Museo de las Casas Reales

Museo de las Casas Reales information

Santo Domingo , Dominican Republic
Address
Street Las Damas
Telephone
+1 809 682 4202
Prices
admission RD$50
Opening hours
9am-5pm Tue-Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Built in the Renaissance style during the 16th century, this building was the longtime seat of Spanish authority for the entire Caribbean region, housing the Governor’s office and the powerful Audiencia Real (Royal Court), among others. It showcases colonial-period objects, including many treasures recovered from Spanish galleons that foundered in nearby waters. Several walls are covered with excellent maps of various voyages of European explorers and conquistadors. Each room has been restored according to its original style, and displays range from Taíno artifacts to dozens of hand-blown wine bottles and period furnishings. Also on display is an impressive antique weaponry collection acquired by dictator/president Trujillo from a Mexican general (ironically, during a 1955 world peace event); you’ll see samurai swords, medieval armor, ivory-inlaid crossbows and even a pistol/sword combo. One of the more interesting museums, partly because of its history and the high quality of its exhibits.