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Venues, Museums, Galleries…
Submitted by dr1guide on August 1, 2009 – 12:17 pmNo Comment

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Museo del Hombre Dominicano
Wide collection of Taino artifacts with sections dedicated to the post-Columbus era and the country’s African heritage. Religious practices, Dominican fiestas and the roots of Dominican music are also on display. Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. Closed Monday. Foreign adults & children RD$75. Av. Pedro Henríquez Ureña, 809.687-3622; museodelhombredominicano.org.do.

Museo de Arte Moderno
Four floors of the museum are dedicated to 20th century Dominican art. The first and fourth floors are reserved for temporary exhibits while the second and third floors feature permanent collections. Tues-Sun 9am-5pm. Closed Monday. Adults RD$50; children from 8-12 yrs. RD$20. Av. Pedro Henríquez Ureña, 809.685.2153 ext. 0.

Museo de Historia Natural
The museum includes exhibits of animals endemic to the island as well as animals from around the world. There are also exhibits of the DR’s famous amber gemstones. Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. Closed Monday. Foreign adults & children RD$100, Planetarium RD$30. Av. Pedro Henríquez Ureña, 809.689.0106.

Museo Nacional de Historia y Geografía
On display are personal belongings of former Dominican dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. The car Trujillo was riding in when he was assassinated in 1961 can be seen at the museum. Av. Pedro Henríquez Ureña, 809.688.6952. Under renovation. Opening date not known at time of publication.

Cinemateca Dominicana
The Cinemateca is Santo Domingo’s art house cinema, screening local and international independent films, as well as sponsoring workshops and annual film festivals.
Ave. Máximo Gómez & Pedro Henriquez Ureña, 809.689.6102; cinematecadominicana.org.

Museo Numismático y Filatélico
Coin and Stamp Museum. On the north side of the street, up from Plaza de la Cultura, this Central Bank museum takes visitors on a tour of the history of currency and stamps in the DR. The stamp collection goes as far back as 1865. A selection of coins salvaged from shipwrecked Spanish galleons is also on display. Mon-Fri 9am-3pm. Free admission. Av. Pedro Henríquez Ureña & Leopoldo Navarro, 809.221.9111 ext. 3662/3712; bancentral.gov.do/museo.asp.

The Zona Colonial

Centro Cultural de España
The Spanish Cultural Center, managed by the Spanish Embassy, is known for sponsoring events highlighting local and international art, artists and culture. Daily 8am-9pm. Calle Arzobispo Meriño & Arzobispo Portes, 809.686.8212; ccesd.org.

Casa de Francia
Built by Santo Domingo’s first governor Nicolas de Ovando in the early 16th century, the building was once home to Mexico’s Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes. The building now houses the French Embassy. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Calle Las Damas & El Conde, 809.695.4300.

Casa de Italia
With the support of the Italian community and Embassy, Casa de Italia is home to the Italian Chamber of Commerce, a school teaching the Italian language that hosts events promoting Italian culture and heritage in the DR. Mon-Fri 8:30am-6pm, Sat 8:30am-5pm. Closed Sunday. Calle Hostos & Luperón, 809.688.1497.

Centro Domínico-Alemán
The Germans also have a center in the Colonial City, running a library, a monthly schedule of film screenings, cultural events and culinary events all year round. Site of the German Chamber of Commerce. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Calle Isabel la Catolica #212 opposite the former Telecommunications Palace, 809.221.8475.

Museo de Larimar
A museum and store dedicated to Larimar, a rare pale-blue colored semi-precious stone found only in the DR. Mon-Sat 8:30am-6pm, Sun 9am-1pm. Free admission. Isabel La Católica #54, 809.689.6605; larimarmuseum.com.

Museo de Porcelana
The major attraction in this museum is artwork made entirely of porcelain. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat- 11am-4pm. Closed Sunday. Foreign adults RD$100; foreign children from 5-12 yrs. RD$50. Calle José Reyes #6, 809.688.4759.

Museo del Ron y la Caña
Present and past rum producers have come together to exhibit a collection of memorabilia of the industry that tells the story of rum and sugar cane production in the Dominican Republic. On the premises is a shop selling several brands of rum and a bar. Mon-Wed 9am-5pm, Thurs 9am-12am, Fri-Sat 9am-2am. Closed Sunday. Free admission. Calle Isabel la Catolica & Restauración, 809.685.5111.

Museo Trampolín
A children’s museum, this facility was built at Casa Rodrigo de Bastidas, a colonial building that dates back to the 17th century. Its exhibits take children on a tour of the universe, planet Earth, the National Parks in the DR and the human body. Tues-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Adults RD$100; children from 2-12 yrs. RD$50. Calle Las Damas, 809.685.5551.

Quinta Dominica
Small cultural space without a permanent collection, with Dominican art and culture as its main focus. Exhibitions are constantly changing. Mon-Sat 9:30am-6pm. Closed Sunday. Free admission. Padre Billini #202, 809.687-5944.

Beyond the Zona

Museo Bellapart
Museum dedicated to well-known Dominican artists with works by Jaime Colson, Luis (Sisito) Desangles, Leopoldo Navarro, Abelardo Rodríguez Urdaneta, Abelardo Piñeyro, Adolfo García Obregón, Enrique García Godoy, Celeste Woss y Gil and Fernando (Tuto) Báez. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-12pm. Closed Sunday. Free admission. Av. John F. Kennedy, Edificio Honda, 5th Floor, 809.541.7721 ext. 296; museobellapart.com.

PreHispanic Art Hall
Sala de Arte Prehispanico. Fundación García Arévalo exhibits a well-preserved collection of aboriginal art and artifacts. Mon-Fri 9am-12pm and 2pm-5pm. Free admission. Av. J. F. Kennedy at the Pepsi Cola offices (Embotelladora Dominicana), 809.620.7777 ext. 234, 235. Call prior to visiting.

Theaters

The Zona Colonial

Casa de Teatro
Casa de Teatro started out as an independent theater in 1974 and has become a haven for emerging Dominican artists. Beyond theater, the Teatro hosts a variety of cultural events including music shows and art exhibitions. Calle Arzobispo Meriño #110, 809.689.3430; casadeteatro.com.

Teatro Guloya
Small theatrical venue featuring local and international theater performances. Calle Arzobispo Portes #205, 809.685.4856; teatroguloya.org.

Teatro las Máscaras
Small intimate playhouse with informal underground performances. Calle Arzobispo Portes #56, 809.687-9788; teatrolasmascaras.net.do.

Beyond the Zona

Teatro Nacional
The theater’s main hall seats 1,589 spectators in its Sala Eduardo Brito and is home to international plays and performers as well as local productions. Formal dress code. Av. Máximo Gómez #35, Plaza de la Cultura, 809.687-3191.

Palacio de las Bellas Artes
The Palace of the Arts is recently renovated home to the National School of Visual Arts, National Dance School, National Ballet, National Symphony Orchestra, Fine Arts Theater, National Folklore Dance Troupe and National Drama School. Av. Máximo Gómez & Independencia, 809.682.1325.

Conservatorio Nacional de Música
The National Music Conservatory’s Sala Juan Francisco García is used for the National Dance Festival, musical recitals and drama performances. Av. Cesar Nicolás Penson & Alma Mater, 809.682.1325.

Cinemas
Cinemas are great value in the DR with weekday shows under RD$150 for recent releases and hovering around RD$250 for weekend showings. The better cinemas are located at the Bella Vista, Diamond, Acropolis, Coral, Megacentro malls and Malecón Center.

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