Whether your style is contemporary, classic, urban, or full of history, Puerto Rico has works of art that will inspire you with the island’s distinct interpretation of Caribbean culture.

For a mix of old and new, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (Museum of Art of Puerto Rico) in San Juan’s artsy Santurce neighborhood features sculptures, paintings, and articles that date back to 17th and 18th centuries. The sculpture garden outside the Museum rivals the beauty of the works inside, including a koi pond and peaceful, park-like green space in the middle of the city. This museum is as much an architectural masterpiece as it is a collection of art.

A short walk from there is the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Puerto Rico Contemporary Museum), which should be on a list of must-sees for any art enthusiast visiting the island. Plan for a few hours to explore its modern video installations, mixed-media work, and architecture.

You’ll find another Museo de Arte in the southern city of Ponce as well, which is filled with works from Europe and the Americas. More classical styles live alongside the works of local artists inspired by Spanish, African, and Taíno roots, which imbues every piece with a unique sense of place.

Puerto Rican art goes far beyond the walls of museums. Visitors will stumble across art wherever they go — in Santurce’s colorful murals, Old San Juan’s cobblestone streets and quaint galleries all across the island.

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