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“Nice range of local art”

Museo de Arte Costarricense
Ranked #3 of 86 things to do in San Jose
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Owner description: This museum displays works by local artists.
Reviewed December 8, 2014

This museum is right on the edge of San Jose near the large greenspace and easily accessible. The sculptures in the back courtyard are wonderful! The rest of the collection changes regularly. We got in for free, so it was a nice excursion on our day to the park. But definitely not worth a special trip...

Thank Russell S
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"airport terminal"
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"sculpture garden"
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"costa rican artists"
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"sabana park"
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"vip lounge"
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"free admission"
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"four walls"
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"room upstairs"
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"perfect morning"
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"control tower"
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"air travel"
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"interesting art"
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"art pieces"
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"beautiful building"
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"love art"
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"worth a visit"
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"nice exhibits"
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Reviewed December 4, 2014

Located in La Sabana Park at Paseo Colon and Calle 42, this small art museum contains permanent and temporary exhibits and a sculpture garden outside in the rear. Building was originally the terminal and control tower of the international airport in San Jose. The Gold Room on the top floor covers the entire walls of the airport’s original official VIP reception room. A stucco bas-relief coated with bronze depicts the history of Costa Rica from pre-Colombian times through the early 1940s including landing of Christopher Columbus in 1502, colonization by Spanish, conversion of native people by priests, role of agriculture and industry and representations of the National Theatre. The history ends with a depiction of the terminal building and control tower. Outside the Gold Room is an exquisite gold throat covering necklace depicting the entire bas-relief, created by the bas-relief artist, with its original case. The best place to visit in all of San Jose if you only have one hour to spend and there is no charge to enter.

2  Thank Eric G
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Reviewed November 28, 2014

This is a small enough art museum housed in a beautiful building which was the city's former airport. It's possible to see everything in around an hour and there is free entry. There is some really interesting and unusual art by Costa Rican artists.The sculptures outside are really impressive, especially the large white marble arched structure. It's really amazing when you are up close. The former diplomat's lounge on the second floor is also amazing. I would highly recommend taking the time to check out this little museum.

1  Thank Lonan P
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Reviewed November 13, 2014

This former airport had a rather small museum but be sure not to miss the fabulous mural that goes around the entire room upstairs. It starts with native peoples and progresses through the arrival of Europeans, the development of education and technology, up to the era of the airplane. It was terrific!

1  Thank EWB-in-MB
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Reviewed November 6, 2014

Walk around the Sabana Park in San jose, looking at eutiful trees, plants and flowers and around the lake. When you finish. go to the Museo de arte costarricense where works of the best Costa Rican painters and scultors are exhibited. Do not forget to take your children with you!

2  Thank lunna
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