The entire museum experience here is worthwhile. Located on the edge of Parque la Sabana in the old airport terminal, the museo offers three positive experiences ... the artwork inside, the sculptures outside, and the building itself. On top of that it's free, and when you're done here you can visit the park to stroll, grab a snack or people-watch.
The museum contains mostly paintings, with much of the space seemingly devoted to temporary exhibits. Somewhat surprisingly, one of the featured artists when we visited was a Chilean. The material was well-organized and described, with mostly good presentation (one painting was not well-illuminated due to an apparently burned-out bulb). The building was intriguing, and it was a treat to walk through the site and imagine its former life as an airport terminal.
For a visitor it might help to keep in mind that Costa Rica's population is about the same as that of South Carolina and its GDP is on par with that of New Hampshire. In reality, therefore, you're not in the equivalent of the National Gallery of Art, but you are visiting a state art museum in Columbia or Concord (not to pick on those states or museums if they exist), making this national museum good starting point for displaying the country's art.
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