Top ChoiceMuseum in Santiago

Centro León

This large, modern museum, built with the tobacco wealth of the León Jimenez family, is a world-class institution with an impressive collection of paintings that trace the evolution of Dominican art in the 20th...

Factory in Santiago

La Aurora Parque Industrial

This is the oldest and most prestigious cigar factory in the country, with a brand-new showroom and personable tour guides. Exhibits in the showroom explain the process, from planting tobacco seeds all the way to...

Church in Santiago

Catedral de Santiago Apóstol

Santiago’s cathedral, opposite the southern side of Parque Duarte, was built between 1868 and 1895 and is a combination of Gothic and neoclassical styles. The cathedral contains the marble tomb of...

Gallery in Santiago

Casa del Arte

This small gallery displays Dominican painting, photography and sculpture. Some nights of the week a film club meets to screen art-house and Hollywood flicks (with free admission). There’s sometimes live music...

Notable Building in Santiago

Centro de la Cultura de Santiago

Though not much to look at from the outside, the Centro de la Cultura de Santiago, a half-block from Parque Duarte, offers a regular program of musical and theatrical performances, including plays, choral...

Museum in Santiago

Fortaleza San Luis

Built in the late 17th century, the Fortaleza San Luis operated as a military stronghold until the 1970s, when it was converted into a prison. Renovated in 2004, it now houses a small museum, with an emphasis on...

Museum in Santiago

Palacio Consistorial

On the western side of Parque Duarte is the former town hall and a small museum devoted to the city’s colorful history. If you’re here during Carnival, don’t miss the huge and stunning display of masks and fichas...

Factory in Santiago

La Flor Dominicana

A cigar factory in Tamboril that offers free tours to anybody who shows up. It's off Calle Real Tamboril.