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“Great museum.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tainopark

Tainopark
Carreterra Sanchez Samana | Los Robalos, Dominican Republic
+1 829-693-4267
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Type: History Museums
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Owner description: Tainopark is the biggest historic park in the Caribean. A huge reproduction of the Tainos's life and the confrontation with the spanish conquerors. An incredible scenographia with figures in Fiber glass at the real scale. A trip in the past of more one hour. You seems to be in a movie of these time. Culture and attraction for a unique concept of thematic park.
Quebec City, Canada
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“Great museum.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We travelled around DR with our 5 kids aged between 1 and 8 years old. Tainopark was one of my favorite place that we visited. It is very informative and interesting. You walk around 25 displays depicting the everyday life of the Tainos and the arrival of Christopher Columbus. The kids enjoyed it and so did the parents. Well worth paying the entry fees.

Visited March 2014
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We were not sure if we wanted to do this but we were really glad that we did. It was a very informative and comfortable display

Visited March 2014
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Ponoka, Canada
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“Well presented and worth the admission”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This was easily the most interesting place we visited in the DR. While listening to the history on ipods (which came in 5 different languages) while walking in the park from station to station we learned more than we had in the previous few years visiting museums and touring the island. The people were friendly and the presentation was wonderful considering the climate. The depictions of early life were illuminating and the history frank and candid. It takes about an hour and then you can browse the artifacts at the end. The snack bar and gift shop were just what we needed at the end.

Visited March 2014
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“You shouldn't miss this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Taino Park is apparently the biggest historical park in the Caribbean and is set in a sort of reconstructed Taino Indian village. You walk round the display of some 25 "scenes" depicting the story of these indigenous people's everyday life until the famous Christopher Columbus "discovered" the island and the subsequent conflict with the Spanish Conquistadors after which the natives were wiped out.

As you walk around, you have an excellent hand held audio commentary which is so well done that you don't need to keep pausing it as it allows you plenty of time to take in each scene before walking the 100 yards or so to the next scene.

The "walk" itself is undercover although the exhibits are out in the open. One reviewer stated that the scenes are "plastic" (I am sure it is all slightly more hi-tech than that) but as it obviously has to be "all weather" I am not sure what he expected them to use! Don't let that comment put you off because, to me, everything looked very authentic and the "village" itself is made of completely natural materials amongst lush vegetation, flowers and trees.

At the end of the walk there is an archaeological exhibition which has an array of pottery, bones, wood etc. There is a café and souvenir shop both incorporated into the "village" so blend in well. Just a word of warning, much stuff in the souvenir shop is not priced so if you look in any way affluent you may pay well over the odds for things you can get elsewhere far cheaper - the voice of experience speaks on this!!

There seem to be plans to add to and extend this attraction and I would definitely recommend this well thought out, well executed attraction if you are the sort of person who likes to learn something about their holiday destination without just walking round museums!

Visited December 2013
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Honesdale, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Interesting, accurate, and historic!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Tells the story very frankly about the natives and what they suffered through with the landing of Christopher Columbus. He was not the nicest man. This presentation almost makes you wonder why we celebrate Columbus Day. Did he really "discover" the New World? If he discovered it, why was there already natives there? We did this as part of an excursion from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

Visited January 2014
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