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“Interesting museum at a great value”

National Museum (Museo Nacional)
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$66.25*
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Discover Costa Rica's Capital City and Museums
Ranked #5 of 117 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.
Bellevue, Washington
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Interesting museum at a great value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

Housed in the old fort where Costa Rica's military was abolished in 1948, this museum offers a number of interesting historical exhibits and the bonus of a beautiful butterfly garden. Noteworthy exhibits include a pre-Columbian artifact collection and a timeline of the civil war and events leading to the end of the military displayed in a tower where original holding cells, latrines and lookouts are preserved. The organization of some of the exhibits seem a bit out of sequence, but the English translations are good enough to follow and at about US$8 for an adult ticket, this is a great value.

Visited March 2014
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Prince George, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

Very interesting! It has quite a bit of Costa Rican history - goes back a very long ways.Nice and cool out of the heat too!

Visited February 2014
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Poznań
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The best part was closed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

I wasn't very impressed with the museum. In my opinion the butterfly garden was the best. I was disappointed that the natural history section was closed (but the entry fee wasn't reduced). I also can't understand the foreigner prices in the country which is not very cheap.

Visited February 2014
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A fun place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014

Defo, if you don't have enough time to visit other Costa Rican Museums, this one will be a good option to do.
The museum is always organizing different activities and exhibits, so, you'll always find something new to enjoy

Visited November 2013
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Yarmouth, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Look into Costa Rican history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014

Lovely butterfly garden and artifacts, self guided tour, easy to find in the center of San Jose, Clean and affordable

Visited March 2014
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