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Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

Avenidas 3 y 5, Calles 15 y 17, San Jose 2004, Costa Rica
506-22579370
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Ranked #19 of 38 attractions in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums
Description: Contemporary Art and Design Museum at the National Cultural Centre -CENAC- the old Liquor Factory.
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This museum is very interesting and worth the effort. The building and grounds are very pretty and the staff extremely friendly and helpful.

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Golden, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Hour of our lives we'll never get back. We should have walked past it. Check first to see what is happening before heading over. If it doesn't sound really interesting, go to the National Museum instead.

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Thompsonville, Michigan
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We were disappointed in the exhibits which were few. I would have wanted to know what the artist had in mind when creating the piece. English interpretive signs were not present. Seniors get in free.

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Syracuse, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

A short walk from Hotel Rincon de San Jose brought me here. I loved the campus, grounds, and the exhibits. The campus is an old distillery with lots of places to explore. The campus also other art venues (dance, music, etc) If you have time, trying to figure out what else to do in San Jose – check this place... More

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la
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49 reviews 49 reviews
34 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Small museum with few pieces laid out well. No English signs present. It is housed in a part of the city's cultural arts center.There you will find a dance school and performance center and a theatre.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Interesting exhibits, modern as the name says. I'd liken it to going to a couple of galleries displaying the works of two or three designers. If those artists don't inspire or "speak" to you, then you might write off the entire visit. We enjoyed viewing the works here, and found the museum to be modest but earnest in its efforts... More

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

exhibits were a bit...interesting. not certain if its worth doing but if you have a bunch of free time, its not too expensive.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

You have to visit this museum, go to the Golden Room, which use to be the special receiving room at the Sabana Airport, original building of this museum. It is a beautifull Spanish building that served many years as the main international airport for Costa Rica, and now is the building for the museum, so not only the art and... More

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Montreal, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This museum offers different exhibitions of modern day Costa Rican artists. When I was there the exhibition was on Society and Media. Nicely done! Check ahead for exhibition as they change throughout the year.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

A peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of San Jose. When I visited there was a wonderful exhibition of 5 Costa Rican sculptors. Sadly, my written Spanish is very poor and none of the signs were in English, but that didn´t detract from the wealth of talent. And the building itself, which used to be the airport many years... More

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