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National Museum (Museo Nacional)

Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda | Antiguo Cuartel Bella Vista, San Jose, Costa Rica
257-221-4429
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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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"butterfly garden"
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"history of costa rica"
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"old fortress"
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"bullet holes"
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"pre columbian"
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"army barracks"
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"natural history"
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"beautiful butterflies"
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"bella vista"
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"lots of history"
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"couple of hours"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"few hours"
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"on display"
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"central america"
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Reviewed 9 May 2017

I spent 2 hours here on a weekday afternoon. The ticket costs $4 for locals and $9 for foreigners. The museum is in an old fort and is quaint and charming. The entrance is through a butterfly garden - don't expect a wide variety of...More

Thank Smeeta B
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

We visited with family and it was a great tour, especially the butterflys. The grounds are large and the building is a fort, which we all explored. We had fun with the Spanish signage and another family with similar aged children helped translate.

Thank Teresa H
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Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

The museum presented the history of Costa Rica from the pre-Columbian period and how the influences of North America and South America made the central American country what it is today.

Thank Frank B
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

We began out journey in the butterfly garden. It was breathtaking...and then we arrived at this amazing exhibit in the area that used to be a prison in the East Tower. Overall, the museum was very accessible as my partner uses a wheelchair. His admission...More

1  Thank Rachel J
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

The entrance through the butterfly house is fantastic. Then an interesting overview of Costa Rica's history. Maybe a couple of hours, then out through the butterfly house again. Wonderful.

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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the opportunity to learn a bit of Costa Rican history. The price was reasonable and it was the National Museum.

Thank Cyril T
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

The museum is housed in an attractive old fort and you walk through a butterfly house to get to it. Very nice gardens with precolumbian stonework.

Thank lesleyrosemary
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

Visited this museum and stayed for about 3 hours. This was long enough to see just about everything. It is in the grounds of the old fort and there is a lovely garden area on the way in filled with beautiful butterflies. It was very...More

Thank mikehoare
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

The entry to this museum was free to the public because of construction. Located in downtown San Jose, this museum is situated at the Plaza de la Democracia. This former army barracks contains historical and archaeological displays. Of greater interest to us was the enchanting...More

Thank Joan H
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Well worth the entry fee, loved everything this had to offer and would say to anyone visiting San Jose to spend some time here as it was really special

Thank ukdianeuk
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noritakiva
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...
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noritakiva
23 March 2018|
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Response from Karthick R | Reviewed this property |
9 USD for a foreigner.
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Brooke E
9 January 2017|
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Response from bdstephen | Reviewed this property |
It has been free while they are remodelling. At normal times are free 1 day/week
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