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“Best selection of Indigenous Art”
Review of Galeria Namu

Galeria Namu
Ranked #20 of 123 things to do in San Jose
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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.
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Many Brunka masks are found throughout the country but the quality at Galeria Namu is, by far, the best. The art of all the tribes of Costa Rica is represented here. Charming woven purses, folk art paintings, intricately woven baskets, colorful pottery, brightly painted drums, recycled wooden bowls. Very informative and educational gallery.

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RebeCR_12, Social Media Manager at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2013

We take great pride in the Brunka masks we have available. Our Fair Trade practices have allowed the finest of the masks artists to realize their fullest potential; they continue to push their artistic envelope to our delight. Keep your eyes on our website to see this great evolution unfold! Thank you!

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

I've either lived in or have visited Costa Rica since 2004 and I never miss an opportunity to visit Aisling, Conall, and Roberto. Over the years they've become more like family than friends. You simply will not find people more knowledgeable and passionate about Costa Rican indigenous art.

While my personal interest is in the Boruca Masks, Tagua Carvings and the incredible woodwork of the masterful Cristobal Marroquin ..... you can't help also getting lost in the Wounaan Baskets, Molas and original watercolor and oil paintings. My mother loves the pottery and tiles. There is something for everyone at Galeria Namu. The website is the next best thing to being there.

I think that it is important to mention what a terrific job the gallery does with their shipping. I've had at least 25 different Boruca masks shipped to Las Vegas and half a dozen orders of pottery sent to New Jersey and EVERY piece arrived in PERFECT condition. Roberto is the bomb. Order with complete confidence. Galeria Namu gets my highest recommendation.

1  Thank Dennis M
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RebeCR_12, Social Media Manager at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2013

We can only express our heartfelt thanks for your ongoing support of what you have come to know and love about Galeria Namu. Without this level of support we would not still be doing this work. Muchas Gracias!

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

I lived and worked in Costa Rica for five years and go back whenever I can. I ALWAYS make a visit to Galeria Namu. It is THE place for authentic indigenous artwork, handicrafts and "artesania" from that region of the world. The gallery owner and her staff are well informed, helpful and constantly searching for new and amazing articles that range from tiny carvings to colorful paintings and pottery to wooden masks made by natives in the jungles of Central America or beautiful furniture made from different colors of wood in Costa Rican rain forests. Ask them to tell you about helping native women artists to start a painting coop. Plan to stay a while. You won't want to leave once you begin looking at the fascinating treasures you find there.

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RebeCR_12, Social Marketing Manager at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2013

We truly appreciate being recognized for our work with the indigenous artists. Thank you for your support and the review!

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

This is the best place to buy authentic indigenous crafts, including Boruca masks, exquisite tagua-nut miniature carved animals and birds, and beautiful tightly-woven baskets. The English-speaking owner is knowledgeable and happy to discuss the provenance of each piece of handiwork. It's an education in itself just to browse here. And they will carefully wrap up your purchases for traveling.

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RebeCR_12, Social Media Manager at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2013

So important to pack art work carefully, we have some fragile pieces that require special care... and they get it! Thanks for your review.

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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.

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RebeCR_12, Socail Media Manager at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 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.

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