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National Museum (Museo Nacional)

Open Now: 08:30 - 04:30
Open today: 08:30 - 04:30
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from US$13.50*
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This 19th-century building contains a well-organized exhibits on Costa Rica's history and culture.
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Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda | Antiguo Cuartel Bella Vista, San Jose, Costa Rica
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All reviews butterfly garden history of costa rica old fortress army barracks pre columbian natural history beautiful butterflies butterfly room bella vista temporary exhibits interesting displays lots of history couple of hours few hours on display central america sphere
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Awesome grounds, very informative. Only downside construction noise was loud and we weren’t able to observe the butterflies due to painting. Overall good experience. Place to visit if in San Jose, lots of History.

Thank JasTraveler24
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a wonderful museum. This was one of the stops on our city tour. This is a beautiful museum! I highly recommend seeing it!

Thank RetiredLinda1973
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This location was our last stop on the free walking tour and the tour guide really made me want to visit. I was very surprised when I went the next day because the backside of the museum looks nothing like the bright yellow front side,...More

Thank carolptravels
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great museum located in an old fort. Lots of good history and artifacts. Pretty much learned entire history of Costa Rica there. Took a couple hours to go through and cheap to get in, only $9 for foreigners.

Thank Roam63361984977
Reviewed 1 week ago

Museo Nacional is a great place to see the history of this small Latin American Country. Although Costa Rica is a peaceful country today, it has come at a price. Very different from Central American neighbors and other Latin Amercan countries, our founding fathers had...More

Thank Luis S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well displayed artifacts, collection of tools of early settlers in Costa Rica, their lifestyle, culture, social life and burial traditions. Good history of how Costa Rica lived through civil wars in central America, quite elaborate history of most prominent Presidents of the country including one...More

Thank Khalid M J
Reviewed 7 October 2018

This is a great way to spend 2 or 3 hours........As you enter there is a large butterfly garden where I took some great photo's. As you continue through the exhibits there will be many interesting things to see with English explanations. I sat in...More

Thank Howard W
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

Very detailed and interesting, covers precolumbian times to present. Modest price to enter. There is a butterfly garden when you first enter. We were also "entertained" by protestors in the park, unfortunatly their noise carried into the museum.

Thank fairlaneroger
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Lots of art, history and culture. We learned so much during our visit here. There are hours of interesting things to see and read. The butterfly pavilion was a pleasant surprise and a highlight of the visit. I highly recommend spending a day here.

1  Thank mythmage
Reviewed 19 September 2018

Has many nice exhibits which somehow had alot of art in it which was pretty cool too. The Butterfly Pavilion was the highlight though.

1  Thank roro3i
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23 March 2018|
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Response from CdnManu | Reviewed this property |
I think it's about USD$9... if you pay with USD and need change back, they give the change back in local currency...You can also pay in local currency but the entrance fee is higher for foreigners than locals...
23 March 2018|
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Response from Karthick R | Reviewed this property |
9 USD for a foreigner.
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9 January 2017|
Response from bdstephen | Reviewed this property |
It has been free while they are remodelling. At normal times are free 1 day/week