron Chef of the Food Network.  This novel concept is possible thanks to the plethora of fresh local ingredients that are available throughout the year.  Red snapper from the south of the Island to fresh avocados from the north and a variety of local cheeses make their menu shine.  Feel like a local every time you visit us.  Taste the local delicacies presented in discrete elegance…

Our main dining room seats 65 diners and the private salon has a capacity for 25 people.  There is also an intimate bar with an impressive wine cellar – all decorated using a color palette of warm and neutral colors with natural elements.  LAUREL well refine and redefine your gastronomic experience.

For reservations please call 787-522-6444
For catering information:
Paola Ramos, Manager

Tuesday to Friday
Lunch: 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm

Tuesday to Saturday
Dinner: 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Third Sunday of every month
Brunch: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm


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activARTE – Ángel Ramos Foundation Gallery

The activARTE Gallery, designed by the famous architect Stanley Tigerman, was created with funds provided by the Ángel Ramos Foundation.  The purpose of activARTE Gallery is to educate and encourage the appreciation for the arts in children through an entertaining manner.

Inaugurated on September 6, 2001, activARTE Gallery provides children and young of heart the opportunity to get to know the work of Puerto Rican artists and learn about techniques and tools through activities and interactive games.

The main goals of activARTE gallery are:

  • Stimulate the interest and the study of fine arts in Puerto Rico
  • Encourage artistic creativity and sensibility
  • Promote visual appreciation
  • Reaffirm Puerto Rican cultural values
  • Offer K-12 teachers a thematic laboratory to strengthen their teaching methods in all topics.

The Gallery includes six interactive modules: panels, a labyrinth, a puzzle, computer kiosk, a tower and a magic house.  These modules provide an informal learning environment and they are designed with the objective of increasing the observation and memory capacity of children.  The computer kiosk module presents an interactive multimedia portraying 12 works of art from the exhibition and the creative process of the artists, while providing the participants the opportunity to develop “the artist within”, using the computer as a medium of artistic expression.

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Botanical Sculpture Garden

Approximately 2.5 acres make up the Sculpture Botanical Garden of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, which incorporates into its design a representative sample of the national flora.

Close to 365 trees from 26 species, mostly autochthonous, are integrated to an ample variety of over 106,000 plants, among which there can be found bushes, vines, flowers and creeping plants of great diversity and color.

A walkway runs through the garden and interlinks the different environments: a forest of native trees, a rain forest, a bamboo forest, and a prairie.  These environments compliment a beautiful area where 13 sculptures are located in harmony with the scenery.  Three gazebos, destined as locations of rest and contemplation compliment the landscape.

In the center of the garden and opposing the east wing, a pond with an organic design can be seen, including its three waterfalls.  This pond contains 50,000 gallons of water and is home to Koi fishes and aquatic plants.  Between the pond and the entrance to the east wing and Eric Tabales’ stained glass, there is a terrace with a natural amphitheater, where open-air concerts and events take place.

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Books, fine Puerto Rican crafts, decorative items and reproductions of works from the Museum collections, among other items, are available in the MAPR Store, located on the first floor of the east wing.

An extensive selection of books on art, architecture, design, and other similar themes, along with the service of corporate gifts, and gift cards for the purchase of museum goods, complements the Store’s offerings.

Shop Hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


For additional information:

Ingrid Iglesias
Shop, Ticket Sales and Information Center Manager
Tel.: 787-977-6277 ext.2239, 2291

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MAPR Research Center

Located in the first floor of the East Wing, the MAPR Research Center houses computers with Internet access as well as multimedia and interactive resources in electronic and digital format.  The Center also has a space for reading and studying bibliographical resources, plus WiFi Internet connection for those who wish to use their own laptops.  Visit the section MAPR Research Center for more information.

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Conservation Division

The Conservation Division, under the Exhibits and Collections Department of the MAPR, occupies a space of approximately 3,600 square feet divided into three workshops dedicated to the conservation and restoration of paintings, works on paper, and sculpture.  There are areas for varnish application, reintegration of color, photographic documentation, and chemical analysis.  The laboratory is equipped with the technology needed for analysis of the artwork’s condition, diagnosis of any problems, and application of any needed treatments.

The Conservation Division provides professional services to collectors, artists, and cultural institutions that have works of art needing evaluation, analysis and / or conservation. These works of art can be evaluated in situ or in the Museum’s conservation laboratory.  No treatment will be given without prior analysis of the artwork by conservation staff. 

To schedule an appointment, call 787-977-6277 ext. 2208, 2218 or email: