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Museo de Arte Costarricense
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Discover Costa Rica's Capital City and Museums
Ranked #9 of 121 things to do in San Jose
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Owner description: This museum displays works by local artists.
Fairfax, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed November 6, 2013

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.

Visited October 2013
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100 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great Day Activity”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

This small but interesting museum is a great thing to do if you are in SJO and have a day to do something interesting. The building was truly a gem and worth going to see even if there was not exhibits. The Golden Room upstairs is breathtaking.

Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“worth a visit”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

the truth is rather small, but has great WEALTH in jades which is a long stone intervals that Costa Rican natives buried to protect them, is very interesting to know its history, are stones of many colors and shapes, in general forms of tiger are very cute and well sculpted.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank jose J
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Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“A Small Gem”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

This building, a former airport is indicative of the high value that Costa Rica places on the role of art in society. I have been enjoying visits to this museum for over twenty years and have delighted in the various renovations and improvements that I have encountered. The Sala Dorado itself is worth a visit. My only disappointment was that there no longer is an exhibit section of the permanent collection of art which I so appreciated repeatedly visiting some of Costa Rica's best loved artists. Perhaps they are on display elsewhere. I was unable to find that out.

Visited August 2013
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San Jose, Costa Rica
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Old Airport, great museum”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

You have to visit this museum, go to the Golden Room, which use to be the special receiving room at the Sabana Airport, original building of this museum. It is a beautifull Spanish building that served many years as the main international airport for Costa Rica, and now is the building for the museum, so not only the art and design work that is exhibit is worth seeing, go and enjoy the old airport!!!

Visited May 2013
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