The Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art, often abbreviated to MAC, is a contemporary art museum in Santurce, Puerto Rico.To visit Museum of Contemporary Art on your trip to San Juan, use our San Juan trip planner.
The museum was founded by artists and sponsors of the civil society and was officially instituted on October 8, 1984 as a non-profit organization. After its incorporation, the Museum offered its services in public spaces like Plaza Las Américas and amongst offices of known contributors.
In 1988, the University of the Sacred Heart granted the museum a provisional home free of charge at the Magdalena Sofía Barat building. After 15 years, the museum officially petitioned the government to grant them the Labra Historical Building in Santurce. On October 20, 2002, the museum and Governor Sila Calderón signed a contract granting the museum the rights for the building.
The museum building is called Rafael M. Labra Building. It was built in 1916 as part of a project from the Paul G. Miller Commission for the construction of public schools in urban zones. The building was designed by architect Adrian C. Finlayson.
The building belonged to the Department of Public Education of Puerto Rico since its construction and in 1987 was registered as the Rafael M. Labra High School on the National Register of Historic Places of the United States government.
Museum of Contemporary Art Reviews
Mostly contemporary art Presented very well. The gardens were lovely. The sculptures were definitely very modern and nicely positioned in the garden. The koy fish were quite beautiful. more »
My wife and I needed to get away from the beach for a bit, so we took a cab over to this Museum. Lovely collection and uncrowded. Certainly good for a rainy day. more »
This museum, set in a beautiful old building which has an open-air courtyard in the center, is filled with several exhibitions featuring some really great artwork. All of it is made either in Puerto Rico, other Latin American places, or people who are descendants of any Latin American countries. You can definitely get more out of it if you speak Spanish, however I still got a lot out of it as an English speaker with no Spanish experience. Highly recommend checking this museum out if you're in the San Juan area!
Had some time to kill before my flight had lunch at China Sun across the street and decided to go in and give the museum a shot. I'm not too keen on modern art but overall the place was good the only bad thing I'd say is that it's too quick of a visit but other than that staff was super nice and friendly building was neat looking and the art was pretty cool.
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