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Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum

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Address: Avenida 1, Calle Central y 2, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
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+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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History of independence a short distance from airport to kill time

If you have several hours to kill time at the airport, or are staying in downtown Alajuela, this is a great place to visit for free to learn about Costa Rica's history of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 25, 2016
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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

Can’t beat free admission and free use of lockers to stash small bags or backpacks! This museum showcases the history of the area through photos, artifacts, displays and written descriptions, some of which are printed in English. They are clearly proud of having successfully defended themselves against an invasion of American filibusters led by William Walker (who already controlled parts... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

When I travel I want to learn about the history and the culture, and for sure this place is perfect for both purposes.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016 via mobile

We were in Alajuela as an interim stop on way to San Jose and decided to visit this museum right on the central square. Admission is totally free and you are given the key for self-locking storage units to put large bags and backpacks in. The ground floor left-hand side of salas are devoted to showing chronologically the Independence movement... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

This Museum was undergoing remodeling and there was very little to see. I also almost got clobbered by a rope a guy dropped down out of an attic from a ladder. I was glad it was free. I do not recommend whatsoever.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

The historical cultural museum is an interesting way to introduce yourself to Costa Rica. It provides bilingual synopsis of Costa Rican history through a few different rooms. The museum isn't magnificent or overwhelming but its a good way to spend an afternoon out of the sun if you are looking to escape the heat in the summer.

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

I really learned a lot here- not just about Juan Santamaria but they provide an in depth history of the context of the battle at Rivas. Who knew that a US lawyer and his "filibusters" could have such an impact on Central American history. walker wanted to turn the region into a slave colony- no wonder they are so proud... More 

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Atenas, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

This old fort also used for other government purposes is now a great history museum. The building is interesting for architectural fans and the inside displays full of history details.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

This was a very nice museum to understand some of the history of Costa Rica. On the smaller side which makes it manageable. You can easily get through it in an hour or two especially if you're an English speaker as only maybe 40% of the material has an English translation. Nonetheless I was very happy I could read some... More 

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

If you have several hours to kill time at the airport, or are staying in downtown Alajuela, this is a great place to visit for free to learn about Costa Rica's history of independence. It is small and can be perused in an hour, some rooms are closed because the museum is still in remodelation. Occasionally there are live folkloric... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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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