Museo de los Santos started as a joint project of Dr. José Torres Melendez, MD,PhD.(Collector/Curator) and Richard Holm, MBA (Caribbean Consulting) to promote the appreciation, understanding and preservation of Santos and the history of Santeros in Puerto Rico.
When Richard moved to San Juan in 1999, he saw José's collection and was surprised that Santos were not very well represented in Museums and Galleries.
During Richard's first visit to the Puerto Rico Museum of Art (MAPR) - he only noticed three santos on display - so he decided to create an online 'virtual museum' where people could learn about the traditional 'household saints' at www.museodelossantos.com.
The collection was housed in the offices of Caribbean Consulting and grew to a point where it became logical to find a dedicated space to house a permanent Museo de los Santos.
To achieve this, Museo de los Santos Inc. was established as a non-profit corporation and granted 501(c)(3) tax exempt status by the IRS and designated as a PR 1101.01 non-profit corporation by Hacienda de Puerto Rico. Our website is now www.museodelossantos.org.
A building has been acquired for a permanent museum at 1673 Ave. Ponce de Leon, San Juan with the help of a private ’bridge loan’ which must be repaid by 2022.
Vision: The new building will provide 3,100 square feet in a multi-level space:
- Secure, climate-controlled area for our permanent collection of more than 400 Santos.
- 1,000 square foot exhibition/event space.
- 1,000 square foot conference/performance space.
- Mini-theater, Research Library, café/catering kitchen, museum shop.
Our vision is to establish an independent, self-sustaining museum, research institute, exhibition space & community center that welcomes government assistance but is self-sustaining over time.