The International Museum Day is an exceptional moment for the international museum community. This event coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) takes place every year on May 18 since 1977.

The objective of International Museum Day (IMD) is to raise awareness of the fact that museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples. Organized every May 18 or around that date for more than 40 years, the events and activities planned to celebrate the SID can last a day, a weekend or even the entire week. More and more museums around the world are participating in this worldwide celebration: last year 37,000 museums took part in the event in 158 countries and territories.

Each year the International Museum Day 2019 focuses on a new approach, this year will focus on the new roles that museums play as active actors in their communities.

The theme “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition” focuses on the new roles of museums as active actors in their communities. The role of museums in society is changing, previously considered static institutions, museums are reinventing themselves to be more interactive, audience-centered, community-oriented, flexible, adaptable and mobile. They have become cultural hubs that function as platforms where creativity is combined with knowledge and where visitors can co-create, share and interact.

Did you know that in Altos de Chavón, in addition to the renowned School of Design, the amphitheater, shops, bars, and exquisite restaurants, you can find the Altos de Chavón Regional Archaeological Museum? If you already know him, we believe that this is an excellent opportunity to visit again and bring a friend or family member who has never been here before.

This museum documents the important indigenous heritage of Santo Domingo island (before it was known as Hispaniola, this island was called Santo Domingo). The museum boasts a superb collection of over 3000 pieces found in the region and that have been collected by Samuel Pión over the past 40 years. They display, in chronological order, the evolution of the culture of indigenous societies from the pre-agricultural era to the time of the Tainos, the dominant culture on the island when the Spaniards arrived.

The museum host a wide range of activities, such as conferences, temporary exhibitions, research visits to rural areas and different workshops for tour guides. They also have a special “Discovery Room” for children, where kids have the opportunity to be archaeologists through various educational activities.

Information on the page of the International Council of Museums (ICOM)

Altos de Chavón Regional Archeological Museum

Where: Behind the St. Stanislaus Church
Hours: Every day from 9:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tel: (809) 523-8554
Cost: Free admission