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National Museum (Museo Nacional)

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Address: Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda | Antiguo Cuartel Bella Vista, San Jose, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 257-221-4429
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Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 am
Tue - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 am
Description: This 19th-century building contains a well-organized exhibits on Costa...
This 19th-century building contains a well-organized exhibits on Costa Rica's history and culture.
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I enjoyed my visit, I learned quite a bit of history. the beginning of the museum is a butterfly garden and it was beautiful!! The only down side was that I toured this alone and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Hendersonville, North Carolina

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed my visit, I learned quite a bit of history. the beginning of the museum is a butterfly garden and it was beautiful!! The only down side was that I toured this alone and while most of the exhibits and info are in English, there were a few things that were beyond my level of Spanish.

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The museum is dedicated to the cultural history of Costa Rica and I am sure does a wonderful job for local residents. As visitors, we should have listened to the staff at the hotel when they told us it really wasn't for tourists. If you speak Spanish, it might be more interesting. The Butterfly Garden was lovely, but there are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This former Spanish fort/prison still maintains the colonial feel to it by having the exhibits spread around the building with a central garden area in the middle. There is a little confusion as to the flow form exhibit to exhibit but they each, in turn are wonderful and have bilingual signs given the history of each. Also to be noted,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We visited this museum in hopes of getting an overview of Costa Rica. The building itself is interesting, and there are photo galleries off on one side that provide the history of the building and its role in Costa Rica history. This segment is definitely a must see for history buffs. Otherwise... You enter the museum through a butterfly garden.... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I loved this museum. It offers everything from the history of the stone spheres, to the pre-columbian evolution, to the influence of European culture all through artifacts, photographs and and more. It is a wonderful time machine into Costa Rican history. I truly enjoyed this museum.

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Collinsville, Illinois
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This museum isn't terribly large but the view is perfect! There are also some pretty butterflies, cool historial information complete with historic pictures and castle tower, and a rooftop garden space.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The National Museum used to be a fort. Some cannon dents are still found outside the building by the south corner. The unique History of Costa Rica is represented in this museum. Unlike all other Central American countries, Costa Rica's indigenous population is only 1%. Most of the ancestors of about 99% Costa Ricans came mainly from Europe, Asia, Jamaica... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We had only one afternoon in San Jose and were staying in the Forum area (longer cab ride from downtown). We really debated whether to go to the National Museum or to the Precolumbian Gold Museum (something so attractive about gold!). The National Museum was recommended by our concierge and we are glad we made the choice. This museum had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Visited many years ago, if u r the adventurous type. Go on the whitewater rapids tour, or do the zip line. Tour

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

I really enjoyed my trip to the National Museum and learnt lots about Costa Rican history. The building is beautiful and very well looked after.

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Additional Information about National Museum (Museo Nacional)

Address: Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda | Antiguo Cuartel Bella Vista, San Jose, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 257-221-4429
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:30 am
Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:30 am
Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 am
Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 am
Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 am
Saturday 8:30 am - 4:30 am

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