see + do
Puerto Rico 00909
Tel: 787 977 6277
Concierge.com's insider take:
Until recently, most locals had little hope for San Juan's former general hospital. The historic 1920s landmark stood empty for years—until, in 2000, a $55 million head-to-toe renovation transformed the building into the Puerto Rican Art Museum. Preservationists insisted that the structure's original facade and shell remain in place, but behind it, architect Otto Reyes added an elegant, modern glass-and-steel annex with a whopping 130,000 square feet of display space. There's an impressive permanent collection of local and Latin American artists, as well as a 400-seat theater named after the actor Raúl Julia, the island's native son. Be sure to make time for a stroll through the complex's five-acre tropical gardens.
Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesdays 10 am to 8 pm, and Sundays 11 am to 6 pm.