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


MUSAN began as a joint effort of Richard Holm and Dr. José Torres Meléndez to create 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 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 Team


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

Founder, Board of Directors

Gloria Ortiz Ph.D.

Board of Directors


Richard Holm MBA

Founder, President


Marian Annette
Rodríguez Morales

Executive Coordinator

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

september, 2021

Avenida de las

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.


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

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 November and a formal opening in Spring 2022.

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

MUSAN is a member of the Small Museum Association
Museo de los Santos is participant in Nuestro Barrio.

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.