Museums

Museum buffs will find a bevy of opportunities around the Dominican Republic. Santo Domingo’s Colonial City—the first urban settlement in the New World—houses excellent museums providing insight into the Spanish colonial days—from the Alcázar de Colón palace to the Museo de las Casas Reales, where the royal court was housed. The city also boasts a museum complex at Plaza de la Cultura, showcasing history and modern art, while the latest offering in the city is all about Dominican chocolate. In Puerto Plata, you can learn about national heroes and precious stones, while Samaná offers an insightful small museum on its humpback whales, and Sosúa has a fascinating Jewish Museum. La Romana’s Altos de Chavón is home to the most comprehensive display on the Taino at the Regional Museum of Archeology.

Whether covering history, geography, precious stones, chocolate, baseball, rum, family life in the DR, or architecture, among other topics, there’s a museum to fit all ages and interests.

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From Columbus’ 16th century palace to modern art, and independence heroes, museums offer a comprehensive window into Dominican history.

 
 
You’ll learn why the Dominican Republic’s northeastern coast is one of the most important humpback whale sanctuaries in the world. Exhibits include the full, 40-foot skeleton of a humpback whale found in 1993 along the rocky coastline between Santa Bárbara de Samaná and Las Galeras.
Samaná
The Museum of Royal Houses was used as the Spanish Governor’s Royal Court in the 16th century—home to the governor’s palace, the treasury, and the courts of law. Today, the museum offers an informative overview of DR’s history.
Santo Domingo
Some of the DR’s stunning amber stones are displayed here. View closeups of stones containing a near 43-centimeter (17-inch) lizard, a scorpion, a centipede, wasp’s nests, and two beetles mating, all of which date back to 15 to 20 million years
Puerto Plata
The Gregorio Luperón Museum House tells the story of national hero General Gregorio Luperón, recognized leader in the victory of Dominican forces who restored the country’s independence from Spain in 1865.
Puerto Plata
The Mirabal sisters, known for fighting to overthrow former dictator Trujillo, are the country’s beloved heroines, commemorated in part through their home turned museum, in the small town of Salcedo. The museum showcases the Mirabal family’s personal effects.
Santiago
Designed to entertain and educate children and their families, showcasing major educational themes from the Planet Earth and ecology, to human beings, weather systems, and various aspects of Dominican culture.
Santo Domingo
Learn about the industrious Europeans who fled Nazi Europe–after being granted visas from then-Dominican leader and dictator Rafael Trujillo–and started their life anew as cattle ranchers and farmers in Sosúa in the 1940s.
Puerto Plata
Uncover the history of Cuba’s independence! Once the 19th century home of Dominican General Máximo Gómez, the small, single story residence turned museum houses key historical documents related to Cuba’s independence.
Montecristi
The Museo Memorial de la Resistencia reveals the brutal era under former dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo. The collection is a collaborative effort of historians and victims’ relatives, to prevent history from repeating itself.
Santo Domingo
This verdant, gated complex houses a handful of the city’s key museums, including the Museo del Hombre Dominicano, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Natural History, the National Library, and the Eduardo Brito National Theater.
Santo Domingo

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