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National Museum (Museo Nacional)

Open Now: 8:30 AM - 4:30 AM
Open today: 8:30 AM - 4:30 AM
The National Museum Admission Ticket
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This 19th-century building contains a well-organized exhibits on Costa Rica's history and culture.
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Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda | Antiguo Cuartel Bella Vista, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Has many nice exhibits which somehow had alot of art in it which was pretty cool too. The Butterfly Pavilion was the highlight though.

Thank roro3i
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This beautiful museum does a beautiful job orienting a visitor to both the history and culture of Costa Rica. The travel through the butterfly aviary is a highlight of any trip with the beautiful specimens fluttering about that always bring peace and joy to my...More

Thank Anne Jeanene B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the visit. Interesting history and a butterfly garden as well. They offer discounted pricing for students and teachers.

Thank dasalomon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an excellent tour guide leading us through but ran out of time with just 2 hours! Really needed about 4 hours just to see everything. Most exhibits had both Spanish and English. Don't miss the outdoor exhibits! And ask for student pricing if...More

Thank Crista R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An excellent break down of Costa-Rican history from earliest recorded information, through Spanish colonization up to modern day tourism.

Thank Tejan M
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

The informative signs were in English & Spanish so we were able to read about the history of CR from the first explorers up until now. There were lots of displays through the museum, nothing interactive, reading only. The museum is located in old Army...More

Thank Shelleyash
Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

Interesting butterfly area and some excellent pre Colombian artefacts including some outstanding stone tables. Easy to spend an absorbing 60-90 minutes here (in a city centre that is otherwise very limited as regards tourist attractions).

Thank sjhp19
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

Really interesting museum set in a beautiful building. Lots of exhibits from pre- Columbian to modern art to a history of Costa Rica. And a beautiful butterfly garden. Very clean as well

Thank Howardd1000
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Costa Rice isn't exactly known for it's art exhibits or museums, but this museum might just be the exception to that. A great building housing a great collection. There is also a butterfly sanctuary, which I also loved. A great museum and well worth the...More

Thank Kevin A
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

Definetly worth a visit if in San Jose. Its way longer than you think it is and crazy informative about the history and background of the Costa Rican people. The butterflies were beautiful and the view from the top is spectacular.

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March 22, 2018|
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Response from CdnManu | Reviewed this property |
I think it's about USD$9... if you pay with USD and need change back, they give the change back in local currency...You can also pay in local currency but the entrance fee is higher for foreigners than locals...
March 22, 2018|
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Response from Karthick R | Reviewed this property |
9 USD for a foreigner.
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January 9, 2017|
Response from bdstephen | Reviewed this property |
It has been free while they are remodelling. At normal times are free 1 day/week