Souvenir Museum

Souvenir Museum, Alajuela: Hours, Address, Souvenir Museum Reviews: 5/5

Souvenir Museum
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Speciality & Gift Shops • Art Galleries • History Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
We are a SHOP, specialized in authentic Costa Rican handicrafts. We are a MUSEUM, because behind each handicraft there is a story to be shared, and yes! We share it. We are proud storytellers of our country its traditions and culture. We offer a guided visit through our unique store. It is a special place, full of authentic handicrafts of Costa Rica with a story to tell, designed thinking in the comfort of our visitors and the responsible use of the resources. It is a learning experience of the Costa Rican culture. During 20 minutes, we take our visitors from the definition of handicrafts in Costa Rica, its characteristics and classification, to the understanding of authenticity and how it can be found in any handicraft of the world. Our curating processes is unlike any other. Sustainably Fair ™, the concept based on the methodology we create to guarantee the best selection of Costa Rica handicraft in just one place.
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Tyrell
Stony Plain, Canada1 contribution
Mar 2020 • Solo
Melissa is amazing!!! She took the time and explained the artist and the details behind each piece. I really love it.
Written March 4, 2020
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Tyrell, thank you so much for your kind comment! For us, it was a pleasure to assist and share with you, the story of the authentic handicrafts of Costa Rica, which reveals our identity and culture. Thank you very much for sharing your experience at Souvenir Museum! We look forward to your next visit to our beautiful country! Greetings, Souvenir Museum Team
Written March 6, 2020
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jfracassi
Paris, France33 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Interesting concept: to showcase art work created by local Costa Rican artists. Unfortunately, the choice is very limited. We bought a couple of items and were promised email information about these artists and related local communities + info about more products. Never received anything. Quite disappointing!
In addition we found out that similar items were sold at the San Jose airport, at a cheaper price (even though sn Jose airport shops are notoriously expensive).
Written February 28, 2020
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Dear JFracassi: Thanks for recognizing our concept and effort to preserve our identity and culture through the handicrafts, we really appreciate it. We are specialized in authentic handicrafts of Costa Rica. As you had the opportunity to see in the map, we offer the best selection of Costa Rica craft in just one place. In Souvenir Museum you can discover handicrafts since the south to the north, and learn why the handicraft is made or born there, how is the climate of that region and also how are the identity of the people who made it. We have the most variety of authentic handicraft, available in our country. We send the stories. Sometimes, the email goes to spam and that it is out of our control, usually when that happens the visitor contacts us directly and we send it again. Now we know you didn't receive it, and we will send it again, we will follow up to be sure that you receive it this time. Our purpose is to commercialize through fair trade and sustainable principles, authentic handicraft. You bought a bowl that is unique and a set of placemats that are part of our collection, we are sure that these items cant be found in other stores. We understand that exist substitute items in the market, with different prices, quality, and characteristics. We apologize if you felt disappointed, and we hope you give us the opportunity to change that feeling the next time you come to Costa Rica. Respecfully, Souvenir Museum Team
Written March 2, 2020
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Franklin M
6 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
And above all the great things they have the shop guide is an amazing guy!!!
He has an amazing knowledge!!!
Written January 18, 2020
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Hello Franklin M! Thank you for sharing your experience at Souvenir Museum! We are so glad you discovered our amazing museum-store and the great selection of authentic handicrafts we have. Every visitor has the opportunity to learn more about the Costa Rican culture and traditions. It is a pleasure to share the information that we have acquired since 2011: researching, curating, and commercialization, in a fair and sustainable manner, authentic handicrafts from Costa Rica. We hope you visit us again soon again! Best regards, Souvenir Museum Team.
Written January 20, 2020
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amchinamex
5 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Roberto was such an excellent host. We couldn't have asked for a more knowledgeable person help us understand the traditions, culture, and art of the Costa Rican people. A museum where you can actually purchase items at a very reasonable cost! This was our first museum entered in Costa Rica and it was well worth the time we spent there. If I had to do it over again, I'd purchase the seating hammocks and more handmade jewelry by local artists.
Written December 7, 2019
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Hello Amchinamex! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Souvenir Museum! We love sharing the stories behind each authentic handicraft because we know this is a great opportunity for our visitors to learn about our traditions, our culture. We are a museum and a shop, at the same time. Our curation process guarantees you we selected the best authentic handicrafts under sustainability and fair-trade principles, at a very reasonable cost. We hope you can visit us again and purchase handicrafts you loved: hammocks and jewelry. If you prefer, we can also ship the handicrafts. See you soon! Best regards, Souvenir Museum Team.
Written December 9, 2019
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Dean S
1 contribution
Oct 2019
After having been to many shops, all selling the same souvenirs, it was a very welcome surprise to discover this small, high quality shop with so many authentic, well-crafted items. In one stop we were able to purchase numerous Christmas gifts, as well as items for ourselves. Don't drive on by this shop. It was well worth the stop!!!
Written October 31, 2019
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Hello Dean S! We are so glad you visited Souvenir Museum and discovered the selection of authentic handicrafts of Costa Rica we have, in just one place. The high quality and well-crafted items you purchased are the perfect Christmas gifts. They will love them! Thank you for choosing gifts with purpose! Thank you very much for sharing your experience! Best regards, Souvenir Museum Team
Written November 1, 2019
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Bel F
1 contribution
Sep 2019 • Friends
Lovely care from Robert. Not only great products but amazing history behind them. It is not a big place but everything there has a purpose. The books for children are great too.
Written September 7, 2019
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Hello Bel F! Thank you very much for sharing your experience! Souvenir Museum has the exact space to live a personalized experience about the culture and identity of Costa Rica, through our handicrafts. We are so glad you found great products from the best selection of curated handicrafts we have, from all of our country, and enjoyed the stories. And yes, the books are great! Thank you for choosing handicrafts with purpose! Best regards, Souvenir Museum Team
Written September 9, 2019
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mbscaro0112
8 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
This place is amazing. The gentleman that helped me, was great. We talked for about 2 hrs as he described all the items there background and the local tribes connection to reach and every item in the store.

