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
  • Museology and Museography 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. For information on any particular subject, resource tittle or author, send an e-mail with your request to:, or call (787) 977-6277, ext. 2260, 2204. 


Connect to Art: Explore and Research at the MAPR

The 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 & Architecture Source and Art Museum Image Gallery, available as complete texts and abstracts in eight languages and 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 studying bibliographical sources as well as facilities for WiFi connection.


Opening hours

Wednesday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. (closed from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.)

On Tuesdays, requests will be received by phone or email.

For more information and/or appointments please call (787) 977.6277 ext. 2260, or write to



The MAPR Research Center provides services thanks to the support of the funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) through the Department of Education from the Puerto Rico Government .