Ricardo Alegría

The founder and director Ad Honorem of Museo de Las Américas

Group of observers studying indigenous pieces obtained from excavations in Puerto Rico by Courtesy of the Ricardo E. Alegria Gallardo Research Chamber, Center for Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the CaribbeanMuseo de Las Américas

To imagine and to dream were not enough for Dr. Ricardo Alegria.

For years he longed to consolidate and culminate one of his dearest projects, the foundation of the Museum of the Americas, a dream fulfilled on October 4, 1992, this being the only Fifth Centennial project in Puerto Rico and the Americas that is still standing and relevant.

“I have dreamt of a museum like this since I was the Director of the University of Puerto Rico’s Museum. It is one of those dreams that never goes away.” Stated by Alegria during an interview in 1992.

Altarpiece La alegria de Ricardo by Edwin BaezMuseo de Las Américas

That day Dr. Ricardo Alegria achieved one of his most cherished dreams, to offer the people of Puerto Rico a museum where American art in all of its expressions could be appreciated.

Dr. Ricardo Alegría during site research, Personal collection of archaeologist Miguel Rodriguez Lopez, From the collection of: Museo de Las Américas
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Dr. Ricardo Alegria reviewing site plan, Courtesy of the Ricardo E. Alegria Gallardo Research Chamber, Center for Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, From the collection of: Museo de Las Américas
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Don Ricardo with indigenous canoe, From the collection of: Museo de Las Américas
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Don Ricardo and master artisan Don Emilio Rosado, From the collection of: Museo de Las Américas
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Don Ricardo by Ramon "Tonito" Zayas and El Nuevo Dia newspaperMuseo de Las Américas

Additionally, the Island then had a museum where national and international tourists had the opportunity to learn about Puerto Rican history, and about many other cultures in the American continents.

Gracias Alegría.

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