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You can get an up-close look at the Dominican Republic's beloved amber in this Victorian mansion situated in downtown Puerto Plata. There are two floors worth of amber specimens, some fossilized. One of the highlights is a fossilized lizard dating back millions of years ago. And if you're planning on purchasing some amber jewelry, past travelers suggested you do so here. The museum guarantees its items are authentic. Outside vendors – of which there are many – could be pushing plastic replicas.

Past visitors praised the museum's guides and appreciated the opportunity to learn how amber is sourced and its history in the Dominican Republic.

The Amber Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Recent visitors reported that admission is free. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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