• Santo Domingo’s Amber Museum

    Ámbar azul dominicano

    The amber is an important part of the Dominican Republic universe in all the historical stages of the Caribbean island. They say that when Cristobal Colón arrived at La Española, he was fascinated by a pair of shoes decorated with the exclusive Caribbean amber. Gift that gave him a tahíno Prince as response to the kindness that the navigator had done before, a Baltic amber necklace.

    The glare that the Dominican amber continues producing in the collectors is unquestionable for many reasons. From the type of fossils founded trapped in drops of resin, to the spectacular color palette that presents this semi-precious stone of vegetable origin.

    Today Santo Domingo houses one of the most important private museums dedicated to Amber from Dominican Republic. We refer to Amber World Museum, located in a magnificent 17TH century colonial House.

    The Santo Domingo Amber Museum offers the visitor a very complete experience about varieties, colors, sizes and history of this attractive stone. They even have a pit to recreate the conditions in which amber extraction occurs.

    The magnificent nature of this island of the Caribbean has favoured amber incomparable with any other. If you can,  look at slices that have come to capture in its interior, apart from the typical insects, scorpions, lizards and frogs; a very valuable fact for science and collectors, which pay real fortunes for these little pieces.

    Also, the chromatic variety is another thing that can be seeing in the Santo Domingo Amber Museum. You may witness the colors of the resins which, apart from the usual yellowish, offer the visitor great reds, the exclusive blue founded only in Dominican Republic and the bright green of the Caribbean.

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    Mar Santiago
    Mar Santiago
    She is a journalist and traveler, specialized in other cultures and countries in conflict. Mar has worked for major media networks as RNE, Diario16 Malaga and EFE.

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