Altos de Chavón Regional Museum of Archaeology

The Altos de Chavón Regional Museum of Archaeology, which opened in 1981 and receives thousands of visitors each year, documents the important Indian legacy of the island of Santo Domingo. The Museum is part of the Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation, a not-for-profit cultural and educational institution that for decades has contributed to the enrichment of the intellectual, artistic, and cultural panorama of the Dominican Republic.

The magnificent collection of indigenous objects in the Museum’s custody was gathered over the course of 40 years by Samuel Pión and consists of more than 3,000 pieces found in the region. These ritual and utilitarian objects demonstrate the cultural evolution of the island’s indigenous societies from the 
preagricultural era until the time of the Taíno, the predominant culture on the island when the Spanish 
conquistadors arrived.