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Juan Santamaria Historical Museum

avenida 3, calle Central, 2, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
506 441 4775
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Ranked #4 of 10 Attractions in Alajuela
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Description: An interesting colonial building houses this museum dedicated to the heroic deeds of Juan Santamaria.
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English first
Central Oregon, Oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Very nice museum, lots of interesting displays and information about Costa Rican history. Great way to start your trip and learn about the country

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CARY
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Nice place to wonder though but there were only two exhibits on the history of Costa Rica which were interesting but of course in Spanish. Still, it was free and interesting place to stop by on a walking tour

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Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

this museum is in progress, half of it was being constructed on (so some areas are actually closed off entirely) and the other half had some catholic portraits/paintings. If you are walking by, step in..but don't go out of your way to see it.

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Midland, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The art here was very good. We had gone to see the exhibit about Juan Santamaria but it was closed until April 11. There was a kind man there who gave us a pamphlet about how tourists can best protect themselves and their "stuff".

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Free admission. Not a whole lot to see but it is free and located by Central park and Cathedral Alajuela Centro

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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85 reviews 85 reviews
37 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Housed in the former jail, the permanent exhibit is a short overview of the history of Costa Rica. They also have a changing exhibit of Costa Rican art. They have some interesting antiques and all in all, this recent renovation has been really well done. I don’t think that I would make a special trip to see it, but it... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

This is a wonderful free museum across from the Parque Central in Alajuela. There is a permanent exhibit that provides a great overview of the history of Costa Rica. The traveling exhibits change regularly and are representative of the culture of Costa Rica. A "must see" if you have some time in downtown Alajuela.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

It is a very interesting building, well kept and informative. If you are downtown, take a little time to see it/

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vietnam
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68 reviews 68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

Small but interesting place for a quick visit and a stopover from the heat of the day ...

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London, UK
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

Lovely colonial style building, interesting exhibition about the 1850s/60s revolution plus some local artwork, total tour time 25 mins, free

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