Centro Leon, Santiago de los Caballeros

Art Museum · Hidden Gem · History Museum
Aiming to preserve Dominican art and culture through educational programs, the Eduardo León Jimenes Foundation established Centro Leon in 2003 as a nonprofit institution and cultural center. The center encompasses three permanent exhibitions with the main focus on identity, habitability, and creativity in the Dominican Republic, and a variety of artistic workshops and learning courses, as well. Pay a visit to the center's auditorium, multipurpose lounges, media library, and Caribbean-menu cafeteria, and then go for a walk through the garden and enjoy the view of endemic plants and a collection of sculptures. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Santiago de los Caballeros holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Centro Leon and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Centro Leon is one of the finest cultural places in the city. It offers a great quality museum that showcases tradicional culture, history, ecosistem and art. Also has a tobbaco museum, cafeteria...  more »
  • I enjoy visiting this museum. The permanent exhibitions are so real to what we are as a country, the temporal exhibits are out of the ordinary. This museum offers a variety of topics to discover...  more »
  • A must see activity right now in Santiago and in the Centro Leon is the exibhition of the world famous designer Oscar de la Renta. In their world class presentation they have iconic dresses wared of.....  more »
  • THE cultural center of Santiago. Created and operated by the private sector. Nice example of social involvement.
  • Very beautiful, modern art exhibits. It somehow reminded me of MoMA Also. Well organized and clean. Friendly, helpful staff. Only complaint: a bit overpriced cafeteria, for just ok food.
  • i love this place ! best musuem in the Dominican Republic!
  • Surprisingly nice art and anthropology museum. It isn't as big as you think it would be.
  • This is one of the best art center and museum in the Dominican Republic. Founded by one of the richest family, which make their extraordinary incomes with production and selling of world famous Dominican cigars. But each Dollars they win with your smoking pleasure it's worth to see in this nice place. The architecture is a little bit modern from the last century and from outside it's look like a supermarket ... but inside they have 2 levels of exhibition. The ground floor has a very nice permanent exhibition about the island Hispaniola and the DR too. Also there is one room for the collection of Centro Leon. At the second level they have monthly changing special exhibitions of several artists. Sometimes they make a large one about all the actual art in DR. The Centro Leon has also a nice museum shop and a good restaurant too. Due the month there are several evening events for the local in-crowds and pseudo-bohemians. But you as an worldtraveller will enjoy the fine and quiet place!

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