Memorial Museum of Dominican Resistance Inauguration

Memorial Museum of Dominican Resistance / El Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana

We have a new museum in the Colonial Zone. This museum will be inaugurated this weekend, May 29, 2011 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the execution of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo (more information on Trujillo) and fall of the dictatorship. The museum is dedicated to all men and women who resisted, fought and defended freedom, justice and dignity of the Dominican people. It is for all including students, teachers, members of the Police and Armed Forces and the general public.

The mission of the museum is to collect, organize, catalog, preserve and exhibit the heritage of the nation. The Resistance Museum gives honor by commemorating the struggles of several generations of Dominicans and Dominican Republic during the Trujillo dictatorship from 1916 to 1966. It is an educational institution that is devoted to educate new generations about the value of life and fundamental human right to freedom, the right to act and express individual ideas without fear of losing his family, dignity or life.

The museum has on display a collection of more than 160,000 files, photographs, films, objects and books belonging to those who staged the resistance to the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. Using modern audiovisual resources, supplemented with items belonging to the heroes and survivors of the fateful Trujillo years. There are testimonies, recordings, photographs and videos of the fallen, dioramas and models depicting the torture prisons and certain historical events. Also included is restoration and extension of the Jail site 9/ Cárcel del 9 located in the basement area of the restored building.

The Memorial Museum of Dominican Resistance was accepted as a member of the International Coalition of Historic Site Museums of Conscience/ Coalición Internacional de Museos de Sitios Históricos de Conciencia, which is a network of museums covering topics such as genocide, human trafficking, state terrorism, totalitarianism, etc., With aim to raise awareness and stimulate dialog on humanitarian and democratic values.

The Resistance Museum will include areas such as bathrooms, library, cafeteria, an auditorium and a documentation center.

Location: Arzobispo Nouel #210 between Sanchez and Jose Reyes, in the Mansion of the Family Vicini, Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo
Contact: 809 563-3463
Director: Luisa Peña

For a map of Colonial Zone and more information about other museums in the Colonial city click the links. All links open in a new window.