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Check back and find updates on the progress of our museum and gallery in the Santurce Arts District of San Juan, Puerto Rico. If you have any ideas for new topics, please contact

Chaos in Santurce – Local Artists’ Marketplace

July 24, 2022

As its pre-opening event, MUSAN: Museo de los Santos y Arte Nacional will host a local artists’ marketplace at its new location at 1673 Ave Ponce de León at Parada 24 in Santurce (near 787Coffee, Leonardo Fifth Avenue and BASE Co-Working).

Local artists in any medium are invited to participate and sell artworks directly to buyers. Buyers will be asked to make a separate contribution to MUSAN in lieu of any gallery commission or fees. There is no cost to the artist for participation.

This will not be a curated event. Participation will be open to any dedicated artist based on availability of display space. We have substantial wall space in several galleries plus glass-enclosed display cases and floor space.

The only qualification is that the artistic expression is interesting to the organizers.

Some museum/gallery professionals have said ‘You’re crazy, this will be CHAOS! But it could be very interesting!’ so we are calling the event CHAOS IN SANTURCE!

The goal of CHAOS IN SANTURCE will be to connect local artists to people interested in learning about the Santurce art scene and purchasing works directly from the artists.

Dates:  September 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 2022

Times:  Thursdays from 6-9pm and Saturdays from 4-9pm.

Fundraising Bazaar – Saturdays at MUSAN

February 24, 2022

MUSAN is holding an open house and fundraising BAZAAR every Saturday from 9am - 1pm.

Stop by and see the progress we are making to finish the galleries and permanent collection space.

Browse the art, books, costume jewelry, santos, etc. that are on sale.

All proceeds go to MUSAN.

ps. If you would like to donate anything for sale, we welcome most items except household items (ie pots/pans/appliances), clothing/shoes, or perishable items.  Remember that this is an 'ARTS BAZAAR' and donations should be appropriate.  For major donations, we will give you an official receipt that you can use to document any tax deduction.

Hon. Eddie Charbonier visits MUSAN

February 7, 2022

Dr. José Torres Melendez, MD, Ph.D. welcomed Hon. Eddie Charbonier of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives to MUSAN on February 7, 2022.  After a tour of the collection in Museo de los Santos and The Ellie Pruess Collection of mid-century masters of Puerto Rican art - they did a walk-through of the new home of MUSAN at 1673 Ave. Ponce de Leon at 'Stop 24' in the Santurce Arts District of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Encuentro de Santeros – December 19, 2021

December 16, 2021

The 2021 Encuentro de Santeros will relocate from Orocovis to PLAZA LAS AMERICAS in San Juan in consideration of covid-19 protocols.

Join the annual festival that celebrates the tradition of 'santos de palo' - the household saints of Puerto Rico where local carvers will exhibit and sell their work.

The event will take place on Sunday December 19th from 9am - 7pm in the area near the cinemas on the upper level.

El 35 aniversario del Encuentro Nacional de Santeros se llevará a cabo en Plaza las Américas, en el área de los balcones del segundo nivel. La actividad cultural, iniciará a las 9:00 de la mañana a 7:00 de la noche, del domingo, 19 de diciembre de 2021.

El evento celebrado por La familia Avilés en Orocovis, había sido cancelado en los pasados años debido al paso del huracán María, los terremotos en el área sur de la Isla y la pandemia del covid-19.

MUSAN adds Cuseum Virtual Membership!

December 15, 2021

MUSAN has partnered with to provide virtual membership cards in January 2022.

Your virtual membership card can be added to your cellphone's wallet so you have it with you all the time.

This is especially useful combined with our membership in NARM which gives you free and reduced admission to hundreds of museums throughout North America.

When you join MUSAN at $100 or more, your NARM 'sticker' will be automatically added to your virtual membership card.

NARM Accepts MUSAN as Newest Member!

December 15, 2021

MUSAN is now a member of the North American Recriprocal Museum Association!

This allows us to provide a fantastic membership benefit to anyone who donates $100 or more each year to become a member of MUSAN.

Your membership card will have a 'sticker' which give you free or reduced admission to more than 1,000 museums and discounts at museum shops in Bermuda, Canada, El Salvador, Mexico and the United States.

Click here for an interactive map of participating museums.

Metaverso – December 7, 2021

November 27, 2021

MUSAN will join the metaverse on Tuesday December 7th at the Metaverso conference at the Puerto Rico Museum of Art (MAPR). If you're interested in the emerging world of crypto-art, this is a must-attend event. MUSAN is especially interested since one of our goals is to support emerging artists and art forms - and this is exactly the type of work we want to introduce to the public at our new location at 1673 Ave. Ponce de Leon in the Santurce Arts District of San Juan, Puerto Rico.  If you're familiar with the area, we're next to 787 Coffee.

Click here for information and tickets to Metaverso Puerto Rico!

HODL HERE Conference – December 6, 2021

November 26, 2021

Is anyone attending the HODL HERE Conference on December 6th at the Vivo Beach Club in Isla Verde?  MUSAN will be attending as part of our interest in NFT - Non-Fungible-Tokens and meeting investors who are here to learn about the blockchain and the ACT 60 investment program.

ps. HODL = Hold On for Dear Life... which came into common usage during a period of wild swings in crypto-currency valuations.  Those who sold were mostly regretful, those that HODL are generally very happy.

If you'd like to attend, click here for tickets to HODL HERE - December 6, 2021

NFT – Non-Fungible Tokens

November 20, 2021

Does anyone in San Juan work with NFTs?

We're in the planning stage of our digital gallery which might be the perfect venue for non-fungible tokens created by local artists.

We don't know much about NFTs, but since MUSAN is dedicated to new art forms, experimentation and emerging artists - MUSAN may be a venue where creators can display/sell their work and investors/public can learn about this emerging comodity.

If anyone is interested, contact and let's explore how NFTs can fit into MUSAN.

In the Heights

November 11, 2021

MUSAN was  an official sponsor of In The Heights when it was presented at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in September 2021. MUSAN will sponsor In the Heights again when they return for an encore production in Caguas in January/February 2022. Special thanks to actor Tony Chiroldes and producer Ender Vega/BAS Entertainment for their support of MUSAN!

MUSAN Sign Installed

November 10, 2021

Our signage was installed as we near the completion of Phase I of our new building renovation at 1673 Ave Ponce de Leon in the Santurce Arts District of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Special thanks to José Gonzalez Lanza of ArteLanza for creating and installing the sign to optimize visibility from the avenue.

MUSAN C.A.P. 2021

November 10, 2021

The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation has accepted our application to participate in the 2021 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program.

This program will enable us to hire two specialists in preservation of our permanent collections - Museo de los Santos and the Ellie Pruess Collection of mid-century masters of Puerto Rican art.

The work will be done in early 2022 as we move the collections to our new space.

One specialist will focus on the individual works of art. The other will focus on the display, environment and maintenance of the new location of the collections at 1673 Ponce de Leon Ave. in the Santurce Arts District of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The CAP program requires MUSAN to match their contribution on a dollar-for-dollar basis, so your contribution to Museo de los Santos Inc d/b/a MUSAN will be especially important in 2021.

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

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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