Museo de las Casas Reales


Museo de las Casas Reales is a cultural monument built during the majestic era in Dominican Republic. This landmark is located in the Colonial district, in Santo Domingo. A great structure which has a strong character and interest in its history, the museum holds assets of cultural importance associated with its architecture that forms an integral part of the values that the museum has to offer to you.

Facade of Museo de Las Casas Reales - Santo Domingo - Dominican Republic 01 © by Adam Jones, Ph.D.

Explore the museum with its fine masonry and lovely cut stones mixed with Gothic-style, Plateresque Renaissance and a quasi-military appearance. The museum’s structure dates back to the 16th century, and was built to house the administrative offices of the Spanish colonies in the Americas. Museo de las Casas Reales is divided into two floors.

On the first floor you will see the Royal Court, which was the first platform of the New World, and on the second floor, is the Captaincy General. The Museum of the Royal Houses or Royal Palaces, as it was called during the colonial era, was actually built to host two palaces, but was later changed. The museum was home to many founding leaders such as; Nicolas de Ovando, Bartholomew Columbus, and Louis Ferrand, among others. The halls of the Royal Court was where many important meetings or parties were held.

Museo de las Casas Reales © by Ulises Jorge

Today, Museo de las Casas Reales is a historical monument that showcases its beautiful colonial architecture. Wander through the 9 rooms in the 2 interconnected buildings. On the first floor you will see the Exhibition Hall, Statue of A. Suazo, the amazing galleries with discovery, conquest and evangelization artwork and smuggling and piracy photographs and displays. While on the second floor you will enjoy the exhibits of Great Hall of Governors and Halls Arms. Step inside the stunning galleries t view the wonderful exhibition themes of Hall Waiting, Ante Dispatch Captains, Historical Ceramología and Military I and II.

Later, you can visit the first cathedral and the island’s first hospital as you stroll down the cobblestone streets. You will also find yourself surrounded by gorgeous Spanish architecture, some of which dates back to the 16th century.

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