Museums in San Jose

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Museums in San Jose

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  • Go296773
    2 contributions
    A lot of great information and art, very interesting displays and hand made tools. We took the double decker tour bus through San Jose documenting a lot of historical landmarks along the way. Lunch was also provided at a local eatery.
    Written September 23, 2022
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  • AnnaHZ
    Aurora, CO40 contributions
    We enjoyed the temporary exhibition of Dali/Goya drawings as well as the permanent exhibit. Lots of information and artifacts, very well organized and nicely presented. The only thing I didn’t like: there was no café to have a drink and rest for a moment.
    Written August 3, 2022
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  • CiscoTax
    Lexington, SC15 contributions
    I took 5 teens to visit and none in our party spoke Spanish. We spent about 2 hrs. The butterfly exhibit was very well designed. The views from the top were stunning.
    Written August 10, 2022
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  • Dan Gillotte
    107 contributions
    Trip Advisor doesn't seem to have a listing for the Museo Penitencerio that shares space with the Kids museum but it's ultimately separate.
    A small but informative museum reckoning with the terrible history of this prison. The museum recreates the conditions using original cells. It includes actual graffiti from the prisoners as well as statues of inmates with authentic artifacts of the the period.
    The museum does a good job at taking responsibility for the atrocious conditions they allowed at this site.
    Written October 18, 2019
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  • Colin F
    Toronto, Canada878 contributions
    This is an interesting collection of several contemporary artists in Costa Rica's cultural history. The building itself is intriguing to walk around and I spent some time sketching n the courtyard after looking at the work. It's free and the staff are helpful.
    Written May 5, 2022
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  • Companion60550
    10 contributions
    A cut above the usual tourist curios. Very helpful salesman (Irishman from Quebec living in San Jose) who went over the collection and took the time to explain the objects. Great range in prices from small gifts to major art work. Not far from all the museums in San Jose, worth the trip
    Written November 20, 2021
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  • nzkiwi99
    auckland80 contributions
    Probably one of my favourite places on the planet. Please - never change this museum. Don't upgrade it!
    It truly is a wonderful treasure, and has bought me immense joy.
    Written August 5, 2022
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  • Keith L
    Lancashire, UK14 contributions
    Amazing museum with a phenomenal collection of pre-Colombian jade artefacts. All clearly labelled in Spanish and English. Lots of context given, and interesting comparisons with contemporary jewellery and sculpture in Europe and Asia. The background music was also very atmospheric, and suited the displays well.
    Written December 1, 2021
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  • Alison C
    12 contributions
    While staying in San Jose we visited this small but interesting museum. All of the descriptions are in Spanish with no English translations but well presented. Loved the sculptures in the rear courtyard. Also, dont forget to visit tge upstairs rooms with the wall plaques. It was free when we visited.
    Written April 18, 2020
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  • Adam M
    Norwich, UK106 contributions
    A great place to learn about the country. We did this on day one of our trip before joining a tour. I would highly recommend. It stays with a lovely butterfly space, has ancient art, history of Costa Rica, pre Spanish , post Spanish all the way up to current - including pandemic. Don't miss the art in the old jail rooms.
    Written August 7, 2022
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  • Jotum
    Knoxville, TN1,449 contributions
    Now a small museum, this was the house of a previous president who was a medical doctor and social reformer of Costa Rica. Not a lot to see, but interesting for a few minutes and the Russian embassy is across the street.
    Written February 26, 2016
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  • bighack
    San Miguel de Allende, Mexico76 contributions
    This is a low tech but fantastic museum, with beautiful specimens and a lot of information (mostly Spanish) on all kinds of bugs. The staff was super helpful and showed us their lab room with lots of living (and creepy) insects. The museum is hidden in the basement of the UCR Music building, and well worth a visit.
    Written January 14, 2020
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  • County-Hunter
    Tacoma, WA3,014 contributions
    We were on a private tour of downtown San Jose with the itinerary pretty much up to us. We decided to skip the Jade museum and instead went here. It was a good decision. We found the museum better than expected. It wasn't crowded and there was a lot of exhibits to see and explore. Learned a lot. All in all an enjoyable visit.
    Written August 26, 2022
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  • piriot
    Stresa, Italy639 contributions
    This used to be the main building of the old airport. Wonderful building, lovely art both in and out of the venue. We just loved this.
    Written December 28, 2015
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  • jronkowski
    Chicago, IL195 contributions
    Do you like contemporary art. Depending on the show you might like this place. It was free the day I went because only 2 rooms were open. I saw mostly video art. Check the website and if the show appeals it might be worth a look . But if this is not your thing skip it. The contemporary sculpture in the lovely nearby park is free and definitely worth a look. .
    Written March 1, 2018
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