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Galeria Namu

7th Avenue | Between 5th And 7th Streets, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2256 3412
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Beautiful shop

Lots of local art and the money goes directly to the local people producing the artwork, very good... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
smoesgaard
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Birkerod, Denmark
This is the Place for Affordable Quality Crafts!

We found this gallery had exactly what we were looking for. The owner is a fountain of information... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2018
HayKay1
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Montreal, Canada
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Galeria Namu is a fair trade art gallery for local and indigenous artists from Costa Rica and surrounding Central America countries. Established in 1998 at this same location, visitors to Costa Rica's capital city of San Jose can find us easily behind the Holiday Inn (across from Parque Morazan).Knowledge and passion for the artists and their work is what makes a visit to Galeria Namu special; the owner, Aisling, and her son Conall, along with their support staff love to share with visitors the background of the tribe or individual artisans and the remarkable collection of unique and very special pieces available for purchase. For the past 15 years, Galeria Namu has nurtured a relationship with the artists who create folk art, gold and jade replicas, handwoven baskets, originals paintings, tagua carvings and jewelry and much more. Visit the website for hours and a sampling of what you will encounter. Be prepared to catch their enthusiasm for fair trade with these local arts and crafts.
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“indigenous art” (15 reviews)
“fair trade” (33 reviews)
“woven baskets” (6 reviews)
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7th Avenue | Between 5th And 7th Streets, San Jose, Costa Rica
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+506 2256 3412
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"great gallery"
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"costa rica and panama"
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"the holiday inn"
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"buy authentic"
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"won't break the bank"
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

Lots of local art and the money goes directly to the local people producing the artwork, very good service in the shop.

1  Thank smoesgaard
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

We found this gallery had exactly what we were looking for. The owner is a fountain of information and will patiently and even eagerly answer all your questions because it is obvious he loves indigenous culture and their stories. We ended up buying a mask...More

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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

Stopped in this fabulous store, while in San Jose, after looking for places to buy authentic native gifts in Costa Rica. Was not disappointed! Great selection, especially of Brunka tribe masks.More

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

You are most kind, and we truly appreciate that you felt compelled to post a review. Sharing your thoughts with fellow travellers is sso valuable for the gallery and the artists we serve, please know that we are always touched to see enthusiastic comments such...More

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

So much to see. Loved it all. Went shopping with my mom and a tour guide who'd never been. They had items from 8 tribes in Costa Rica, street kids, and tribes from Panama, and Nicaragua. Something for everyone.More

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

Kudos to you, your mom and your tour guide, we would have been sorry had you not discovered us - our efforts at the gallery are rewarded by people like you who take the trouble to mention your experience on TripAdvisor. Many thanks and do...More

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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

After looking for high quality native art and craft throughout our visit to Costa Rica, we finally found this terrific gallery just a few steps from our hotel. They have an exceptionally wide spectrum of work — basketry, masks, jewelry, painting, batik, and much more,...More

Thank Jess M
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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

Jess, we are honoured that you addressed the high quality of art in your kind review. We trust that you found somespecial keepsake of your Costa Rica visit. Thanks again for pointing out the highlights from Namu!!

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

My wife and I went downtown San Jose to see Costa Rican art, this gallery was great. The gallery owner is very knowledgeable and transmit his love for art. I would recommend to visit this gallery to any art lover.

Thank Clement S
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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

Thanks Clement we are delighted you took the time to write such a nice review. We hope you left with a deeper understanding of the role of folk and native art in Costa Rica!

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

Wonderful selection of artwork and crafts from indigenous peoples from all around Costa Rica and Central America. Their selection of Borucan carved masks is excellent. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable and was able to pack our purchases for travel. They have informational handouts about...More

Thank Rob F
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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

Thank you Rob, we are delighted that you came to visit us and that you reported in your review how we have a wide selection of not only costa rican art but also some indigenous art from other Central American countries. Packing safely for shipping...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Superb. A short walk from the centre. Free. Aesthetically enriching if not inspiring. Staff definitely inspiring. Ask about the cultures, the individuals and the craft that goes into these creations.. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! Conall was fascinating and impressive. The crafts were amazing The...More

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Philip, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with Galeria Namu with TripAdvisor readers and we're grateful for your generous praise. Come back soon!!

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

They had a great collection of unique objects sold at a great price. Each item had a detailed back-story. If you’re in downtown San Jose, it’s a must-do.More

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you for you review Alanna and we appreciate that you recognise its importance for any visitors to San Jose! You will find more background information on our detailed website, having the context of a piece of art is such a valuable part of the...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

You will find creations for all budgets. REAL crafts, NOT made in China. Even if you don't buy a thing, it is a pleasure to see the wide range of crafts--very high qualityMore

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you Amy! We especially like to hear that you greatly enjoyed even the visual pleasure of being in the gallery.. We are proud of the quality and of the fact that so many think it resembles a museum!! We hope you will visit us...More

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Kafitz123
22 June 2016|
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Response from celticachica | Property representative |
It depends - some people spend 20 minutes browsing while others take an hour of more
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Yamileth O
3 March 2016|
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Response from CobaltConnection | Reviewed this property |
There is no ticket needed to enter the gallery/shop. If you drive, there is a parking lot across the street which charges very little to park.
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