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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
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

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

june, 2022

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MUSAN's Guide to the Santurce Arts District

Saturdays from 9am - 1pm until April 30th

Visit the collection and our fundraising bazaar!

Until June 15, 2022, we are open by appointment only as we move our collection. You will still see the full collection, but it may be split between buildings that are 2 short blocks apart. 

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

General Admission: Starting June 15, 2022

Galleries: $10/person

Galleries and Permanent Collections: $20/person

Private Showings with Guide:
Galleries & Permanent Collections
by previous appointment only: $25/person

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

Scheduled Tours: Starting June 20, 2022
The following tours are only offered as posted on our Events Calendar:

Monday Night Museum 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).
Ask us about local resident/student rates
(proof of ID required)
Admission rates do not apply for private events.


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/Spanish
787-455-4217 - Español/Inglés

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.

MUSAN participates in Giving Tuesday.      LIST ADMIN