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“Nice small museum in the heart of Alajuela.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Juan Santamaria Historical Museum

Juan Santamaria Historical Museum
avenida 3, calle Central, 2, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
506 441 4775
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Ranked #3 of 9 Attractions in Alajuela
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: An interesting colonial building houses this museum dedicated to the heroic deeds of Juan Santamaria.
Heredia, Costa Rica
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Nice small museum in the heart of Alajuela.”
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 is in the old heart of Alajuela, proper and the Cathedral and Juan Santamaria Park are just walking distance from here.

Visited August 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“don't miss this”
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.

Visited May 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Nice place”
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/

Visited May 2012
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vietnam
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Looking for a bit of history”
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 ...

Visited May 2012
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London, UK
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“worth a quick visit if you have time”
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

Visited March 2012
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