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(current location since 2002)
|Location||Juan Ponce de León Ave. at Roberto H. Todd Ave.,|
Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
|Director||Mariann Ramírez Aponte|
Rafael M. Labra High School
|Location||Juan Ponce de León & Roberto H. Todd Avenues, Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Adrian C. Finlayson|
|MPS||Early Twentieth Century Schools in Puerto Rico TR|
|NRHP reference #||87001308|
|Added to NRHP||August 4, 1987|
The museum was founded by artists and sponsors of the civil society and was officially instituted on October 8, 1984 as a non-profit organization. After its incorporation, the Museum offered its services in public spaces like Plaza Las Américas and amongst offices of known contributors.
In 1988, the University of the Sacred Heart granted the museum a provisional home free of charge at the Magdalena Sofía Barat building. After 15 years, the museum officially petitioned the government to grant them the Labra Historical Building in Santurce. On October 20, 2002, the museum and Governor Sila Calderón signed a contract granting the museum the rights for the building.
The museum building is called Rafael M. Labra Building. It was built in 1916 as part of a project from the Paul G. Miller Commission for the construction of public schools in urban zones. The building was designed by architect Adrian C. Finlayson.
The building belonged to the Department of Public Education of Puerto Rico since its construction and in 1987 was registered as the Rafael M. Labra High School on the National Register of Historic Places of the United States government.
Today, the museum's collection consists of art from the mid-20th century to today from artists in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Latin America, such as Myrna Báez, Daniel Lind-Ramos, and Noemí Ruiz.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
- Rigau, Jorge (March 16, 1987). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Rafael M. Labra High School" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-11-16. Photos
- Mac Web Site. Retrieved 7/29.19.