Located in Humboldt Park, in the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (NMPRAC) is the only self-standing cultural institution in the nation devoted to showcasing Puerto Rican arts and historic exhibitions year-round.
Founded in 2001 by members of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community and local supporters of arts and culture, NMPRAC serves as a one-of-a-kind institution that celebrates the best of Puerto Rico’s identity and heritage. Since its inception, NMPRAC has offered a variety of quality community arts and cultural programming, including visual art exhibitions, hands-on community arts workshops, films in the park and an annual outdoor fine arts and crafts festival.
Through a long-term lease with the City of Chicago, the community secured the historic Humboldt Park Stables and Receptory as the home for NMPRAC, a building culturally significant to Chicago and embraced by the many people of Puerto Rican descent who have settled in the Humboldt Park community.
Visitors to the museum will enter through the dramatic brick archway of the original carriage receptory into a magnificent brick courtyard adorned with mosaic artwork depicting the island of Puerto Rico and many of its cultural elements. The courtyard is surrounded on all sides by the unique Queen Anne architectural features of the former stables. Each room in the stables has been transformed into part of a fully functional museum. NMPRAC currently houses two galleries, performance spaces, arts classrooms and curatorial and administrative offices. A second phase of internal renovations is underway and will include a cafe, gift shop and a main gallery. The courtyard serves as the ideal space for art festivals, outdoor performances and rentals for private events.
NMPRAC gives people from all walks of life an opportunity to be inspired by the power of artistic tradition, allowing guests to explore and appreciate the incredible beauty, intensity and tradition of Puerto Rican art and culture.