A gathering spot of creatives, Casa de Arte sits in the historic center of downtown Santiago, in a renovated Victorian home. The gallery’s rotating display shows Dominican artists’ works, and the venue often hosts live music or theater performances in the evening.
The Mirabal sisters are the country’s beloved heroines, commemorated in part through their home turned museum, in the small town of Salcedo, approximately an hour outside of Santiago. The sisters were known for fighting to overthrow former dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo and were killed for it by Trujillo’s men, which ultimately led to the end of the DR’s most brutal rule. The museum is surrounded with a beautifully landscaped garden, and its interior showcases the Mirabal family’s personal effects, including period furniture within the rooms. There’s a gift shop onsite, as well as a bookstore.