Dominican Republic Museums
The Dominican Republic Museums boast a vast variety of important relics,
objects and documents that reveal the country’s history from customs and traditions of
the Taino ancestors, the Spanish conquerors and the colonization period up to the present.
The Dominican Republic, as the cradle of the new continent, has the important task of
preserving the history of the Americas.
Colón Lighthouse Museum is a monument to the memory of Christopher
Columbus with a museum based on the history of the discovery of the Americas, colonization
and evangelization. It also has a mausoleum where the ashes of Christopher Columbus rest.
The Royal Houses Museum was the seat of the Supreme Court of the Governor in
the 16th century. It exhibits tapestries, maps and other articles ranging from 1492 to
1821and paintings and furniture of the period that show the luxurious lifestyle of the
Spanish elite, while a collection of weapons shows how the Tanios were conquered.
Considered the best of all the Dominican Republic Museums, the Museum
of the Dominican Man has the best collection of pre-Columbian items that reveal the
complexity of indigenous art in the shape of jewellery and religious pieces and sculptures.
It also shows the impact of African slavery on culture with an exhibition of carnival
costumes and a model of a voodoo altar.
The Dominican Republic Museums honour the freedom fighter Pablo Duarte (1813–1873),
Father of the Nation, in Juan Pablo Duarte Museum, a modest house where he
was born. The museum exhibits documents, paintings and fine furniture and iconography
related to Duarte’s underground independence organization, La Trinitaria.
The National Museum of History and Geography exhibits a collection that
covers everything from Taino life to the US occupation, with an emphasis on struggles with
Haiti and the excesses of the Trujillo period.
The Museum of the Dominican Family from the 19th Century is situated in
a 1503 mansion that contains the only double Gothic window in the Americas
and the furniture and personal effects of a nineteenth century wealthy family in Santo
Another important Dominican Republic Museum is the Modern Art
Museum in Santo Domingo that demonstrates the vitality and range of contemporary
Museum of NiñoTrampolín is a special museum that allows
children to learn in a modern and fun space. It has gardens, movie theatre, library,
craftwork expositions and interactive activities.
The Amber Museum houses a unique collection of the world’s most
transparent amber in the world, enclosing preserved plants and animals in prehistoric tree
In the Larimar Museum you will learn about the process of mining and shaping
the semi-precious blue stone into exquisite jewellery.
The Museum of the Foundation Garcia Arevalo is an interesting collection of
pre-Hispanic art. The museum has the most complete collection of the Taíno culture in
the Caribbean and Pre-Columbian archaeology.
Other cities in the country also have important museums. In Puerto Plata, Sosúa,
another Dominican Republic Museum, the Jewish Museum, is
an interesting place to visit as it is a tribute to the 700 refugee Jews who arrived at the
Dominican Republic in 1940, during the Nazi occupation of Germany. Some other museums in
Puerto Plata are San Felipe Fortress that exhibits the military
life of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the Museum of Taino Art
on the pre-Columbian archaeology
La Romana, a well-known site in the Southeast Coast area has the Amber and Larimar
Museum as well as the Archaeological Museum in Altos de Chavón,
with a collection of indigenous objects, more than 3,000 pieces found in the region. The
Cueva de las Maravillas has the most important sample of rock art, 276
pictographs, left by Taino people in the Caribbean. In Villa Mella you can visit he Museum
Confraternity of Espíritu Santo de los Congos. Its mission is
conservation, research, exhibition and dissemination of national intangible heritage
In Santiago the Museum of Fine Arts, Pre-Columbian Archaeology and Local
History is an interesting exhibition of pre-Columbian and colonial archaeology.
Also, in Monte Cristi, you will find Máximo Gómez Museum, a
private museum on the life and work of General Máximo Gómez, a hero of the
Cuban independence. In Samaná, humpback whales return each winter along the North
East Coast. You can learn more about their journey at the Whale Museum