Trip Planner:   Caribbean  /  Puerto Rico  /  San Juan  /  Museums  /  Museo de Casa Blanca

Museo de Casa Blanca, San Juan

(4.1/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full San Juan itinerary
map

Plan your trip to San Juan

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in San Juan by other users

5 days in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Fajardo & San Juan BY A USER FROM CZECH REPUBLIC April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM FRANCE March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in San Juan BY A USER FROM NICARAGUA September, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in San Juan BY A USER FROM NICARAGUA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in San Juan BY A USER FROM CANADA April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO March, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM NORWAY March, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Puerto Rico BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO March, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in San Juan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, kids, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The White House Museum, located in old San Juan in Puerto Rico, is a sample of our heritage and presence of the Spanish island. There remains one of the oldest structures of PR, which served as home to the descendants of the colonizing Juan Ponce de León, as well as American engineers and military personnel. The best views of the Bay of San Juan, as well as part of the historical centre of the city is seen from White House. Its lush gardens are a spectacular beauty. This museum is located near the Cuartel Ballaja and other important architectural structures of the city. The entrance is free of charge and do not forget to take one of the most beautiful photos of our capital city. Welcome
    View original
  • The oldest building in San Juan and was inhabited until the 1960's with no running water/plumbing. (also no public bathrooms). Self guided tour through the rooms but the entrance guy was very friendly...  more »
  • Yes it's run down. Obviously once the government took over that's what happened. However you can still appreciate the historic value, its charm and architectural importance. We talked to the only empl...  more »
Google
  • 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.