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Museo de Casa Blanca, San Juan
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Take in over 500 years of history at Museo de Casa Blanca, once the residence of Juan Ponce de Leon. Originally a fortified residence protecting the conquistadors from indigenous rebellions, today the house museum displays artifacts and elegant furnishings in rooms with sweeping views over the bay. Walk through the lush terraced gardens and visit the adjoining barracks, now an art gallery displaying contemporary work. Friendly, informative staff will happily answer any of your questions, and you can pick up a pamphlet to supplement your visit. To fully appreciate the epic history of the structure, take one of the guided tours offered daily. Add Museo de Casa Blanca and other attractions to your San Juan trip itinerary using our San Juan vacation trip planner.
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  • High ceilings, large windows, views, a terrace, white walls and dark wood furniture = a lovely, historic building. There are few visitors. 
  • Built for PR first governor, Ponce de Leon, Casa Blanca is full of history. Excellent views of the bay and sea. The gardens used to be and attracion but they need a lot of care. 
  • The original house on this site was built as a home for Ponce de Leon, the first governor of Puerto Rico, but he died without ever occupying it. The current house replaced the timber structure that ha...  more »
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  • This is a must place to go! The tickets are cheap around 3 dollars if I remember correctly and there's a lot of stuff panting to see
  • Good place to hang for about an hour. Lots of history.
  • Antonio provided us with a wealth of information about the construction and furnishings. The information panels, in Spanish and English, provide the history of the city from the 1500's to late 1900's. The highlight of our day.
  • It's a self guided tour and while their isn't a lot to see it's definitely worth checking out. The outside garden is beautiful and tranquil and the home itself is an excellent example of old world masonry. Not to mention it's a fantastic piece of history.
  • This museo is a must-visit in Old San Juan if you're at all interested in historical places. The main house on this grounds was built by Ponce De Leon in the 1500s and has been destroyed and rebuilt a couple times. It's free to explore the grounds and the main house even has a few guards that will give you a quick rundown of the main house itself. The grounds are a bit haphazard, but that's to be expected when keeping such an old historical site as intact as possible.