Chieton Moren
Chieton Moren
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Chieton Moren is a museum and shop of the indigenous craftsmen and -women of Costa Rica. Some 250 families of the eight different ethnic communities joined together in the Chieton Moren association with the idea of showing their art and culture and to promote the sales of their crafts. The museum-shop is situated 25m south of the National Museum, in the centre of the capital San Jose. Sales are direct from producer to costumer : the store is non-profit and based on the work of volunteers. For the visitor of the country Chieton Moren offers a unique opportunity to discover original costa-rican art of certified indigenous origin, objects he'll hardly find in other souvenir- and carftshops. We open from monday to sunday, 10 am till 6 pm. Credit cards are accepted. On request we'll give a short explanation about nowadays indigenous community life. Hope to see you soon. Welcome.
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familyfive
New York City, NY4 contributions
Jul 2022
I went with an organized group, and we learned how to weave in a traditional style from a brilliant woman named Gulietta (spelling?). A memorable experience, and the store had a great variety of crafts from the various indigenous cultures of Costa Rica. It's a nonprofit that sends the money made from sales directly to the artisan, so you are helping to insure their livelihoods.
Written July 22, 2022
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sipivu
Paris, France2,104 contributions
Jul 2019
This wonderful shop is owned by a very friendly couple who have worked with indigenous people for many years when they were working for an NGO in Costa Rica. They sell really beautiful and authentic indigenous objects from a group called Brunch. We bought the two objects, photos attached.
Written September 2, 2019
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Thank you very much for your review on tripadvisor. In fact, the museum and shop are owned by an association of some 250 families of craftsmen and -women of the different indigenous communities of the country. The job on the spot is done by volunteers, some retired, others students of the university completing their obligatory commmunity work. There are 8 indigenous groups in the country, one of them is the Brunca community, well known for their masks and textiles. Thank you again for your comments.
Written September 23, 2019
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MaRth2
Cairo73 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
A shop and tiny museum where you can learn about and purchase items from a variety of indigenous groups from around Costa Rica. It is staffed by volunteers and university students who are friendly and helpful and happy to talk about this non-profit. The prices are reasonable and shopping here is a great way to support indigenous artisans and their communities. The quality of the crafts is good, not as high as at Galeria Namu, but the prices are much lower. A fun place to visit even if you don't purchase anything.
Written February 22, 2016
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Ian B
New Orleans, LA52 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
I was very interested in buying a Boruca mask while in Costa Rica, but was very concerned about getting a fake or paying way too much. One of our guide books mentioned this small nonprofit "fair trade" shop that acts as a place for Costa Rica's indigenous tribes to sell their art work without middle-men - all the proceeds go back to the artists.

Our taxi driver had never heard of it, but found it with no problem. He told us that it was not in a normal "tourist" area, so was surprised to see it there. They have a small museum discussing the various tribes of Costa Rica, and a wonderful shop with art work from all over the country. The shop was wonderful! It had some wonderful masks, and lots of other things (we bought a lot). The mask I eventually purchased would have cost triple at some of the other places we had shopped. If you're in San Jose, and you want some indigenous art, you owe it to yourself to check this place out (here's their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChietonMorenOficial).
Written February 1, 2015
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grenille
grenille131 contributions
Mar 2018 • Business
We visited Chieton Moren looking for real handmade items instead of the mass produced stuff that dominates the "Artisanal" market down the block. Chieton Moren did not disappoint. A wonderful variety of items and prices. Unique things you won't find elsewhere. I was hoping for more paintings but everything else was wonderful. Don't miss this place!
Written March 11, 2018
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Jeannine K
Coarsegold, CA8 contributions
Nov 2015
This artesania store is run as a non-profit entity, allowing the money earned from sales to go directly to the artisans. You will find an outstanding selection of indigenous-made arts and crafts from all over Costa Rica, with the added bonus of displays explaining the history, location, and ethnography of each group. For beautifully-crafted items, this is the place to shop. It's even more gratifying to know that your money benefits the artisans, their families and their communities. It's a win-win-win all the way around!
Written December 2, 2015
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Dear Jeannine: Muchas gracias por su visita!!! Pero más que todo por su apoyo y empatía. Ese es uno de los fines primordiales del Proyecto Chietón Morén: que cada uno de sus visitantes se sienta tan involucrado en el mismo, que se convierta a sí mismo en un agente divulgador de las culturas indígenas costarricenses. Esperamos que pueda regresar a visitarnos. Pilar
Written January 2, 2016
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Robin A
Richmond, VA26 contributions
May 2014 • Friends
A tiny fair trade shop featuring the crafts of the 8 original peoples of Costa Rica. Run by volunteers. Very fairly priced. Saw nearly identical items in a shop touting high end indigenous works for more than double the prices we found here. Charming tour of a tiny museum, only available in Spanish the day we went, but the written explanations were translated to English.
Written May 5, 2014
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Carolyn D
Kerry, Ireland14 contributions
Mar 2019 • Business
Across the main road from the National Museum on Calle 17, a small wonderful shop and museum showcasing and selling crafts from the Indigenous people. Authentic, original and beautiful. Non profit project staffed by knowledgeable and friendly volunteers. GO, you won't be disappointed!
Written March 27, 2019
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Alberto Morales
San Jose3 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
I had been looking around for a good souvenir shop and this is definitely the best one! They have handicrafts and information of every indigenous community in Costa Rica and they're a Fair Trade organization! They're an NGO that works with the communities as a place where they can present their crafts to everyone in the capital. I fully recommend Chieton Moren if you are looking for a true Costa Rican souvenir!
Written February 11, 2019
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Kayla S
Brandon, Canada15 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
Very cool little shop with some very authentic made art. Very reasonably priced and worth the trip to check it out.
Written November 6, 2018
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Chieton Moren is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM