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Amber Museum

Amber Museum © Michael Rhys
Amber Museum © Michael Rhys

An attractive Victorian building in the centre of Puerto Plata on Duarte Street houses the Amber Museum, which showcases a unique collection of valuable Dominican amber. According to experts, the amber found in this region is the most transparent, and therefore the most valued, in the world. Classified as a semi-precious stone, the substance is actually tree resin that has hardened across millennia, often enclosing fossils of plant and insect life. The museum offers guided tours in several languages, and has a shop where a full selection of Dominican amber jewellery can be purchased.

Address: 61 Duarte Street

Website: www.ambermuseum.com

Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9am - 6pm