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This is the Amber Museum of Puerto Plata. It features a large collection of amber pieces mostly collected in Dominican Republic, but also from other places in the world.

The museum is installed in a charming victorian mansion built in 1900 by one of the wealthiest German families of Puerto Plata, whose business was the export of tobacco, the activity that made the town one of the most cosmopolitan places in the Caribbean in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

The exhibition is well organised, allowing an interested visitor to get a pretty good idea of how the origins of amber and the many variants around the world, of course focusing mostly in the Dominican amber. In some of the halls, the decoration explores the references to Dominican amber in Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" movie.

Amber is a semi-precious stone that resulted from the fossilisation of resin of trees that lived several tens millions years ago. Sometimes leaves, grass, insects and even other small animals can be found inside it. In "Jurassic Park", they obtained the DNA of the dinosaurs from blood found inside insects that had been trapped in sap that then became amber.

I posted two other views of the house as WS's (1, 2)

Location (latitude, longitude): 19.79635,-70.692167

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