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Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum

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Address: Avenida 1, Calle Central y 2, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2441 4775
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Description: Juan Santamaria Cultural Historical Museum is the national institution to...
Juan Santamaria Cultural Historical Museum is the national institution to acquire, preserve, preserve, research and disseminate cultural heritage, related to the National Campaign and the province of Alajuela. It is located in the Old Headquarer and Old Alajuela's City Jail. The Museum have historial and art exhibitions, cafe, bookstore, library and an auditorium where cultural activities take place.
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Interesting museum

Very nice introduction to history of Costa Rica in Alajuela. Not too much to do in the town but this is worth a stop

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Orinda, California
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Orinda, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Very nice introduction to history of Costa Rica in Alajuela. Not too much to do in the town but this is worth a stop

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Nelson, Canada
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14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This museum was a very pleasant surprise. We've visited several museums in Central America. This one distinguished itself. It might not have gotten an excellent rating if I were to compare it to North American museums, but for the resources in Costa Rica it is exceptional. Although not all of the displays are translated into English enough of them are... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Interesting and informative chronicling for Costa Rican history. THe English displays are inconsistent but can be pieced together with a little effort.

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Onalaska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Nice and clean, gave us enough history of the country, culture, money history. I think this is a must do part of San Jose.

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Charlottesville
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This told a nice story about early Costa Rican history and the American intervention before the Civil War. Some of the text was in English. I learned something, but I would also would have liked a broader picture of Costa Rican history at this time.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This museum, though small, was very interesting and well-presented. I knew very little about the history of Costa Rica beforehand, but here it was presented in a very accessible and engaging way. No entrance fee and a lovely, well-ventilated cool building PLUS the opportunity to play some chimes in the little turret room -what's not to like?

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Calgary, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Very Chill way to spend a couple hours. Self guided tour, free to explore at my own pace. Spacious, shaded, and cool. A good way to learn some of Costa Rica's History.

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Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

great displays about invasion of Central America by US citizens wantig to establish a slave state that would join the USA.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I'll start by saying it was free. I knew nothing about the national history of Costa Rica. The museum was interesting, most exhibits were translated into english. You aren't going to kill a lot of time here, but its worth doing if you have some time to kill in Alajuela

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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101 reviews 101 reviews
12 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a great place to visit, if you're interested in some history of Costa Rica. The Museum is laid out very nice, the only problem its all in Spanish, but the pictures are pretty self explained. We really enjoyed it.

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