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Welcome to our Museum!

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.

Upcoming Events

september, 2022


Avenida de las Artes.com

MUSAN's Guide to the Santurce Arts District


We'll be back in September!

We are busy moving to our new building!

Please be patient as we move our collection.
We'll have a 'soft-opening' in September with our local artists' marketplace from September 15-29th.

We will open Museo de los Santos by appointment September 15 - October 29 (Gallery will be closed as we prepare for our opening exhibition).

Our grand opening and regular schedule will take place in early November - dates will be posted in October.

NARM MEMBERS: Private 'pre-opening' tour of collections and new building available any day by previous appointment!
Call Richard at 787-455-4216 or info@musan.org to schedule a visit!

Admission Starting November 2022
Days/Hours will be announced in October!

Gallery: $10/per person

Private Tour with Guide: $20/per person 
Gallery, Museo de los Santos & Ellie Pruess Collection

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

Monday Night Guided 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).
Admission rates do not apply for private events.

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


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.

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