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Amber World Museum
Located in the Colonial Zone, this museum examines how the semiprecious gem amber, which is found in great quantities throughout the Dominican Republic, is created over millions of years from petrified tree resin, how it’s harvested and the unique qualities of Dominican amber.
Calle Arzobispo Meriño, Santo Domingo 10212
Found in shades of white, gray, earth tones, ruby, green, and an array of blues, Larimar is a rare stone existing only in the Dominican Republic. This jewelry factory and museum specializes in beautifully crafted, handmade Larimer products.
Calle Isabel La Católica, Santo Domingo 10210
Naval de las Atarazanas / Naval Museum of the Atarazanas
With exhibits ranging from artifacts salvaged from the wrecked galleon Concepción to studies of the gold, silver and slave trades, this museum offers a fascinating look at the Dominican Republic’s maritime culture in the 17th century.
Calle La Atarazana, Santo Domingo 10212
Museo de Juan Pablo Duarte / Museum of Juan Pablo Duarte
One of the founding fathers of the Dominican Republic, Juan Pablo Duarte, was born here in 1813. Today, his home features personal belongings, furniture, artwork and documents from his life and the country’s struggle for independence.
Calle Isabel La Católica 308, Santo Domingo 10212
Museo de las Casas Reales
Housed in the 16th century building that once served as the Spanish Governor’s Royal Court, the Museum of the Royal Houses examines the voyages of Columbus and features a rich collection of artifacts from sunken ships and colonial era weapons from a wide range of civilizations.
Las Damas. Esq Mercedes, Santo Domingo
Museo Alcazar de Colon
his grand, 22-room coral rock palace on the Ozama River served as the home for Christopher Columbus’s son, Diego, who was the first viceroy of the West Indies. The Colonial era furniture and 16th century works of art tell the story of the palace’s role as the seat of the Spanish court for 68 years.
Plaza de Espana | Off Calle Emiliano Tejera at foot of Calle Las Damas,
El Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana / Memorial Museum of Dominican Resistance
El Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana celebrates the men and women who defied the brutal dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo and his successor Joaquin Balaguer. Exhibits include recreations of torture rooms, dioramas of historic events and a registry for victims of crime and violence perpetrated on behalf of the regimes.
Calle Arzobispo Nouel 210, Santo Domingo 10210
Museo del Ron y la Caña / Museum of Rum and Sugar Cane
Housed inside a beautifully refurbished 16th century building, the Museum of Rum and Sugar Cane tells the story of the Dominican Republic’s rum and sugar cane trade, from the slavery era to the present day.
Calle Isabel La Católica 261, Santo Domingo 10212
Cathedral de Santa Maria / The Cathedral of Santa Maria - Cathedral of Santo Domingo, The First in America
Built from royal palms in 1514, this magnificent stone cathedral now takes up an entire city block. In addition to housing the tombstones of Simón Bolívar, the magnificent interiors feature glorious vaulted ceilings, beautiful stained glass windows, ornate altars and carvings, and several smaller chapels.
Calle Isabel La Católica, Santo Domingo 10210
Iglesia de San Lazaro / Church of San Lazaro
Built in 1650, this church stood next to and gave hope to the patients and families of a hospital that treated people with infectious diseases common to colonial times, including tuberculosis and leprosy.
Calle Las Mercedes, Santo Domingo 10210
Iglesia y Convento Regina Angelorum/ Church and Convent of Regina Angelorum
The first church built in the New World, this late 16th century church was funded by one woman to serve as a monument to the cloistered Dominican Sisters. Along with its grand façade it’s most known for its opulent 18th century altar adorned with the king’s official coat of arms
Calle Padre Billini, Santo Domingo 10210
Panteón Nacional/ National Pantheon
This impressive neo-classical style building resembles a fortress but was actually built in 1746 to serve as a Jesuit church. Today it serves as a mausoleum and monument to some of the Dominican Republic’s greatest heroes, including the assassins of dictator Rafael Trujillo.
Calle Las Damas, Santo Domingo 10210
Lulú Tasting Bar
Located in a centuries-old building featuring a charming brick and garden courtyard, this tapas restaurant showcases delicious, beautifully presented small plates created by acclaimed Italian chef Saverio Stassi. The bar features an array of signature cocktails and there is an Enoteca next door where you can purchase wine to enjoy at Lulú for a reasonable corkage fee.
Centro de Excelencia Cristina Morales Billini, Santo Domingo 10210
Pat'e Palo European Brasserie
This European bistro’s 500-year-old building is said to have housed the very first tavern in the New World. When you dine in the beautiful dining room or on the outdoor terrace overlooking the free cultural performances taking place on the Plaza de España, you will enjoy the contemporary, gastro-fusion cuisine of Italian chef Saverio Stassi.
Calle La Atarazana 25, Santo Domingo 10212
With its fully “Dominican blooded” cuisine, ambience and customs, this self-proclaimed “party restaurant” is where you will feel “100% Dominican” no matter where you happen to be visiting from.
Parque Colon, Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo 10210
La Cassina Restaurant
Shibuya Ichiban Restaurant
One of Santo Domingo’s more upscale malls, Blue Mall caters to high-end shoppers with stores that include Louis Vuitton, Faconnable, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Adolfo Dominguez, Armani Exchange, Carolina Herrera, Desigual, Geox and more. Shoppers will also find several cafés, a food court and a movie theater.
Av. Winston Churchill 80, Santo Domingo
The Dominican Republic’s first eco-friendly mall includes 180 shops, including many international big name brands like Guess, Levi’s and Tommy Hilfiger, along with nearly 30 restaurants, a movie theater and an indoor amusement park called ScreamLand.
Av. John F. Kennedy esq. Av. Abraham Lincoln
Chu Chu Colonial Tour
Climb aboard the Colonial Chu Chu Train for a guided 45-minute tour through the streets of Santo Domingo where you will hear stories and legends from throughout the city’s 500-year history.
Calle Isabel La Catolica esq Calle El Conde, Santo Domingo
This lush, meticulously maintained botanical garden spans two square kilometers of indigenous flora, aquatic plants, orchids, ferns, palm trees, a Japanese garden and more. There are also exhibits on the Dominican Republic’s mangroves and cloud forests and a dedicated exhibit on Parque Nacional Los Haitises.
Av República de Argentina, Santo Domingo
Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito
Surrounded by the museums and cultural institutions of the Plaza de la Cultura, this world-class performance venue hosts opera, ballet and musical performances throughout the year.
Av. Máximo Gómez 35, Santo Domingo 10204
Padre Billini #256 & 258, Colonial Zone, Dominican Republic
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