Caribbean Museums: Puerto Rico >San Juan >Santurce Arts District
MUSAN is an exciting new addition to the Santurce Arts District of San Juan!
MUSAN is dedicated to the preservation, research and exhibition of Puerto Rican art and intangible cultural heritage through our permanent collection, educational programs, outreach projects, special exhibitions and cultural activities.
More than a traditional museum, MUSAN is a community-based cultural center that celebrates Puerto Rico's rich artistic patrimony as an inspiration for contemporary artistic expression and its relevance to modern society.
We are making good progress with the renovation of our new location at 1673 Ave. Ponce de Leon in the Santurce Arts District.
We host an open house every third Saturday if you'd like to stop by and see our vision of a new community-focused Arts Space.
Santos became part of almost every rural family, The Household Saints of Puerto Rico.
After enjoying the paintings at her homes in the states, she returned the artwork to Puerto Rico to become part of the permanent collection of MUSAN.
By conducting oral history interviews with family, friends and associates of artists who have contributed to Puerto Rico's rich cultural patrimony.
MUSAN's oral history project is an ongoing program to obtain first-hand narratives that bring culture, tradition and history to life.
MUSAN began as a joint effort of Richard Holm and Dr. José Torres Meléndez to create www.museodelossantos.com and introduce traditional 'santos de palo' carvings in a 'virtual museum'.
Encouraged by overwhelming support and a need for additional space, Museo de los Santos Inc. was established as a non-profit corporation and granted IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt in 2108 and designated a PR 1101.01 non-profit corporation by Hacienda de Puerto Rico in 2019.
In 2020, MUSAN was created in order to expand our collections and include a community-based cultural center that encourages emerging artists and celebrates the artists and artisans of our past.
The MUSAN Team
Jose (Billy) Torres Meléndez MD, Ph.D.
Gloria Ortiz Ph.D.
Board of Directors
Richard Holm MBA
Visit the collection!
Until we open our new exhibition spaces, the collection can be seen by appointment only in our temporary exhibition space.
Our new building is under renovation at 1673 Ave. Ponce de Leon in the Santurce Arts District. Any visits must be by prior appointment.
Our executive office is located two blocks away - around the corner from Abracadabra Restaurant. Appointments are required for building access.
456 Calle Saldaña, San Juan, PR 00909
787-455-4216 - English
787-455-4217 - Español
Everything depends on our fund-raising efforts - but we hope to complete structural repairs, connect utilities, install windows/doors and provide basic gallery spaces for a 'Phase I' opening in July and a formal opening by the end of 2021.
Check back for updates or click here to check out our progress.
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MUSAN - Museo de los Santos y Arte Nacional is operated by Museo de los Santos Inc.
Museo de los Santos Inc is a certified nonprofit organization under the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code Section 1101.01 & qualifies for Law 20/22 annual contributions, as well as under the United States Federal Internal Revenue Service IRS Code Section 501(c)(3).
Museo de los Santos is a participant in the Nuestro Barrio project sponsored by Sacred Heart University.
Nuestro Barrio es un proyecto de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón operado con apoyo del National Endowment for the Arts y el Economic Development Administration.