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

A New Arts Space Comes in San Juan's  Santurce Arts District!

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: Main Gallery features major exhibitions with an emphasis on emerging artists. Sala Zulma Santiago features artisan works. Next Wave Gallery features experimental works by new artists.
  • Museums: Museo de los Santos, the Ellie Pruess Collection and our ongoing Oral History Project provide a foundation of tradition and culture as new generations create their own interpretations of contemporary Puerto Rican life.
  • Community: Musan is in the perfect location to integrate traditional Santurce sub-barrios  and new residents as Santurce re-emerges as one of the Caribbean's most vibrant neighborhoods.  

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

MUSAN began in 2005 as a new home for Museo de los Santos – a collection of hand-carved ‘santos’ – the traditional folk-art of Puerto Rico. Hosted in a historic Santurce home as a private collection, it was featured as a 'virtual museum' and available to the public by appointment.

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.

In our first year at our new location - 1673 Ave. Ponce de Leon, we have held several group shows for new artists, individual exhibitions by Puerto Rican artists Kiván Quiñones, Yamileth Flores and Adriana Sybelle plus a major retrospective of the posters of José Rosa.  Workshops have focused on woodcarving, bomba dance, doll-making, musical instruments and crochet as art. For 2024 we will continue to expand our programs and popular Saturday afternoon seminars and book presentation.  MUSAN has also hosted featured actors in BAS Entertainment productions of West Side Story (dedicated to Rita Moreno) and In the Heights.

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

Your support will help us expand our opening hours, extend our community outreach, preserve and increase our collection of 'santos' plus encourage young artists, artisans and curators.

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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Saturdays & Sundays 11am-4pm
We may be at the museum for special projects on Fridays but hours are not scheduled.  Call 787-455-4217 to make sure our staff is at MUSAN.

MUSAN Admission
Adults: $6 / Students $3
Free Admission for NARM* and MUSAN Members

Private & Group Tours

Available any day by appointment! Regular Admission Applies with a minimum of $30. Call 787-455-4216 or email to schedule visits!

NARM* MEMBERS: Private tours available any day by appointment at no charge! Contact at 787-455-4216 or to schedule your visit!

*NARM: 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.

Coming in November 2023

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

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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)

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