Museo de las Casas Reales/ Museum of the Royal Houses
This museum has artifacts and other historical exhibits on Santo Domingo from 1492 to 1821. It holds pieces from the island's Hispanic period. The most important attraction there is the building itself, originally called Palacio de los Capitanes Generales. Here was located first court house that controlled the New World. More about Casa de Reales building.
Entrance fees: $50 pesos per person / $10 pesos - students / children free with adult / Guides are free but you should give them a tip. (2006)
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 9 to 5, Sunday 10 to 4, Closed Mondays
Duarte, the Padre de la Patria, was born in this modest one story house in January 1813. He is known for his fight for Independence. This museum contains documents and paintings and in the more elegant rooms there is furniture and items from La Trinitaria, the underground movement Duarte founded.
Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday thru Friday. 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M Saturday.
Cost: RD$5.00 pesos
Directions: Isabel La Católica #306 and Vincente C. Duarte, near Plaza España, Cuidad Colonial see the map (number 27)
Museo de las Atarazanas or el Museo Marítimo also called the Marine Museum, housed in a 16th century depot and later a warehouse. It documents the history of many of the famous shipwrecks that happened along the coast of Dominican Republic. It also shows how they have made efforts to recover these wrecks.
There are cannons, coins, pipes, swords and many more treasures found off the coast of Dominican Republic. Included is the wreck and treasure of Guadalupe y Conde de Tolosa that was shipwrecked in Samaná in 1724. There is a wealth of treasures that have been resurrected from the many wrecks that are displayed here. Also documented is information about how life was aboard the Spanish galleons that used these waters hundreds of years ago.
There is so much interesting historical information and trivia here with the signs written in both English and Spanish.
This museum is located in the Casa de Tostado. It has a good collection of 19th-and 20th-century Victorian wicker and mahogany furniture and a beautiful ,green courtyard where you can relax for a time. If you go up the stairs you will have a great view of the Colonial Zone.
Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday thru Saturday. Closed Sundays
Cost: $40 pesos for general public. $20 for Dominicans and $10 for students.(12/2008)
This the house where Christopher Columbus' son, Diego and his wife Maria Toledo (the neice of the King of Spain), lived. Inside this mansion is furniture, many clothing items and home utensils from the era. The furnishings are not the original as this building was in ruins for many years and centuries but they are arranged the same way they were when they lived here. the Palacio Virreinal is a must-see by those who want to learn about Santo Domingo's historical beginnings. The furnishings, supplied by the Spanish government, had to be replaced when most were destroyed by USA gunfire and bombings during their 1965 invasion. History of the Alcázar de Colón.
The museum is open to the public Tuesday to Saturday 9AM – 5PM and Sundays from 9AM to 4PM
This museum is one of the newest in Colonial Zone opening late 2008. This museum is inside a 16th century restored building. You can see the pictures of the original building before reconstruction inside. There are stoves of bronze, a still and all the history of rum making here in Dominican Republic. There are plows and other items for harvesting the sugar cane with some cane growing inside on the open patio. Also included are pictures of the "Roneros" (the men who made the rum) and some old casks filled with the glorious Dominican rum. The front of the museum has all the Dominican rums for sale at reasonable prices. There is also a very nice bar inside where you can enjoy a nice drink of rum or any other drink of your choice (more information in the bar restaurant section).
Trampolín, Museo Infantil / Trampoline, Children's Museum
Trampoline is a children's museum located in one of the older buildings in the Colonial city, Casa de Bastidas. The building has a wonderful patio and restored architect. Their desire in to spark an interest in history and knowledge while making it fun and interesting to the children. It is an interactive place for children to learn about their Universe, Planet earth, Energy, People and Society, Ecology and Ecosystems and what surrounds them. There are rooms for children's workshops, a cinema theater, an outdoor theater, a cafeteria and library services. http://www.trampolin.org.do
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9AM to 5PM, Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 6PM
Memorial Museum of Dominican Resistance / El Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana
The museum, opened May 2011, has on display a collection of more than 160,000 files, photographs, films, objects and books belonging to those who staged the resistance to the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. Using modern audiovisual resources, supplemented with items belonging to the heroes and survivors of the fateful Trujillo years. There are testimonies, recordings, photographs and videos of the fallen, dioramas and models depicting the torture prisons and certain historical events. Also included is restoration and extension of the Jail site 9/ Cárcel del 9 located in the basement area of the restored building. The Museum includes areas such as bathrooms, library, cafeteria, an auditorium and a documentation center. More details on the museum at the Colonial Zone News Blog.
Hours: Tuesday thru Sunday 9:30AM to 6PM
Cost: Adults- RD$200, Children and over 65 - RD$100. Entrance is free the last Sunday of the month (3/2011).
Location: Arzobispo Nouel #210 between Sanchez and Jose Reyes, Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo see the map (number 84)
This state of the art museum is to show the evolution of communications in Dominican Republic from prehistory to the present. There are more than 75,000 collections of audiovisual documents informing visitors of the origin and evolution of radio, television, telephone, telegraph, computers and video games inside.