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Museo de Arte Costarricense

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Address: Parque Metropolitano de La Sabana, San Jose 10109, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2256 1281

This museum displays works by local artists.

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Small art museum - interesting - worth the trip

Small art museum, worth the trip if not out of the way. Good interesting art. Was quick which is good for us as we can only do a little art at a time. Also an interesting... read more

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Syosset, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Small art museum, worth the trip if not out of the way. Good interesting art. Was quick which is good for us as we can only do a little art at a time. Also an interesting building, don't miss the room upstairs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building was the original airport when the airstrip was in Sabana Park. Excellent outdoor sculpture garden and the upstairs original diplomat room has amazing wall sculpture of the history of Costa Rica up to the late 40s when it was done WHen we visited there was a temporary ground level exhibit that children could draw and write on great... More 

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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful building that was once an airport. Features local artist, a sculpture garden and a lovely "carved" mural room. This is a small museum, with no English translations, but if you're in San Jose for a stop, take a look! You won't be disappointed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

This is a gorgeous building, all white plaster and dark wood, with a beautifully curated exhibition spanning the last hundred years of Costa Rican art. The explanation panels go to a lot of effort to explain the various influences that have come to bear on Costa Rica's artists and artistic identities. Almost all of these were in Spanish and English.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

This museum was the first stop on a city tour we did. Lots of interesting art. The room with the bronze murals was super interesting. We were lucky that our guide talked us through the history told through the murals and so much more. I think this added to the overall experience. The building and property used to be an... More 

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Carolina, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Very amazed on how this use to be the Local Airport of San Jose Sabana Costa Rica. People were helpful and knowledgable.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

This intimate little museum, although small, is full of wonderful works that chronicle the contributions of famous Costa Rican artists through different periods of art and media. The fact that the building was once an airport adds to the charm with different well- designed galleries. The sculpture garden located at the rear of the building makes great use of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Located to the west of the capital, this small museum is rich in history as it was home of our first International Airport known as ¨La Sabana Airport¨. The neocolonial airport was constructed in 1940 but used only until 1955. Its VIP-Diplomatic Room on the second floor known as the Bronze Hall holds a stucco mural created and painted in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Go and visit. Use to be International Airport. After enjoying this Art museum don't forget to visit the second floor and find the "Golden Room" visitors never find it. Totally recommend it. Sit down and enjoy peace and beauty with in history

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Great museum- it is the old airport terminal- you can go into the old VIP room- very cool. Easy to navigate the inside of the museum and there are sculptures outside, too. It is not huge and likely would only take an hour to go through and still be able to appreciate all the art.

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