The Museo de Arte de Ponce located in Ponce, Puerto Rico, is one of the most famous and biggest museums not only on the island, but the entire Caribbean. It was founded by former governor Luis A. Ferré and opened its doors in 1965. More than three thousand pieces can be found at the museum with hundreds of paintings, sculptures and prints all displayed between 14 different galleries. The museum is well known for its Spanish and French art collections all housed inside a work of art itself, designed by Edward Durrel Stone.
The museum was created to serve the public through the acquisition, conservation, the study and exhibition of primarily western works of visual art. The Museo de Arte de Ponce promotes the appreciation and enjoyment of the fine arts, its creators and it environment. It also promotes the Puerto Rican cultural heritage to the benefit of today's and tomorrow's generation.