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Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

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Address: Avenidas 3 y 5, Calles 15 y 17, San Jose 10104, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506-22579370
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Contemporary Art and Design Museum at the National Cultural Centre -CENAC-...

Contemporary Art and Design Museum at the National Cultural Centre -CENAC- the old Liquor Factory.

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Not a whole lot there, but some interesting exhibits, mostly in Spanish. They do have free Wi-Fi so get out your google translator and have some fun, some of the exhibits are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2016
David M
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

You'll never see the same exposition twice, they are constantly changing, bringing new stuff and new artist, so you can walk by at any moment to check the art. More than 4 big halls full of pieces, it's a nice place to spend an hour or two, relax and think about many human issues around us. The museum does makes... More 

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Thank MauricioRZCR
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

The museum covers covers a wide range of contemporary Arts and Design. There are paintings from some of the most famous Costa Rican painters. Paintings showing the various stages of mining are very interesting.

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Thank alexhawk21
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

Not a whole lot there, but some interesting exhibits, mostly in Spanish. They do have free Wi-Fi so get out your google translator and have some fun, some of the exhibits are hands on like the Lotus blossoms.

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Thank David M
Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

This is a wonderful building, but the contents when we were there seemed pretty amateurish. Luckily we got in when there was no cover charge. Still, worth going to if you have any interest in modern art.

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Thank Shelley S
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016 via mobile

Costa Rica isn't known for its artists but the ones who's works were displayed I was seriously impressed. The room with the relief mural that filled four walls in a large room depicting the history of Costa Rica was beautiful, informative and the best piece of work

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Thank awagner2287
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

Some interesting exhibits...who knew the art would be so avantguard! Free to get in! Small gift shop with local products.

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Thank WallysworldCalgary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

If the exhibition programme doesn't scream at you; the architecture will lure you in. Established in an old liqueur factory, MADC is worth a visit no matter what artists are on display. The museum specialises in contemporary Central American art and design, but also shows work from other parts of the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I loved the exhibition I saw in August. Very talented artists. Although small it is a great space, high ceilings large rooms. (just need more rooms.) Looking forward to new up and coming artists.

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Thank HelenC3
Memphis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Totally contemporary and a little out there and edgy, this small museum is definitely worth a visit. We were amazed and amused with the variety of offerings. Creativity gets a five star rating. Some of the displays are not recommended for children

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Thank MissMem
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

There were three artist featured at the museum. The exhibits were not impressive and the staff did little to help you with interpretation. The location was difficult to find and the higher entrance fee for foreigners was insulting. Do not waste your time or money!

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