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MUSAN is an exciting new addition to the Santurce Arts District of San Juan!

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

Update

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.

Permanent Collections

Milagro de Horigueros - Florencio Cabán
Milagro de Horigueros - Florencio Cabán
Puerto Rican Patrimony
When the Spanish first colonized Puerto Rico, churches were located in large cities. As recently as the 1960’s, many areas in the mountains did not have local churches.Hand-carved santos, displayed in niches or alters of each home, represented saints found in churches, but eventually took on additional significance as symbols of folklore, history, tradition, and cultural identity.

Santos became part of almost every rural family, The Household Saints of Puerto Rico.

Carmencita - Julio Rosado del Valle
Carmencita - Julio Rosado del Valle
Mid-Century Masters
Ellie Pruess came to Puerto Rico as a tourist in the 1960's and fell in love with the work of several emerging artists - Julio Rosado del Valle, Manuel Hernandez Acevedo, Epifanio Irizarry, Santos Rene Irizarry and Rodrigues Senerez.

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.

Senia Cabán de Camuy
Senia Cabán de Camuy
Intangible Cultural Heritage
A major focus of MUSAN is documenting our Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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.

Dr. José Torres Melendez discussing a permanent museum with Don Ricardo Alegría.

About MUSAN

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

billy

Jose (Billy) Torres Meléndez MD, Ph.D.

Founder, Board of Directors
gloria

Gloria Ortiz Ph.D.


Board of Directors

Richard

Richard Holm MBA


Founder, President

Miriam

Marian Annette
Rodríguez Morales

Executive Coordinator

Upcoming Events

june, 2021


Avenida de las Artes.com

MUSAN's Guide to the Santurce Arts District



Visit the collection!

Until we open our new exhibition spaces, the collection can be seen by appointment only in our temporary exhibition space.

Contact

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.

MUSAN
456 Calle Saldaña, San Juan, PR 00909

info@musan.org

787-455-4216 - English
787-455-4217 - Español

Grand Opening!

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.

All content is © 2021 Museo de los Santos

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).

Click here for .pdf version of 1101.01 certification from Hacienda de Puerto Rico

Click here for .pdf version of 1501(c)(3) certification from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)


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.