SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. Puerto Rico is known for beautiful weather and beaches, but in the city of San Juan the beaches are overruled by the rich history. Visiting the many museums in San Juan can make for a great day trip. In between eating, visiting the beach and sightseeing, stop at one of the following museums to learn about the art, artifacts and the history of this commonwealth.

1) El Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (The Museum of Art of Puerto Rico)

This Art Museum is full of seventeenth century art and is one of the biggest museums in the Caribbean with over 24 rooms of exhibitions. There are guided tours available (no appointment necessary), but if you would like to look around at your own pace that is fine tool. The website is always updated with Current Exhibitions, and Future Exhibitions.

Hours: Tues–Sat 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Wed 10Am-8PM, Sun 11 a.m.–6 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays.

For more information such as Calendar of events and directions, click here.

Student entree fee: $3.21.

2) La Casa del Libro (The book house)

For book lovers, La Casa del Libro is for you. With books from as early as the fifteenth century, this museum is sure to keep you entertained while learning about the history of Puerto Rico. Besides the exhibitions of books, there is also a shop where you can buy posters, books, art from locals and other items related to the exhibits and history explained in the museum.

Schedule a guided tour by calling: 787-723-0353.

Entrance fee: Free

Hours: Tues–Sat. 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the official website here.