Wax museum, Juan Pablo Duarte
Bone of the national heroes of the dominican republic. Wax museum in honor of Duarte, one of the national heroes of the Dominican Republic.
As part of the development of the first city in the New World, with the confluence of European and local artists’ techniques, the city traditional buildings were inspired by the Spanish architecture. Houses that covered entire blocks and were built with three interior courtyards.
The Duarte family house is an example of this type of architecture. Characterized by a robust structure, the house, built around the years 1760 and placed in the Colonial City, 308 Isabel La Católica street, surprises the visitor for its attractive novel approach. Now, besides walking around its bordering places, you can stop to gaze at the waxed figures.
Julio Cortázar wrote: "I think of forgotten gestures, the many waves and words of grandparents, gradually lost, not inherited, fallen one after another from the tree of time." For six months, a technical team of 100 people in charge of the Office of Supervisors Engineers for State Works, made up of artists specialized in the preparation process of these works, experts in the face and human body modeling, has made possible, after 140 years from Juan Pablo Duarte death, to meet his parents, Juan José Duarte and Manuela Díez, and his brothers Rosa, Francisca, Filomena, Sandalia, Vicente and Manuel.
Taking a look at the history of the Dominican Republic as from the realism of the wax figures, that capture special relevant moments of Juan Pablo’s history who was born in Santo Domingo on January 26, 1813 and despite not being the first born, became the main character of the family since his parents and brothers supported him in all his patriotic and political activities. Even in the most difficult moments when the landowner Pedro Santana, who considered Duarte’s independence ideas to be unfeasible, expelled him from the country.
With hieratic and inert appearance, more than 80 real size figures relive the most extraordinary situations of the different times lived by the founder of the Dominican Republic.
In Santa Bárbara church, located in Isabel La Católica street, creole hands have shown from his baptism, his teachings as a teacher in the Atarazana School, the Oath of the Trinitarians, his opposition to the French protectorate, his exile for political reasons and his twenty years of exile in Venezuela, his meeting with Espaillat in Santiago de los Caballeros, to its death like precursor of the National Independence in Caracas.
Visitor are moved by wax works as the scene when Juan Pablo, at the age of 16, is on the ship that would take him to Europe, while he and the captain of the ship were arguing over, in the presence of his tutor Pablo Pujol, the need to have an independent nation.
The museum also houses a museography room where 13 didactic dioramas and more than 60 pictures allusive to the independence process are displayed. In its auditorium with a capacity for 200 people, several lectures take place. Outside the museum, a lush garden shows different high reliefs that evoke the independence of the Dominican Republic. Figure sculpture in wax and art that invites us to live a different cultural experience in the city of Santo Domingo.