We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Souvenir Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Save
Share
Review Highlights
''Must Visit''

My host was genuinely enthusiastic, and sincere with excitement in sharing the stories about the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
BGP_12
,
Brooklyn, New York
A special store

Costa Rica is not known for its arts and crafts, but this store does function as a museum and... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
GretchenTee
,
Alajuela, Costa Rica
Read all 50 reviews
82
All photos (82)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent92%
  • Very good6%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“small shop”(2 reviews)
“costa rica”(6 reviews)
About
Authentic handicraft, handmade in Costa Rica. Shopping with purpose!
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
See all hours
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
Contact
North, from Tribunales de Justicia. 1 km | Main road to Poás Volcano National Park., Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
Website
+506 2441 5639
Call
Reviews (50)
Filter reviews
21 results
Traveler rating
19
1
1
0
0
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
19
1
1
0
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsarts and craftssmall shopcosta ricasouvenirscultureartisanindigenousknowledge
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 21 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My host was genuinely enthusiastic, and sincere with excitement in sharing the stories about the artisan items, the people, the culture, the history, and the different provinces within Costa Rica that contributed to what you'll see when you visit the Souvenir Musuem.More

Thank BGP_12
SOUVENIRMUSEUM, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Souvenir Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello BGP_12! Thank you very much for sharing your experience at Souvenir Museum! We are so glad you discovered with us the authentic crafts of Costa Rica, through our Guided Visit. We love talking about our beautiful country and sharing the stories and traditions with...More

Reviewed August 6, 2018

Costa Rica is not known for its arts and crafts, but this store does function as a museum and provides wonderful examples/sale items from Costa Rican's indigenous cultures and contemporary artisans. You will learn a lot and have a chance to buy unique gifts (while...More

Thank GretchenTee
SOUVENIRMUSEUM, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Souvenir Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2018

Hello GretchenTee! Thank you very much for sharing your experience at Souvenir Museum! We are pleased that you have summarized our goals so well. Souvenir Museum is a place to: - Learn about the Costa Rican culture and identity. - Create real opportunities to improve...More

Reviewed June 14, 2018 via mobile

We were so frustrated wanting to bring back something special for our kids, but couldn't find anything that wasn't mass produced. Robert, at Souvenir Museum, was great in explaining all of the products. They were a bit pricier (but there was very much a range...More

Thank kringlachick
SOUVENIRMUSEUM, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Souvenir Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2018

Hello kringlachick! Thank you very much for sharing your experience at Souvenir Museum! We are so glad your kids have special gifts from Costa Rica. Our goals is to offer authentic crafts for all budgets, give the opportunity to leave a footprint in Costa Rica...More

Reviewed May 8, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely loved our visit, unlike the normal souvenir shops, this one actually has a very knowledgeable guide to educate you on the different Costa Rican, indigenous cultures, there geographical locations, their artistry, their customs, and significance of their craft. We loved learning about them !!...More

Thank Aidacurtis
SOUVENIRMUSEUM, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Souvenir Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2018

Hello Mrs. Curtis! Thank you very much for sharing your experience! We love that our shop is also a museum! This allows us to share the culture and identity of our people through our crafts and guide you to experience the authentic Costa Rica. It...More

Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

A friend and I went there and was greeted by Robert. He was extremely knowledgeable and explained the story behind the pieces. The prices were very fare and the craftsmanship was beautiful. This is not somewhere you are going to find mass produced items. This...More

Thank Kim C
SOUVENIRMUSEUM, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Souvenir Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2018

Hello Kim C! We are indeed fortunate to have visitors like you! We were proud to show the quality and authenticity of our crafts and it is always a pleasure to share the culture and traditions of Costa Rica through our service. We will be...More

Reviewed March 26, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here because we wanted to get some authentic fair trade souvenirs to bring home with us. Unfortunately when we got there we discovered that were going to be closed the whole week for holiday week. But much to our joy Melissa was coming...More

Thank danjacks33
SOUVENIRMUSEUM, Director General at Souvenir Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2018

Hello danjacks33! It was a beautiful coincidence to meet with you at the Museum-Store! It is always a pleasure to welcome our visitors and share our values and the history behind each craft. We love being part of an enterprise that stands out for its...More

Reviewed March 1, 2018 via mobile

This small shop features souvenirs made only in Costa Rica. The knowledgeable staff person explained in detail where, how, and why each of the souvenirs are made. The history and geography of each item relates directly to the culture of its original indigenous tribe. We...More

Thank soondon
SOUVENIRMUSEUM, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Souvenir Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2018

Hello Soondon! We love knowing how meaningful your visit and the souvenirs you purchased were for you. In only 51 100 square kilometers, Costa Rica has 4% of the planet's biodiversity and in just over 50 square meters of exhibition in our Museum Store, we...More

Reviewed November 6, 2017

We stopped by this place on the way to the airport. The concept of a souvineer museum is new to me. There are some unique souvineers here and there are also some that can be found at the airport. I purchased a wood carving here...More

Thank Prince_of_Vacay
SOUVENIRMUSEUM, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Souvenir Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2017

Hello Prince of Vacay! We are so glad you visited us and discovered the quality of Souvenir Museum’s handicrafts and the artistic talent of our Costa Rican artisans. Souvenir Museum is a fair trade enterprise which prices are fair for our visitors, but also for...More

Reviewed November 18, 2016

Really high quality locally sourced gifts. Bought sloth earingings and necklace - not available in London!! Recommend it.

Thank Wifwaf1954
SOUVENIRMUSEUM, Gerente at Souvenir Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2016

Hello Wifwaf1954, thank you so much for recommending Souvenir Museum! The earrings and necklace are more than a souvenir, they are the opportunity to continue improving the quality of life of Costa Rican artisans. You buy, you give! Greetings from Costa Rica.

Reviewed October 19, 2016

This is a small store conveniently located not far from the airport that offers locally made artisan items. The beauty of this business is not only are you getting authentic items, but you are supporting local artisans by purchasing souvenirs here. We were enthusiastically greeted,...More

Thank acr0cker
SOUVENIRMUSEUM, Gerente at Souvenir Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2016

Hello acr0cker. Thank you very much for sharing your experience! We really love receiving visitors like you and we are so glad you have enjoyed the authentic Costa Rican handicrafts that our artisans make and the personalized attention that our visitors receive at our museum-store....More

View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 27 hotels in Alajuela
1915 Hotel
110 reviews
.80 miles away
Hotel Catedral Casa Cornejo
109 reviews
.94 miles away
Hotel Mi Tierra
158 reviews
1.03 miles away
Xandari Resort & Spa
1,015 reviews
1.84 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 216 restaurants in Alajuela
El Chante Vegano
232 reviews
.83 miles away
Jalapenos Central
797 reviews
.85 miles away
Monteleone - Restaurant and Cocteleria
203 reviews
.84 miles away
Kurcuma Artisanal Food
60 reviews
.83 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 51 attractions in Alajuela
Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral
134 reviews
.95 miles away
Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum
161 reviews
.92 miles away
Eco Tico Tours
16 reviews
.82 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Souvenir Museum staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines