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“Delightful place to visit”

National Museum (Museo Nacional)
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$66.25*
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Discover Costa Rica's Capital City and Museums
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$110.00*
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Owner description: This 19th-century building contains a well-organized exhibits on Costa Rica's history and culture.
Atlanta, GA
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Delightful place to visit”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

We enjoyed a morning at this delightful museum. We entered through a large enclosed butterfly garden, a wonderful place for photos of butterflies and plants. We then visited other parts of the museum, which was once an army headquarters, and enjoyed the history exhibits, and touring the houses that are part of the complex. Sitting on a hill, the museum offers fantastic photo opportunities of San Jose.

Visited February 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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“Butterflies”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

When I walked in, I did not expect to see all of the buttlerflies that were on display. Once I ventured through the buterfly garden, I was able to take in the historical fort that they had transformed into a museum. If you have time, stop by. And it's a great restaurant right accross the street. Very colorful and really good Costa Rican cuisine.

Visited February 2014
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New York City, New York
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“It was okay”
Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

Nothing much to see here really. The first part was like a garden supposedly with butterflies. Unfortunately i only saw a few. Costa Rica has an interesting history though. The museum is informative. And it was election season too so they have an exhibit for that. I just hope that tourists and locals have the same entrance fee.

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Meadow Lake, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Cheaper than some of the other Museums”
Reviewed February 20, 2014

The best part of this Museum was the butterfly section. Large area with butterflies flying around and multiplying there.Worth the entrance fee

Visited February 2014
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Just ok”
Reviewed February 16, 2014

Not sure worth the cost but interesting. Go later in day and they may give a discount. Gold and pre-Columbian interesting

Visited February 2014
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