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

MUSAN Mission

MUSAN Arts Center Santurce 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.

Arts Center Vision

More than a traditional museum, MUSAN Arts Center Santurce 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.

Permanent Collections at MUSAN Arts Center Santurce

MUSAN Arts Center Santurce - Museo de los Santos
Tres Reyes con Motoras, Joaquin Hernandez 1980
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.

MUSAN Arts Center Santurce - Ellie Pruess Collection
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.

Musan Arts Center Santurce Oral History Project
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.

Story of Museo de los Santos & MUSAN

Story of Ellie Pruess & Her Collection

Construyendo una comunidad intergeneracional

The MUSAN Arts Center Santurce Team

Musan Arts Center Santurce

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

Founder, Board of Directors
Musan Arts Center Santurce - Gloria Ortiz

Gloria Ortiz Ph.D.

Board of Directors

Musan Arts Center Santurce - Richard Holm

Richard Holm MBA

Founder, President

Musan Arts Center Santurce - Miriam

Marian Annette
Rodríguez Morales

Executive Coordinator

Upcoming Events

august, 2022

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MUSAN's Guide to the Santurce Arts District

We'll be back in September!

We are busy moving to our new building!

Please be patient as we move our collection.
We'll have a 'soft-opening' in September with our local artists' marketplace from September 15-29th.

We will open Museo de los Santos by appointment September 15 - October 29 (Gallery will be closed as we prepare for our opening exhibition).

Our grand opening and regular schedule will take place in early November - dates will be posted in October.

NARM MEMBERS: Private 'pre-opening' tour of collections and new building available any day by previous appointment!
Call Richard at 787-455-4216 or to schedule a visit!

Admission Starting November 2022
Days/Hours will be announced in October!

Gallery: $10/per person

Private Tour with Guide: $20/per person 
Gallery, Museo de los Santos & Ellie Pruess Collection

Private showings can be outside normal hours but must be confirmed in advance.

Monday Night Guided Tour &
nearby Bomba and Plena: $25/per person

5 minute walk to nearby bar with traditional afro-Caribbean music
(food/drinks not included).

Thursday Night Museum Tour
& walking tour of Santurce: $25/per person

20 minute walk to Plaza del Mercado - traditional marketplace with bars/restaurants
(food/drinks not included).
Admission rates do not apply for private events.


1673 Avenue Ponce de Leon, San Juan, PR 00909

Located near 787Coffee, Leonardos, Hotel San Jorge & BASE Co-working.

MUSAN Executive Offices
456 Calle Saldaña, San Juan, PR 00909

787-455-4216 - English/Spanish
787-455-4217 - Español/Inglés

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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).

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.

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