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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.

Museo de los Santos curator - Dr. José Torres Melendez presents the cultural heritage of the ´santero´ or ´carver of santos´' Celestino Avilés Meléndez of Orocovis, Puerto Rico and his role in the politics of nationalism and cultural identity in Puerto Rico.

MUSAN Hours
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 info@musan.org to schedule visits!

NARM* MEMBERS: Private tours available any day by appointment at no charge! Contact at 787-455-4216 or info@musan.org 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 Airbnb.com)
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

Contact

MUSAN
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

info@musan.org

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