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Centro Leon

Avenida 27 de Febrero # 146 | Villa Progreso, Santiago de los Caballeros 51000, Dominican Republic
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Centro Leon is a nonprofit institution that belongs to the Eduardo León Jimenes Foundation, which opened its doors in 2003. It's a cultural center that houses four exhibition rooms, a media library, an auditorium, multipurpose lounges, a Caribbean menu cafeteria sand a shop where you can buy selected products, related to and prepared by national art crafters and from the Great Caribbean. In the gardens there's a collection of sculptures, native and endemic plants, with birds and reptiles that make an aviary their home. Besides meeting the standards set by the International Council of Museums and the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization, Centro León carries out a vary of programs and projects related to art, culture and environmental topics, that benefit community development throughout the strengthening of three central focuses: creativity, identity and habitability. Thanks to the cooperation of private donors and partnerships arranged with responsible businesses and cultural institutions in the country and from the world, Centro León works for the Dominicans in a Caribbean context through art and culture. Receives 66,000 visitors on average each year and in its first decade has executed more than 90 national and international exhibitions, not to mention the more than 2,500 public activities that have been organized so far.
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Avenida 27 de Febrero # 146 | Villa Progreso, Santiago de los Caballeros 51000, Dominican Republic
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

Visiting this place you can know the history of the island from the civilization until now, you can know the culture , the people , the island. Is really interesting

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DanielaCruzG, Encargada de Generación de Contenidos at Centro Leon, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2017

We are really happy that you could enjoy your time at our place!

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Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

I went with my boyfriend during our stop in Santiago. This is a very well organised museum. Displays are really interesting and interactive. Definitely worth a visit to see how the culture of the island developed. My only improvement would be to have some extra...More

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DanielaCruzG, Encargada de Generación de Contenidos at Centro Leon, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

I hope you enjoyed the visit. The texts on the exhibitions are in Spanish but we have audio guides in English, French and Creole, too. This audio guides are available for all current exhibitions.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

It seems counter-intuitive to go to the tropics and head for a museum instead of the beach! But going to Centro Leon is not like going to your typical museum--in fact, one of the guides told me that the founders did not want people to...More

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DanielaCruzG, Encargada de Generación de Contenidos at Centro Leon, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

That is our motivation. It is a pleasure to read such a beautiful experience around the exhibitions we have. Last week we oppened a new exhibition called Treasures of Taino Art. It will be open until March 2018!

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Reviewed 15 October 2017

This is a beatiflul place where you can have a broad understanding regarding dominican culture, high lighting the art, music, and history.

Thank Elvira R
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DanielaCruzG, Encargada de Generación de Contenidos at Centro Leon, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

We appreciate your comments about the cultural center. And we hope you have enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

I love this place, they always have new exhibitions or something going on; you can visit its permanent exhibits so that you may understand the dominican culture a little better. I love to visit its store, which have stuff made by local artists, and they...More

Thank Mafer1964
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DanielaCruzG, Encargada de Generación de Contenidos at Centro Leon, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

We are very thankfully and also hope you enjoy every time you came to our museum. Do not miss our current temporal exhibitions about archaeology and visual arts.

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

These is the most interesting place to know about dominican culture at Santiago. You'll get artistic paintings and photographic expositions, music and museum culture details. You'll have typic nice food at excellent price with nice environment. Also you can buy the best souvenirs to take...More

Thank Maria N
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DanielaCruzG, Encargada de Generación de Contenidos at Centro Leon, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Hi Maria. We appreciate very much that you enjoyed all of our spaces, from the museum to the gift shop. About Dominican people, we are openning in October 2017 a new exhibition called Tesoros del Arte Taíno (Treasures of Taíno Art). We hope you can...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2017

I visit the Museum every time I come to Santiago. The Museum grounds are beautifully kept. It's a pleasure just to sit on the grounds and enjoy the peacefulness of the area. They have 2 permanent exhibits halls and a temporary exhibit hall. At the...More

Thank Marcella F
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DanielaCruzG, Encargada de Generación de Contenidos at Centro Leon, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2017

Hi Marcella. Great to know you have enjoyed our latest exhibition from Mexico. Thank you for coming all the time. We hope having a new exhibition for the next time you come back to Santiago.

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Reviewed 10 August 2017

The Centro Leon is the site of a now closed working cigar factory including a "reader"/ BUT it is still a don't miss place to visit in Santiago. There is a permanent Santiago and Dominican history and frequent changing art exhibits of some first class...More

Thank Pete W
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DanielaCruzG, Encargada de Generación de Contenidos at Centro Leon, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Hi Pete! Thanks for your comment. I guess you've been here many years ago, when we had the cigar exhibition about La Aurora Factory. In these days, you can enjoy art exhibitions but also to buy La Aurora cigars in our gift shop.

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Reviewed 10 July 2017

When I was there they had an awesome Dali exhibit. 1 room was purgatory, 1 was heaven and you can guess they other. Some of the art in the main museum is really good. Dominicana people are quite talented. Nice little museum store with good...More

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DanielaCruzG, Encargada de Generación de Contenidos at Centro Leon, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Hi Gopkrs! We are very happy that you met our Dali exhibition, few months ago. Also we hope you could be here for new temporary exhibitions. Thanks for your comment.

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Reviewed 7 May 2017

We learned explored the history, culture and art of the Dominican Republic. We were thrilled to see the "Dali Illustrating Geniuses: The Divine Comedy" exhibit. We also had lunch in the cafe which was terrific as well.

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DanielaCruzG, Encargada de Generación de Contenidos at Centro Leon, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Hi Maine! Thank you for your comments. We hope you enjoyed your visit. Come back soon!

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Jane S
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Hi Jane. The entry cost is 150 pesos per adult and 100 pesos per children. From Wednesday to Sunday. The entry is free on Tuesday.
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