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Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum

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Address: Avenida 1, Calle Central y 2, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2441 4775
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Juan Santamaria Cultural Historical Museum is the national institution to...

Juan Santamaria Cultural Historical Museum is the national institution to acquire, preserve, preserve, research and disseminate cultural heritage, related to the National Campaign and the province of Alajuela. It is located in the Old Headquarer and Old Alajuela's City Jail. The Museum have historial and art exhibitions, cafe, bookstore, library and an auditorium where cultural activities take place.

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It's free to go see..... Interesting History of Costa Rica

Did you know? who tried to claim Costa Rica during the US Civil War? Well, go visit & enjoy the time to understand why Costa Rica is a beautiful Place. Plenty of information on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2016
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Marco Island, Florida
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Marco Island, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Did you know? who tried to claim Costa Rica during the US Civil War? Well, go visit & enjoy the time to understand why Costa Rica is a beautiful Place. Plenty of information on the culture... plan on a few hours, then walk to the park or market for a cup of coffee or ice cream.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

Went to the museum to kill some time with my girlfriend. The building was very nice and it was free so it's definitely worth while to check out, especially if you are staying close. There were quite a few rooms closed when we went but the rooms that were open were very interesting and informative. It's a good spot to... More 

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Lakewood, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

We had a bit of difficulty because the electricity was off at the museum so we had to get flashlights. A lot of the explanations are only in Spanish which added to the challenge. However, the story of how a U.S. citizen tried to take over Central American countries in order to profit from slavery was news to me. It's... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

The day I visited the museum was free for some reason. There are some very official men upon entering that describe the rules (no flash photos, drinks, food) of the museum and have you sign in. It was a good place to escape the noise and heat of the square. Some signs in English which was surprising because very few... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Excellent museum, very informative about the history of Costa Rica, staff very helpfull and the museum is free..

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016 via mobile

I stumbled upon the museum walking around town. It was ok, but I couldn't read some of the signage because there was no English translation on some of it. The modern art upstairs I liked better. There is no cost to go in which is great, and the staff that work there are friendly and nice. After going once I... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A well designed museum about Juan Santamaria who is the local hero of Alajuela. There is also a lot of information about how Costa Rica gained its independence and the part that Nicaragua played in the process. There are beautiful glass panels with images and quotes that surround the perimeter of the courtyard. If you are in Alajuela, and near... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Over the last few years the Costa Rican government has changed his teaching curriculum and Juan Santamaria is no longer a hero. Yet, this cultural museum stands and reminds the public of the famous battle that took place near the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. A crazy guy from the US, William Walker figured he could take over every... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

For a free exhibit it's fine. There are well-kept exhibits about the political history of Costa Rica on the ground floor, with some of the signs in English. It's not worth going far out of your way to visit, but is a fine place to wander around for a few minutes if you're in the area already. There were a... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

If you are in this part of town, certainly go. We did not find anything else in the area worthy of the detour. Old Town is dirty, commercial, not particularly compelling. Museum offered a nice history from the local perspective, showing many elements of US involvement that are not discussed in US schools (because we didn't win). There is enough... More 

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