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“Interesting History” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of National Museum (Museo Nacional)

National Museum (Museo Nacional)
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$49.69*
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Discover Costa Rica's Capital City and Museums
Ranked #5 of 115 things to do in San Jose
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Owner description: This 19th-century building contains a well-organized exhibits on Costa Rica's history and culture.
Fredericton, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Interesting History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

Nice to see some of the history of Costa Rica. Loved the atrium at the beginning with the butterflies and the plants. Not over priced. Easy to spend an hour or two.

Visited February 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Historic building, limited collection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

This was my favorite museum of the three that I visited in San Jose. The museum unfortunately doesn't have a large collection of artifacts (I assumed it would, since it's the National Museum), and the hodgepodge of exhibits is a little weird. But the building is such a gem that it outweighs these criticisms. And there's a great butterfly exhibit!

Visited January 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Decent.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

The museum is decent. Probably not that good for kids since it is a bit dry.

The gold exhibit is quite interesting. Also, there are good views of San Jose from the courtyard.

Visited November 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Some nice displays, but limited”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

The layout, around a central courtyard, is lovely, and efforts are made to translate most of the major cards into English. But it's a disappointing permanent collection for a national museum--you can easily be in and out in an hour.

Visited January 2013
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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169 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Nice Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

I have been here a few times and always enjoy the culture it shows. The pieces are interesting, but my favorite part is the butterfly section...beautiful butterflies.

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