On a recent visit to the Dominican Republic, I visited the Museo Folklorico Don Tomas Morel in the city of Santiago. Considered by most to be the father of the modern Carnival, Morel was a tireless promoter and chronicler of the traditions and crafts of this country.
Founded in 1962 by the poet and cultural critic Tomas Morel, it is a jewel box filled to the ceiling with crafts and history tucked away in an old house that is just as colorful on the outside as the inside (I was too excited and forgot to take a picture of the exterior).
All forms of Dominican crafts and festivals are represented, from the native Taino artifacts to modern day carnival mask representing the spiritual and supernatural. There's a bit of Dominican pop culture kitsch as well. It is a giant collage of information presented in a fascinating way.