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

A New Arts Space Comes to Santurce's Cultural Scene!

MUSAN is an eclectic, interdisciplinary, intergenerational, community-oriented arts space!

  • Arts Incubator: An area for artists to experiment with new concepts. A place where new ideas are encouraged and unexpected results are a measure of success!
  • Galleries: Exhibition Gallery, Next Wave Gallery, Artisan/Makers Gallery, Digital Gallery, Local Artist Gallery, Stained Glass Gallery.
  • Museums: Museo de los Santos, Ellie Pruess Collection, Oral History Project.

Under one roof, MUSAN will preserve the rich traditions and patrimony of Puerto Rican arts – while featuring contemporary artists and providing a laboratory for artistic experimentation.

MUSAN originally began as a new home for Museo de los Santos – a collection of hand-carved ‘santos’ – the traditional folk-art of Puerto Rico.

Founded in 2005, Museo de los Santos became an IRS non-profit corporation in 2018 and was designated by Hacienda de Puerto Rico as a non-profit organization eligible for donations from Law 20/22 and Act 60.

Museo de los Santos Inc purchased a building at 1673 Avenue Ponce de Leon in the Santurce Arts District in 2019 and became a participant in Nuestro Barrio (an initiative of University of Sagrado Corazon to promote the Santurce Cultural District).

During renovation, we met dozens of neighborhood artists.

Based on their feedback, we started to see the project from a new perspective.

Local artists appreciated a new museum, but what they really needed was a space to showcase their work in front of an audience. We spoke to artists, actors, playwrights, dancers, poets, musicians, puppeteers, glass artists, performance artists, comedians, sculptors, makers, designers and more.

Their common plea was please give us space for public exposure, audience feedback and experimentation!’. 

So, we re-thought our idea of a traditional museum and rebranded the project as MUSAN – Museo de los Santos y Arte Nacional.

MUSAN will have something for everyone to discover and expand their artistic horizons.

The following presentations will give you an idea of how MUSAN evolved and our vision for a new museum that pays homage to Puerto Rican patrimony of yesterday and encourages artists with a new vision for today and the future.

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

Gloria Ortiz Ph.D.

Board of Directors

Musan Arts Center Santurce - Richard Holm

Richard Holm MBA

Founder, President

Reynaldo Padilla-Teruel



Board of Advisors

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Lcdo. Antonio
Colón Montes
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Jaime Alfonso
Collazo Morales
Georgina Vega
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Upcoming Events

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MUSAN's Guide to the Santurce Arts District


Weekdays: Open by Appointment
Please email or call 
787-455-4217 (Spanish) or 787-455-4216 (English) to make an appointment.

Friday 11am-4pm: Guided Tours at 12pm, 2pm

Saturday 11am-5pm: Guided Tours at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Sunday 11am-4pm: Guided Tours at 12pm, 2pm

NARM* MEMBERS: Private tours available by appointment!
Call Richard at 787-455-4216 or to schedule visits!

Private & Group Tours are available any day by appointment!
Call Richard at 787-455-4216 or to schedule visits!


Adults: $5 / Students $3 / Free Admission for NARM* Members

*NARM MEMBERS: North American Reciprocal Museum Association allows members of participating museums (including MUSAN) to visit other NARM museums with FREE admission and discounts in museum shops.

Click here to join MUSAN (memberships of $100/year or more include NARM membership for two).

Click here for a list of museums that participate in NARM.

AirBnb Experiences(reserve at

Monday 8pm: Museum Tour & Bomba/Plena at Nearby Bar
5 minute walk to nearby bar with traditional afro-Caribbean music
(food/drinks not included). 
Reserve at AirBnb Experiences


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


All content is © 2023 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)

Click here for donations for Puerto Rico Ley 22 and Act 60

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.

MUSAN participates in Giving Tuesday.   Donations for Ley 22 and Act 60 Contributions - Puerto Rico - Hacienda