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Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art

The Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art, often abbreviated to MAC, is a contemporary art museum in Santurce, Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art
(current location since 2002)
LocationJuan Ponce de León Avenue, Esq. Roberto H. Todd
Santurce, Puerto Rico 00936-2377
DirectorMariann Ramírez Aponte
Rafael M. Labra High School
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Location of Labra High School / Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art in Puerto Rico
LocationJuan Ponce de León & Roberto H. Todd Avenues, Santurce, Puerto Rico
Coordinates18°27′00″N 66°04′28″W / 18.450072°N 66.074406°W / 18.450072; -66.074406Coordinates: 18°27′00″N 66°04′28″W / 18.450072°N 66.074406°W / 18.450072; -66.074406
Arealess than one acre
Built1916 (1916)
ArchitectAdrian C. Finlayson
Architectural styleGeorgian
MPSEarly Twentieth Century Schools in Puerto Rico TR
NRHP reference #87001308[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 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.[2]

The architecture is of Georgian style that prevailed during the 18th century in England. Its restoration was in charge of Puerto Rican architect Otto Reyes Casanova and started from 1995 until 2002.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ 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

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