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National Museum (Museo Nacional)

Closed Now: 08:30 - 04:30
Open today: 08:30 - 04:30
The National Museum Admission Ticket
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The National Museum Admission Ticket
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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 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
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

An absolute gorgeous building. The details are amazing. We had a good guide, however, if I could make a recommendation, it would be that more information on the history of this beautiful building, be provided during the tour.

Thank Jeff W
Reviewed 16 June 2017

It's understandable, but also somewhat unfortunate, that so many tourists who land in San José spend as little time in the city as possible and immediately head to Costa Rica's other destinations. The country is not only brimming with natural wonders but also has a...More

1  Thank Matt P
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

This is a huge museum filled with Costa Rican history! When you first walk in it's a wonderful butterfly garden filled with beautiful butterflies of all sizes. The next part is a lot of reading and pictures about their former military the next half of...More

1  Thank Lori A
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

Just walking into the museum, you get to see a wide array of butterflies. Everything after that was very well organized and the displays were relevant and easy to understand for non-scientists.

Thank Anne W
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

This museum share a plaza with the jade museum so it is very close but other activities. The building use to be an old fort so it is situated on top of a small hill. The entrance of the museum is a butterfly farm which...More

Thank Michelange M
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Great butterfly gardens, wide mixture of pressure Columbiana and costa rica modern identity. It is located in an old Fort. The natural history section is closed to the general public, but they were accomodations in getting us in

Thank LostGringo2013
Reviewed 6 June 2017

The National Museum contains a lot of Costa Rican history, from many regions. Lots of artifacts. The butterfly garden is nice, and some of the exhibits are very interesting. The fact that it is in an actual fort also adds an element of interest. Not...More

Thank DocTK
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

On our way to the Jade museum one of the locals recommended us to visit the National Museum as it was suppose to have a little of everything. To our taste, it did! You first go through a butterfly garden we're hundreds of butterflies greet...More

Thank Betsy B
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Some highlights include the butterfly garden and the fact that they had an orchestra playing in the afternoon when we visited. This sued to be the fort for the army and they have done a great job of leaving some of it intact and using...More

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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