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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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nice, free, interesting

If you are in this part of town, certainly go. We did not find anything else in the area worthy of the detour. Old Town is dirty, commercial, not particularly compelling... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

If you are in this part of town, certainly go. We did not find anything else in the area worthy of the detour. Old Town is dirty, commercial, not particularly compelling. Museum offered a nice history from the local perspective, showing many elements of US involvement that are not discussed in US schools (because we didn't win). There is enough... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

A comprehensive & very interesting history of Costa Rica, beautifully presented and FREE! Also set in a great building around a courtyard.

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Orinda, California
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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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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Address: Avenida 1, Calle Central y 2, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2441 4775
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Alajuela

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