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Museo de Casa Blanca

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Address: Calle San Sebastian 1 | Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Wed - Sun 08:00 - 16:30
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Built in 1521 as a home for Governor Juan Ponce de Leon, today this...

Built in 1521 as a home for Governor Juan Ponce de Leon, today this historic landmark contains two interesting museums of Indian and colonial artifacts.

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One of the nicest stops in San Juan

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Eduardo B
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Miami, Florida
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

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 employee. A young man who is passionate yet a little ashamed that the place isn't as maintained as he would like. We also spoke to a volunteer who tries... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is worth a visit. Entrance $3 pp is well worth it. Please note, they close over lunch for an hour. The original house was built in 1523 and expanded about 12 times with well documented history. Some rooms with historic furniture and nice garden. Not overrun by tourists and a nice stop along your trip through Old San... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With incredible views of Old San Juan and the sea from the balconies combined with some real history of the transformation of Puerto Rico, Casa Blanca was one of the best places we visited in Old San Juan. We learned of the life of Ponce de Lean - a window into the world of colonial Puerto Rico and its affects... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This is an inexpensive attraction, but not a must-see. The views are nice. Take a camera. The gardens are nice, but the fountains are not running. The history is interesting.

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

When we were there,, there were signs on the doors that made it sound like this place has been closed and may not reopen – check on this before you go.

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Castleton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

We stopped by here accidentally. So many cats!! The grounds are beautiful. A very cool old building, worth the $3 admission.

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Maysville, Ky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Took a walk around Old San Juan and ended up here. It was peaceful and quite. The Christmas decorations provided a nice example of the area culture.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

High ceilings, large windows, views, a terrace, white walls and dark wood furniture = a lovely, historic building. There are few visitors.

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Ponce, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

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.

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Duncanville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

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 had been there, and was modified many, many times over the centuries. The house serves as a museum, not just of the early days... More 

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