Museo de la Música Puertorriqueña Ponce, PR
"...showcases musical genres like the romantic danza, the bomba, and the plena – all of great cultural importance to Puerto Ricans."
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The Museum of Puerto Rican Music, located in the corner of Isabel and Salud streets whithin Ponce’s achingly beautiful Historic Zone, is dedicated to the island’s musical development from Pre-Columbian times onward. It showcases musical genres like the romantic danza, the bomba, and the plena – all of great cultural importance to Puerto Ricans.

Designed by italian architect Juan Bertoli Calderoni, the neoclassical building first served as residence to the grandson of the famous rum producer, Juan Serrallés, and years later became the first location to the world-renowed Ponce Museum of Art.

The building was restored in 1990 by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture to give way to the museum. It now houses an impressive collection of music and instruments that highlight the influence of indigenous, African, and European people to Puerto Rican culture – from handcrafted “cuatros,” a popular four-string variation on the guitar, to the hollowed-out gourd known as the “güiro.”
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