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National Museum (Museo Nacional)

Open Now: 08:30 - 04:30
Open today: 08:30 - 04:30
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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 31 July 2017

This is the highlight of San Jose, with expansive facilities and lots to see. A great place to wait out the thunder storms.

Thank Canuk88
Reviewed 17 July 2017

This was my favorite museum of the three we visited in San José. I learned a lot about the history and development of Costa Rica, and the museum setting itself is very pleasant with good views and nice gardens. A bonus is that there is...More

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Reviewed 15 July 2017

We wanted to learn more about this beautiful country beyond rainforests and animals, and this was an excellent place to do that. There are different sections showing histories of the pre-columbian era, the 1800s, the building itself, and the butterfly exhibit. This museum was located...More

Thank StephB481
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

The museum was great to visit especially for first timers coming from the United States. It was my seven-year-old and myself. It was very informative and very interesting… Explain a lot of coaster Rican history. I would go again. The butterfly area was our favorite.

Thank Sara L
Reviewed 12 July 2017

I was already in the area, so I went in and checked it out, It was interesting some cool old stuff, and a bit of a history lesson on CR. Not worth a long travel to go and see it, but if you are already...More

Thank ChrisD5998
Reviewed 7 July 2017

A gr eat overview of the history of Costa Rica. I loved the displays and the history. The Building is an interesting piece of architecture. I liked the bonus of the butterfly garden.

Thank Ann M
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the national museum. The historic citadel it is held in provides a great location for the museum, and the exhibits are interesting. It seemed a little small and I can't explain why, but I left feeling a little underwhelmed.

Thank Vanessa E
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

A very interesting insight in recent Costa Rican history. Really worthwhile for foreign tourists. It is well set out and is in English and Spanish

Thank John G
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

We stopped in the coffee shop during an afternoon rain on June 20, 2017. Each of my family ordered a beverage. The Mocha Frappe is AMAZING! We'll be returning there before the end of our trip just for one more.

Thank April F
Reviewed 16 June 2017

This was a wonderful adventure. This museum houses so much Costa Rican history. It is very well presented. We loved the butterfly garden. It was like a little oasis in the middle of the City. The Costa Rica history is fascinating. This little country has...More

Thank Mary R
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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