The first Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest was held in 1964, with the intention of promoting the development of the visual arts and stimulating creativity in new generations of artists. In the opening speech, Mr. Eduardo León Asensio anticipated that over the years, there would be an important collection of visual arts that would require the creation of an institution to be exhibited permanently.

This prediction became a reality in 1999, when the Eduardo León Jimenes Foundation, presided by Don José A. León Asensio, began the inicial work for the construction of Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes.

Immediately, spontaneous donations, loans, assignments and acquisitions of important artistic, archaeological, ethnological and bibliographical collections were received, all related to typical themes of the Dominican culture.

In order to organize these valuable collections, their management and availability to the public, the services of Consultants and Professional Advisors (CAP) were hired, as well as the services of Arquitectura del Sol, headed by Pedro José Borrell. These firms, together with a team of specialists in various fields, proposed an original institutional vision to integrate collections into scientific documentation and the production of cultural projects and services.