DR Culture

Museums

The Dominican Republic boasts a vast variety of important museums filled with precious relics. These museums feature objects and documents that reveal the habits of the Taino ancestors and the colonialists' lifestyles through hundreds of years of social growth that have made the country what it is today.


As the cradle of the new continent, Santo Domingo's museums have the important job of preserving the history of the Americans. As the capital city, Santo Domingo has the most museums in the whole Caribbean and Central American region. They include: The Museum of the Dominican Man, The Museum of Natural History, The Museum of History and Geography, the Museum of the Dominican Family, The Modern Art Museum, the Alcázar de Colón Palace, the Columbus Lighthouse, the Shipyards, the Royal Houses Museum, and the Museums of Duarte, Larimar, Amber, and Porcelain and Numismatics and Philately, to name a few.


Other cities in the country also have important museums that tell the story of the Americas. In Santiago for example, there is the León Cultural Center, which has been listed as one of the best in America because of its permanent exhibitions and seasonal programs; also, there is the Dominican Tobacco Museum, close to the Duarte park.


In Puerto Plata on the North Coast, you will find the largest Amber Museum in the country. You can also explore the Taino Museum to learn about the indigenous heritage of these gentle people. Further north in the city of Montecristi, you can visit the house Museum of Máximo Gómez. A well-known site in the Southeast Coast area in La Romana is the Altos de Chavón, a replica of a 15th century artists village with cathedral and amphitheater that is still used today. On the East Coast in La Altagracia in San Rafael del Yuma, there is the House of Ponce de León. In Samaná, humpback whales return each winter along the North East Coast. You can learn more about their journey at the Whale Museum.


Bellow the photo gallery please find a comprehensive list of Dominican museums. For more information visit: www.cultura.gov.do/dependencias/museos/direcciongeneraldemuseos.htm

 
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León Center, Santiago

Telephone: (809) 582-2315 Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., from Tuesday to Sunday. León Center, a cultural center that is highly respected in the city of Santiago. It offers its visitors not only the best artistic and cultural exhibitions in the country, but also a wide variety of seminars, workshops, film festivals and musical presentations.

 
 
Alcázar de Colón (Columbus Palace) Museum

This building, which displays items belonging to Columbus' family, was built in the 1500s by the son of Christopher Columbus, Diego and his wife.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., from Tuesday to Sunday.

Colonial City in Santo Domingo

Telephone: (809) 682-4750

 
The Royal Houses Museum

This was the seat of the Supreme Court of the Governor of the 16th century. This museum documents the rich history of Santo Domingo with its tapestries, maps and other articles ranging from 1492 until 1821.

 

Las Damas Street, Santo Domingo

Telephone: (809) 682-4202

Hours: daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 
 
Altos de Chavón Archaeological Museum

Casa de Campo (Country House), La Romana

Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., from Tuesday to Sunday.

 

Located on the shores of the river Chavón, this museum houses a collection of more than 3,000 Taino artifacts, the first settlers on the island.

 

 
Museum of the Dominican Family from the 19th Century

Padre Billini Street, corner of Arzobispo Merino, Santo Domingo

Telephone: (809) 689-5000

Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., from Monday to Saturday.

This is a Colonial mansion that was built in 1503, and displays artifacts and personal items belonging to a wealthy Dominican family from the 19th century. Even though its content is fascinating, most of the museum is the house itself, which has the only double Gothic window in all of North and South America.

 
Larimar Museum

This new museum explains the mining and jewelry industries. The exhibitions show the extraction and manufacture processes for larimar jewelry.

 

Isabel La Católica Street #54, Santo Domingo

Telephone: (809) 689-6605

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., from Monday to Saturday

9 a.m. – 1 p.m., on Sundays.

www.larimarmuseum.com

 
Amber Museum, Puerto Plata

This new museum explains the mining and jewelry industries. The exhibitions show the extraction and manufacture processes for larimar jewelry.

 

Isabel La Católica Street #54, Santo Domingo

Telephone: (809) 689-6605

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., from Monday to Saturday

9 a.m. – 1 p.m., on Sundays.

www.larimarmuseum.com

 
Amber Museum, Santo Domingo

Arzobispo Meriño Street #452 corner of Restauración

Colonial City, Santo Domingo

Telephone: (809) 682-3309

 

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., from Monday to Saturday; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., on Sundays.

 
Modern Art Museum

Plaza de la Cultura, Santo Domingo

Telephone: (809) 685-2153

Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., from Tuesday to Sunday.

 
Museum of Dominican Man

Plaza de la Cultura, Santo Domingo

Telephone: (809) 687-3623

Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., from Tuesday to Sunday.

 

Located in the Plaza de la Cultura (Culture Square), this museum has the best pre-Colombian collection of jewelry, religious pieces and sculptures. One of the busiest exhibitions explains the effects of African slavery, with a display of voodoo items and carnival costumes.

 
Trampolín Children's Museum

Las Damas Street, Casa Rodrigo de Bastidas

Colonial City, Santo Domingo

Telephone: (809) 685-5551

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., from Tuesday to Friday

Saturday - Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

This is the only interactive museum in the country for children 4 through 12 years old. It has eight rooms with permanent exhibitions and offers guided tours.

http://www.cultura.gov.do/dependencias/museos/direcciongeneraldemuseos.htm

 
Jewish Museum, Sosúa (Puerto Plata)

This museum is a tribute to the 700 refugee Jews who were received by the then President, Trujillo, in 1938, during the Nazi occupation of Germany. The exhibitions show photographs and objects of interest belonging to the immigrants and the dairy produce manufacture facilities that they created in the town.

 
National Museum of History and Geography

Plaza de la Cultura, Santo Domingo

Telephone: (809) 686-6668

Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., from Tuesday to Sunday.

 

The museum has a complete collection of artifacts that have been contributed along the way of the country's historical journey. The exhibitions focus on the first inhabitants of the Dominican Republic, the North American intervention and its interaction with Haiti.

 
La Isabela historical park

This new museum explains the mining and jewelry industries. The exhibitions show the extraction and manufacture processes for larimar jewelry.