Somehow I managed to get another post out in a week, although it is extremely short. I was debating whether to do a write up on it or not as the place is more pseudo-museum than an actual museum, but I figured, why not, I’ll just post it in between the regular schedule. Without further ado…
ChocoMuseo Santo Domingo, located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
The ChocoMuseo Santo Domingo is open daily from 10am to 7pm and admission to the museum is free. The ChocoMuseo is located in the Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo, and is easily accessible via walking if you are already in the area. If you are elsewhere, take a taxi to the Colonial Zone. The ChocoMuseo is a combination store-museum (Santo Domingo seems to have several of them), which means that the store generates most of the income, and the museum is a fun bonus (as opposed to traditional museums that generate income through admission and the museum store is another asset). The store-museum also offers a 2 hour chocolate making workshop where visitors can make their own chocolate bar from cacao beans; the workshop is 25USD.
The museum is essentially a one room space with postings on the walls and some items on display. Visitors can learn about the history of chocolate; I learned that cacao was used to make beverages by the Mayans and the Aztecs, but chocolate wasn’t introduced to Europe until the 16th century. In addition, the museum gives an overview of how a chocolate bar is made from cacao beans, and how the various types of chocolate are made by blending varying amounts of chocolate liquor with cocoa butter.
On a side note, my travel buddy and I did the chocolate workshop. It was pretty fun (although a bit awkward as we were the only two, and we aren’t the friendliest people on Earth) to roast the cacao beans and see how it becomes a bar of chocolate. We also sampled some chocolate beverages and also a cacao tea that was delicious.
The museum took me about 10 minutes to go through, and I think most other visitors will take about the same amount of time, as the museum is really tiny. One maybe able to stretch it out if they read everything written out, but it really shouldn’t take more then 30 minutes. The chocolate workshop is a fun activity to do on a rainy day, and will be enjoyed more by adults than children as there is plenty of waiting time involved. The ChocoMuseo Santo Domingo presents some fun chocolate facts to visitors, so visit if you have a chance, drop by, and check out all the chocolate and cacao products.