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Palace of Fine Arts

See inspiring dance performances, browse fine arts exhibitions and admire dramatic neoclassical architecture in Santo Domingo’s cultural center. 

The Palace of Fine Arts provides a home for dance, theater and art exhibits in Santo Domingo. Take a moment to appreciate the cultural wealth of the city as you walk around the large grounds of the palace or attend one of many events and exhibitions held throughout the year. 

The palace was built in 1956. Today it is an impressive monument to the city’s arts scene. 

Bring your camera to capture the building’s neoclassical façade. Simple columns, modern windows and a domed roof are given a distinct Caribbean flavor by the pastel color scheme of beige and bright blue. Get the best views of the building from the lawns out front, which are adorned with palms and rose gardens.  

The Palace of Fine Arts houses a number of Santo Domingo’s main art institutions, including the School of Visual Arts. Browse exhibitions and retrospectives of the Caribbean’s most influential artists.

Book a ticket for a dance performance from the Folkloric Ballet or the National Dance School. Listen to classical music at shows by the National Choir or the National Symphony Orchestra. Drama enthusiasts won’t be disappointed, with frequent acts performed by the Fine Arts Theater. Book tickets to performances in advance online or over the phone. 

The palace is located close to El Malecon, the city’s oceanfront promenade. Stroll along the boardwalk before or after your visit to enjoy an ice cream in a park, see a movie at a local cinema or sing in karaoke bars at night. Restaurants and bars line the boardwalk serving local dishes and international cuisine. 

Access the Palace of Fine Arts on foot from around the Santo Domingo port. The cultural hub is a short walk from the Guibia Public Beach. Admission is free, although individual performances charge entry.


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Catalonia Santo Domingo $85
Catalonia Santo Domingo

Catalonia Santo Domingo

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    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Ciudad Universitaria, this luxury hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Convention Center Ministry of Foreign Affairs and within 3 mi (5 km) of National Palace and Centro Olimpico. Cathedral of Santo Domingo is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away. Amin Abel Station is 11 minutes by foot and Joaquin Balaguer Station is 13 minutes.

    Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino $91
    Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino

    Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino

    Avenida George Washington 367, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Gascue, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mercado Modelo, Cathedral of Santo Domingo, and Parque Colon. National Pantheon (Pantheon Nacional) and Colon Lighthouse and Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km). Joaquin Balaguer Station is 20 minutes by foot and Amin Abel Station is 27 minutes.

      El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel $94
      El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel

      El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel

      Ave Sarasota 65, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Santo Domingo, this luxury resort is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Acropolis Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Blue Mall and Embassy of the United States Dominican Republic. Convention Center Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Eduardo Brito National Theater are also within 3 mi (5 km). Heroes Center Station is 19 minutes by foot and Francisco Alberto Caamano Deno Station is 23 minutes.

        Barceló Santo Domingo $68
        Barceló Santo Domingo

        Barceló Santo Domingo

        Maximo Gomez-Esq 27 de Febrero, PO Box 1915, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Miraflores, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museum of Modern Art and Museum of the Dominican Man. Eduardo Brito National Theater and Centro Olimpico are also within 1 mi (2 km). Juan Bosch Station is 17 minutes by foot and Coronel Rafael Tomas Fernandez Station is 18 minutes.

          Sheraton Santo Domingo Hotel $116
          Sheraton Santo Domingo Hotel

          Sheraton Santo Domingo Hotel

          365 George Washington Avenue, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Gascue, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of El Obelisco Macho and Embassy of the United States Dominican Republic. Hostos Park and Palace of Fine Arts are also within 1 mi (2 km). Joaquin Balaguer Station is 22 minutes by foot and Casandra Damiron Station is 28 minutes.

            Courtyard by Marriott Santo Domingo $75
            Courtyard by Marriott Santo Domingo

            Courtyard by Marriott Santo Domingo

            50A Maximo Gomez Avenue, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Santo Domingo, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Museum and National Palace. Parque Colon and Cathedral of Santo Domingo are also within 3 mi (5 km). Casandra Damiron Station and Joaquin Balaguer Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Hotel Riazor $53
              Hotel Riazor

              Hotel Riazor

              Av. Independencia No. 457, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Gascue, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palace of Fine Arts and Embassy of the United States Dominican Republic. Plaza de la Cultura and National Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Joaquin Balaguer Station is 8 minutes by foot and Amin Abel Station is 15 minutes.

                Mauad Hotel Boutique $47
                Mauad Hotel Boutique

                Mauad Hotel Boutique

                Calle José Maria Heredia, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Gascue, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of National Museum, National Palace, and Cathedral of Santo Domingo. Parque Colon and Centro Olimpico are also within 3 mi (5 km). Joaquin Balaguer Station is 12 minutes by foot and Casandra Damiron Station is 20 minutes.