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National Museum (Museo Nacional)

Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda | Antiguo Cuartel Bella Vista, San Jose, Costa Rica
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This 19th-century building contains a well-organized exhibits on Costa Rica's history and culture.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good40%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
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Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda | Antiguo Cuartel Bella Vista, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my favorite museum of the three we visited in San José. I learned a lot about the history and development of Costa Rica, and the museum setting itself is very pleasant with good views and nice gardens. A bonus is that there is...More

Thank Emily F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted to learn more about this beautiful country beyond rainforests and animals, and this was an excellent place to do that. There are different sections showing histories of the pre-columbian era, the 1800s, the building itself, and the butterfly exhibit. This museum was located...More

Thank StephB481
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum was great to visit especially for first timers coming from the United States. It was my seven-year-old and myself. It was very informative and very interesting… Explain a lot of coaster Rican history. I would go again. The butterfly area was our favorite.

Thank Sara L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was already in the area, so I went in and checked it out, It was interesting some cool old stuff, and a bit of a history lesson on CR. Not worth a long travel to go and see it, but if you are already...More

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A gr eat overview of the history of Costa Rica. I loved the displays and the history. The Building is an interesting piece of architecture. I liked the bonus of the butterfly garden.

Thank Ann M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the national museum. The historic citadel it is held in provides a great location for the museum, and the exhibits are interesting. It seemed a little small and I can't explain why, but I left feeling a little underwhelmed.

Thank Vanessa E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very interesting insight in recent Costa Rican history. Really worthwhile for foreign tourists. It is well set out and is in English and Spanish

Thank John G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in the coffee shop during an afternoon rain on June 20, 2017. Each of my family ordered a beverage. The Mocha Frappe is AMAZING! We'll be returning there before the end of our trip just for one more.

Thank April F
Reviewed June 16, 2017

This was a wonderful adventure. This museum houses so much Costa Rican history. It is very well presented. We loved the butterfly garden. It was like a little oasis in the middle of the City. The Costa Rica history is fascinating. This little country has...More

Thank Mary R
Reviewed June 16, 2017 via mobile

An absolute gorgeous building. The details are amazing. We had a good guide, however, if I could make a recommendation, it would be that more information on the history of this beautiful building, be provided during the tour.

Thank Jeff W
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Brooke E
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
January 7, 2017|
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Response from rainiershadow | Reviewed this property |
8:30a.m. to 4:30 p.m. great place to visit
October 8, 2016|
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Response from markremarks | Reviewed this property |
As others have said, many of the exhibits have English information as well as Spanish. I don't speak Spanish either but I enjoyed my visit.