If you're serious about sustainable, quality souvenirs or sir amazing items for yourself. Make the drive to this place.
It's in-between Zoo Ave and the Starbucks farm (both were really cool also)

My girlfriend spent way too much but after going to the Artisan Market dwnt. The Quality & authenticity we got at Souvenir Museum (items come w letter of authenticity) want even close to the mass produced stuff at the market
Written September 4, 2019
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Hello mbscaro0112! Thank you for sharing your experience at Souvenir Museum! We are so glad you enjoyed your time at Souvenir Museum and discovered amazing handicrafts of Costa Rica we selected for all of our visitors! We are proud of our curatorship procedures which guarantee you the best selection of authentic handicrafts. We believe fair and sustainable commercialization is possible. There is no sustainability without fair trade values and both are the basis of what we do daily. Thank you for visiting us! See you soon! Best regards, Souvenir Museum Team.
Written September 5, 2019
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EverywhereCR79
Alajuela, Costa Rica42 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
What comes to mind about this place is anything but 'Made in China'. Everything as far as it seems, is made in Costa Rica, with emphasis in indigenous groups, women owned companies, and start ups. This is a small artsy fartsy store with products like books of Costa Rican cuisine, animals, silver jewelry, hammocks, t-shirts, posters, coffee mugs, indigenous Boruca masks, Guanacaste pottery, chocolate, etc. There is something for everyone here, plus you will be helping the local economy. Well worth a stop if you are driving by to go to Poás Volcano.
Written May 12, 2019
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Hello EverywhereCR79! We are so glad you discovered how authentic we are: 100% ticos. Our internal procedures allow us to guarantee all of our visitors the best selection of curated and authentic handicrafts of Costa Rica. As you say: “there is something for everyone” and everything in Souvenir Museum reflects the identity and culture of Costa Rica. The Souvenir Museum experience is an opportunity to learn about the story behind each craft and to support the Costa Rican handicraft and their value chain. Thank you for recommending Souvenir Museum! Best regards, Souvenir Museum Team
Written May 14, 2019
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Sally_Lightfoot74
Lelystad, The Netherlands109 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
This is not tour typical souvenir shop. It's indeed like a museum. Beautiful items, each with its own story, displayed in a tasteful shop. Yes, it is pricey, but the items are original and authentic.
Written February 28, 2019
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Hello Sally_Lightfoot74! Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We are Souvenir Museum because behind each authentic crafts there is a story to share. ¡It is great to hear you discovered them! The Souvenir Museum experience gives our visitors the opportunity to purchase original and authentic crafts which prices reflect the time, the knowledge, and the quality of material the artisan used. Since we work under fair trade principles, we guarantee you it is a fair price for our artisans and it is also for you. We hope you can visit Costa Rica soon and see you again! Best regards, Souvenir Museum Team
Written March 1, 2019
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cantwaitx2
Ancaster, Canada11 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
What a wonderful find this store was! Lovely unique items for sale from all over Costa Rica. Robert provided so much interesting information we left with new knowledge about our favourite country! We purchased some lovely items for gifts and a couple for ourselves. The selection includes art, jewelry, clothing, books and food items. Prices are reasonable and everything was beautifully wrapped. Don't miss this place!
Written February 18, 2019
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Hello Cantwaitx2! Thank you very much for sharing your experience at Souvenir Museum! Costa Rica is a wonderful country to discover! We are so glad you discovered with us more about our culture and identity through our handicrafts. It is our favorite country too!  As beautiful as our country is, so authentic Costa Rican´s handicrafts are. That is why we give every handicraft the value it has with our exhibition, wrapping, and service. From their gifted hands to yours! Thank you for recommending us! Together we make the difference. We hope you can visit us soon and see you again! Best regards, Souvenir Museum Team.
Written February 19, 2019
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