Cibao Valley Sights

Centro León

  • Av. 27 de Febrero 146 Map It
  • Santiago
  • Educational Institution
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 09/11/2016

Fodor's Review

Without question, this is a world-class cultural center for Dominican arts and culture. A postmodern building full of light from a crystal dome, the center includes several attractions, galleries for special exhibits, a sculpture garden, and an aviary. It has a replica of La Aurora's first cigar factory, too. Tobacco money coupled with the Jimenes family's generosity built this wonder. Many visitors are most enthralled with the permanent collection of photography and Dominican art, but temporary art exhibits can also be a draw. There's a first-rate cafeteria and a museum shop, where you can buy high-quality, artsy souvenirs, books, and jewelry. On Friday night there is a free soiree, with live music or a music video (from Spanish pop to R&B), and the café stays open, serving beer, wine, and light fare. It can be a fine way to meet sophisticated Santiagueros who have a high level of fluency in English. It's best to give advance notice if you want a guided tour in English.

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Av. 27 de Febrero 146, Villa Progreso, Santiago, Santiago, 51000, Dominican Republic

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Sight Details:

  • RD$150, guides in English from RD$300; audio guide in English RD$100

Published 09/11/2016


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