What you'll do
Museum Tour + Traditional Bomba Music Party Museo de los Santos is a private museum located just around the corner from La Terraza de Bonanza which hosts Bomba every Monday night. Join us for an overview of the traditional folk art of Puerto Rico in our museum of 'santos' carvings. The curator, Dr. José G. Torres Melendez, M.D., Ph.D. will explain the history & cultural importance of santos as a symbol of Cultural Nationalism and 'post-colonial' identity. The museum tour takes 1 hour. After the tour, we'll walk around the corner to an outdoor bar and food stand to join the fun of a local street party. From this point on, you are on your own for the rest of the evening. Drinks are cheap, the crowd is young and the experience unique! Bomba is a mixture of 3 cultures - Spanish, African and Taino (indigenous Puerto Rican). The base rhythm is played by two or more drums accompanied by an impromptu assortment of other instruments (much like a jazz pick-up band but the focus is percussion). If we're lucky, you'll also see Bomba dancers - who act as the 'conductor' of the musicians and lead drummer or 'Tio' whose job it is to anticipate the rhythm and steps of the dancer. A good Bomba dance is like a competition, where the dancer will use body language and motion to trick the musicians & the crowd roars approval
I'm an AirBnb Superhost and president of Museo de los Santos which is located in the same historic building as my AirBnb suites. Living in Santurce for more than 20 years, I have seen the neighborhood emerge as the leading Arts District in Puerto Rico with more cultural entities than anywhere in the Caribbean. Working as a consultant for hotels & tourism I have helped locals and visitors learn from each other throughout Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
Museum tour is an intro to the history/tradition of Santos. We'll provide soft drinks & tour, then walk around the corner to…
Where you'll be
Museo de los Santos: a private museum dedicated tradition of 'santos' and their importance to the history and culture of Puerto Rico. Our museumr & bomba tour is a way to introduce visitors to The Three Kings and other santos & their importance to the history and culture of Puerto Rico. La Terraza de Bonanza: one of the last traditional 'chinchoros' or 'road house' bars in San Juan. Every Monday night they host Bomba music and dancing.
Keep these in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests ages 2 and up can attend.
You can visit Museo de los Santos anytime with previous appointment and Bomba at La Terraza de Bonanza is open to the public without entry fee. We are holding this weekly event for people who want to combine a visit to our museum with bomba and help raise funds for our new permanent location.
Museum & Bomba Tour: MONDAY NiGHT ONLY!
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