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Museo de Arte Costarricense

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

This museum displays works by local artists.

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Worth a brief pitstop; love the history and the architecture

This former airport building is now a contemporary art museum. Nice sculpture garden in the back. The hardest part is crossing the street in front of the building; no pedestrian... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This former airport building is now a contemporary art museum. Nice sculpture garden in the back. The hardest part is crossing the street in front of the building; no pedestrian crosswalks. Admission is free and must check all bags in a complimentary locker.

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Eureka, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum is located in the old airport terminal at the east end of Parque La Sabana. There is an outdoor sculpture garden and sitting areas with some excellent examples of Costa Rican art. The interior features multiple different rooms with world class art. The airport was built in the 1930's and closed in the mid '70's, so the building... More 

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Denver, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love it because Mi Casa guesthouse is walking distance, so I recommend it to every guest. Plus you can go and enjoy a Park and really see a local live. When you go the visit the museum you will see the work of the local artists, sculptures outside. The building is the original International Airport of Costa Rica(not many... More 

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Nelson, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This small museum is pitch perfect. Beautiful and powerful art displayed with a very keen eye. We returned to view our favorite pieces again only to find we have new favorites. Virtually all the exhibits had changed. Thankfully, the incredible women who grace the grounds remain the same. That this museum is free is the topper. It truly is a... More 

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san rafael
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is housed in a building that was once an airport! The building is beautiful and the art work is a mix of modern and historical. When we were there the exhibit was of modern art wooden sculpture, paint and textile mixed media. Very moving.

1 Thank aimimi58
Monterey, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A small but contemporary art museum that requires only 30 to 60 minutes to view. The most interesting part? The gallery and adjacent park were an airport pre-1940: very interesting!

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

We visited here for 1/2 hour prior to closing. It's small & doesn't take long to view everything. I would say only need an hour to thoroughly enjoy. We found it very interesting & are glad we stopped by. Only upstairs display is in English so the descriptions or information of the rest are in Spanish only.

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Syosset, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

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 23 November 2016

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 10 November 2016

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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