Built inside a 16th century restored building, the Museum of Rum and Sugar Cane is one of the newest museum’s in the Colonial Zone and it opened in late 2008. One can see the pictures of the original building before reconstruction inside.
Within the museum are numerous exhibits showing the history of rum and sugar cane, both its basis in slavery and eventually its transformation to a source of revenue for the island. There are stoves of bronze, a still and numerous other items from the history of rum making in the Dominican Republic, as well as plows and other items for harvesting the sugar cane to make it. Sugar cane can be found growing inside of the open patio.
Also included are pictures of the “Roneros” (the men who made the rum) and some old casks filled with glorious Dominican rum. The front of the museum also has all the Dominican rums for sale at reasonable prices.
If seeing all this rum has made you thirsty, there is a nice bar inside where you can enjoy a rum drink, with all the satisfaction of knowing the history found in your glass.