We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“One of the best for tribal art”
Review of Galeria Namu

Galeria Namu
Ranked #19 of 119 things to do in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Galeria Namu is a fair trade art gallery for local and indigenous artists from Costa Rica and surrounding Central America countries. Established in 1998 at this same location, visitors to Costa Rica's capital city of San Jose can find us easily behind the Holiday Inn (across from Parque Morazan).Knowledge and passion for the artists and their work is what makes a visit to Galeria Namu special; the owner, Aisling, and her son Conall, along with their support staff love to share with visitors the background of the tribe or individual artisans and the remarkable collection of unique and very special pieces available for purchase. For the past 15 years, Galeria Namu has nurtured a relationship with the artists who create folk art, gold and jade replicas, handwoven baskets, originals paintings, tagua carvings and jewelry and much more. Visit the website for hours and a sampling of what you will encounter. Be prepared to catch their enthusiasm for fair trade with these local arts and crafts.
Davis CA
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“One of the best for tribal art”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

We have collected tribal art, particularly masks, from our travels and residences around the world. The discovery of Galeria Namu was one of the highlights of our Costa Rican adventure. The collection of Costa Rican and Panama artworks in a single small gallery was breathtaking -- yet all the items are carefully selected -- no tourist trinkets here. The owners practice fair trade and stay very close to their artists, yet their prices are very reasonable compared to other places in the world. If you are in San Jose, you should plan a visit -- it is akin to a small museum. And if you can't visit, a trip to their website. We have continued to deal with them, and have never been disappointed to date.

Visited March 2012
Helpful?
2 Thank Kuhnchin
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
RebeCR_12, Socail Media Manager at Galeria Namu, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
It is heartwarming to be recognized for the research that we do as we endeavour to make our visitors more knowledgeable about Costa Rica's ethno-diversity.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

149 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    122
    22
    5
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wide variety of authentic fair trade products from passionate owner.”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

Beautiful art of all types and all price ranges, I left not only with wonderful authentic gifts (not made in Malaysia, actually supporting locals) but also with a great appreciation of indigenous Costa Rican and other central American arts I never would have had otherwise. Friendly knowledgeable staff too.

Helpful?
2 Thank marinasimone
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
RebeCR_12, Social Marketing Manager at Galeria Namu, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Glad that authentic gifts mean as much to you as they do to us!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Galeria Namu also viewed

San Jose, San Jose Metro
 

Been to Galeria Namu? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing