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National Museum (Museo Nacional)

Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda | Antiguo Cuartel Bella Vista, San Jose, Costa Rica
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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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Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Too small and nothing inside. Display and collection very disorganised. You are better going to the National Theatre.

Thank GlobeTrotter10101
Reviewed 8 July 2016

I like museums that shows me the history of the country I'm visiting. This one had a lot in it, but a bit lacking information on what you saw. There were some posted on some of the stuff displayed, but not enough to get the...More

Thank Aasne H
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Tons of Information About the colony, the art, the indigenous artifacts and culture. Amazing info to star a trip around Costa Rica.

Thank Crvete
Reviewed 27 June 2016

There is a butterfly garden and the old fort is converted into the national museum. There are several of the ancient stone spheres that are famous in Costa Rica and they are collected conveniently here. Many wonderful funerary pieces and jades also.

Thank IBrisbane
Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

My family and I went there and learned so much about Costa Rica's history.. It had a little of everything from artifacts to a colonial home to explore... My daughter's really enjoyed the butterfly garden.. It's a must see if you visit San Jose.. one...More

Thank Candice F
Reviewed 24 June 2016

Just how I like a museum - plenty of variety & not so much of any one thing that you lose interest. Clearly readable information boards, in English as well as Spanish. Exhibits they encourage you to touch as well as those under glass. Very...More

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Reviewed 23 June 2016

We had already visited this museum but decided to go back last week on our visit to San Jose. It is extremely interesting and informative to get the essence of the rich Costa Rican culture. We truly recommend it!

Thank vacationJan2010
Reviewed 17 June 2016

This museum provided a mixed display of exhibits starting with an interesting butterfly house and then rooms in the old city barracks showing pre-Colombian effects, reproductions of ancient Roman artefacts. We liked the colonial style rooms best.

Thank BusyTravellers_12
Reviewed 11 June 2016

This museum is in a former military fort on a hill near the pedestrian mall and Hotel Presidente. It gives you a feel for Costa Rican history and excellent views of San Jose.

Thank Cynthia A
Reviewed 6 June 2016

Small museum that's right at the edge of being fairly priced for gringos. Butterfly room at the beginning, lots of pre-Columbian stuff, some of which is signed in English. Period rooms were interesting. I enjoy history, and so I liked it, but I think my...More

Thank DrMomPhD
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Brooke E
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
7 January 2017|
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Response from rainiershadow | Reviewed this property |
8:30a.m. to 4:30 p.m. great place to visit
8 October 2016|
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Response from markremarks | Reviewed this property |
As others have said, many of the exhibits have English information as well as Spanish. I don't speak Spanish either but I enjoyed my visit.