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The project of the museum officially began in 1956 when Luis A. Ferré traveled to Europe. There he bought copies of some masterpieces. Those first copies would encourage him to buy seventy one paintings in an auction in New York. In 1959, he opened a museum in a house in Cristina Street in Ponce. Some of these original paintings are still on display in the current museum. Later, Ferré would obtain an section of land in Las Americas Avenue in Ponce, opposite the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. In April 23, 1964 the first stone was placed and the construction of the museum began. It was finished in 1965 and officially opened in December 28, 1965. The building and arquitecture Night view of the entrance and one of the upper level galleriesThe design of the building was made by renowned architect, Edward Durell Stone. One of the main features of the museum is its hexagonal galleries, which allow natural light to pour through its corners bringing a unique illumination to them. That detail was an idea of Ferré. The museum has a total of 14 galleries, two gardens, and an amphitheater. The main entrance with its bifurcated ladders is another of the main features of the museum. The museum is currently undergoing a renovation project to restore and repair parts of the museum which have deteriorated due to time and several hurricanes which passed in the mid-1990s. This project is spearheaded by the Ferre family. The museum has an impressive collection of over 3,000 pieces that range from the 14th to the 20th Century, Italian Baroque, British Pre-Raphaelite, Spanish Golden Age and contemporary Latin-American Art.