Quality Inn El Tuque
3330 Ponce By Pass
Phone: (787) 290-2000
Fax: (787) 290-2002
3330 Ponce By Pass Carretera #2, KM 220.1, Ponce, PR, 00728-1510
- Phone: (787) 290-2000
- Fax: (787) 290-2002
Arts & Museums
Once a very famous coffee, citrus and lemon plantation, the Hacienda Buena Vista is now a wonderful museum owned and managed by the Puerto Rico Conservation. Built in Spanish Colonial Style, the museum gives you all the details of a farmer's life. You will get to see exhibits like the turner wheel and other equipments which were formerly used on a farm. Several guided tours take place in different languages, and taking one transports you back to the farmer's life as it was in the 19th Century. A must visit for all.
In Ponce, this gallery is by far the island's, and possibly the Caribbean's, most notable art spot. Its original collection was donated by local ponceño and former Governor of the island, the laureated Luis A. Ferré. The museum's offerings range from the finest local painters (Oller and Campeche), to fine classics like Lord Leighton's Flaming June. The collection spans 500 years, since the discovery of Puerto Rico, but the museum's array is truly international.
One of the most photographed buildings in all of Puerto Rico, the Parque' Las Bambas is an Arabian-styled red and black striped building located in downtown Ponce. Constructed in 1882 as an industrial and agricultural fair pavilion, the fire house was restored as a museum in 1990 to commemorate the firemen that risked their lives to save the community from the many fires that plagued the city during the 1900s.
The Museo Castillo Serrallés is a former private residence of the Serrallés family. Built during the boom in the sugar industry, the museum is delightful and documents a very vital piece of history of this city. The displayed objects and exhibits reflect the lifestyle of the bygone era. Once you are done touring this fantastic museum step into the pristine gardens for a quiet stroll. Museo Castillo Serralles conducts several unique events and exhibitions regularly which can be checked out on their website. A must visit for all. Check website for the admission prices vary for various spaces.
If you love the traditional Puerto Rican music then Museo de la Música Puertorriqueña is a perfect place to visit if you are in the city. The museum presents an elegant trace to the origin of the music with displays of Spanish, Indian and African musical instruments. Housed inside a Neo-classical architecture that was built in the 19th Century by a renowned city architect, the museum also holds on to memorabilia of composers and musical artists that were instrumental in spread of the local musical genre of Danza, Bomba and Plena across the country. Call or visit their website for more information.
Located inside the historical Salazar-Candal House, the Museo de la Historia de Ponce allows you a peek into the life and the history of the city of Ponce. The museum has several artifacts and knick-knacks reflecting the architecture, commerce and daily life of the locals. This museum also traces the life of Taino Indian from their first settlement in the city to the present. For all history buff heading to this part of Ponce, the history museum is a must visit.