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In 1980, after the restoration
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 of Villa Bentz, it was decided to expose the fossil collection, which was too important to have hidden it in a safe. At the same time, Brandt Ghepart appeared, American paleontólogist, museólogist, that had worked for fifteen years in the museum of natural history of Cleveland, USA, man of much sensitivity, artist with multiple capacities, as well in the fields of the painting and music: he plays the flute, violin, arp and drums. Brandt arrived in Puerto Plata like solitary navigator with his small yacht. She was born immediately affection and mutual understanding between Brandt and the family Coast and given the importance of the collection shared the idea to make a suitable work.

Brandt, conquered by the variety of amber with his insects, leaves, flowers, conserved perfectly in the prehistoric resin, as if outside a magical box, sold his boat and Silver settled down in Port, and took the decision to form the museum dreamed by several years by Doña Didi.

The meticulous work of preparation, cataloguing, study of the ground and subsoil, selection of stones with its photographies or drawings done with the aid of the microscope lasted two years. The way was studied to link stones with metal thread in gold bath, work handmade for greater resistance and lights were used you cold not to damage stones, and were made macro-photos with aid of a put camera upon the microscope.

The museum, dream of many years with a sense of exectancy, was opened in March of 1982. The collection was composed of thousands of pieces, allyhough all is not exhibited. Some are very beautiful and very rare.
Of the exhibited ones, the most studied and appreciated is a lizard of 40 centimeters in a state of perfect conservation that dates from about 30 to 40 million years ago. The lizard is included in an amber piece with a length of 42,5

One extraordinary piece is formed with the drops of a resin falling after the other, forming little tubes that seem like needles of coniferous.

The fame of the Museum of Dominican Amber spread outside The Dominican Republic. The international tourguides mentioned it as a place of cultural interest, and the museum grew by visitors very fast. Today a visit at the museum is as natural as the beach for the visitor.


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