Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (The Museum of Contemporary Art)
A building full of art collections and architectural surprises that are not to be missed.
Grand artistic quality.
Art lovers are in luck on their visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico as it's surprising that a relatively small city is home to many quality collections of artistic disciplines. The 'Museo de Arte Contemporáneo' has been open since the 1980s, although its present headquarters, which is the 'Edificio Histórico Rafael M. Labra', opened its doors to the public in 2002. The first surprise that you'll find is the contrast between the ancient Georgian arches of the original building from the beginning of the 20th century, with a glass cover in its inner patio that is suspended over eight enormous steel columns. There’s an interesting collection on exhibition here from Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American artists of the mid 20th century onwards, as well as works by emigrated artists who the Museum supports with international exchange programmes and a Documentation Centre with film and printed materials on contemporary art.