The fort’s restoration and the creation of the museum of Vieques art and history was directed by the Office of Permanent Improvements of the Division of Zone and Historical Monuments of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture between 1989 and 1991. The project was organized by phases with a total budget of approximately three-quarter million dollars.
In the fort’s restoration, the original structures were kept but contemporary elements were incorporated and the electricity was repaired. The museum is on the second story and is divided into four exhibit halls: Cacimar y Yaureibo Indigenous Culture Hall, named after the last Taíno caciques of Vieques, exhibits archeological materials from Vieques. In the Historical Processes Hall, the history of Vieques is presented from the colonial period to the present through documents, photographs, and artifacts. Vieques Architectural Heritage Hall offers a general panorama about the development of architecture in the island-municipality. Finally, the Visual Arts Hall is used to exhibit work by local artists as well as those from the big island, meaning, Puerto Rico. The area under the stairs was made into a store where Puerto Rican records and books are sold, as well as Vieques artisan work. The museum also hosts the Centro Cultural Yaureibo and the Vieques Historic Archive.
Adapted by Grupo Editorial EPR
Original source: Robert Rabín, El Fortín Conde de Mirasol: Notas sobre su historia, 1990. Notes for the history of Fortín Conde de Mirasol and the island of Vieques, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture.
Autor: Grupo Editorial EPRL
Published: September 14, 2010.