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Museo de los Ninos

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Museo de los Ninos

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MnMsc wrote a review Feb 2021
Paris, France190 contributions10 helpful votes
We visited the museum this month and I would strongly advise AGAINST visiting it with the actual covid restrictions. It has plenty of interesting opportunities for childrens to play, but at the moment: - you are placed in groups with other families and literally rushed from one room to another. It was a big disappointment for us as we were with older childrens, so a lot of time were spent in rooms which had not so much interest for our little one, and when we got to the rooms we were looking for, the transport area, the playground (was closed), the supermarket, the dinosaurs, we had like 2/3 minutes to spend in them !! Really frustrating for everyone. On the top of that, they made us pay full price for our little one, because my husband (who were the only one of us allowed to go to the cashier) didn't speak spanish. He said we had a 1yo, but the guy at the entrance kept saying in spanish "3 adults". Best to be avoided.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Dan Gillotte wrote a review Oct 2019
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Trip Advisor doesn't seem to have a listing for the Museo Penitencerio that shares space with the Kids museum but it's ultimately separate. A small but informative museum reckoning with the terrible history of this prison. The museum recreates the conditions using original cells. It includes actual graffiti from the prisoners as well as statues of inmates with authentic artifacts of the the period. The museum does a good job at taking responsibility for the atrocious conditions they allowed at this site.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Klaus Battenberg wrote a review Aug 2019
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The story of this museum is very interessant , they told us it was a jell in the past and now it is kids museum . It is located just in front of the hotel where we stayed Best Hostel San Jose, so we walked there by curiosity to see it, then we decided to enter and visit . It was really nice.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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MiddleAgedCrisis wrote a review Apr 2019
Cambridge, United Kingdom21 contributions3 helpful votes
Ok museum which kept my two girls amused for a couple of hours. Locals get in free, but foreigners are charged which is to be expected. Good selection of exhibits (space, dinosaurs etc) with mixed English and Spanish descriptions.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Philip D wrote a review Feb 2019
Leicestershire, United Kingdom11 contributions1 helpful vote
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My wife and I took our 3 year old grandson to the Museo de los Niños. The museum is a short taxi ride from the center of San Jose. At weekends it does tend to get busy so try and arrive as early as possible. It is a museum for kids so all the displays and attractions are interactive. Our grandson is dinosaur mad and the first stop just happens to be the dinosaur display where a giant Triceratops faces off against a T-rex. The children can dress in dinosaur costumes, excavate fossils and learn about these creatures from displays around the exhibit. He loved it. Each section of the museum covers different aspects of life. There is a safe city where the children can learn about the various rescue services and dress as police officers or firemen. They can shop in a kid’s supermarket. There are sections covering the Earth and the Solar System, space travel, as well as personal health and hygiene. There are two aircraft cockpits, a fire engine and a London double-decker bus to explore. A large section covers the history of Costa Rica from early indigenous people through to modern times. You can enter a small farm display and we had great difficulty trying to get the little guy away from milking the metal cow. There is a house of distorted perception which leaves you feeling very peculiar and a hall of mirrors which allow you to take some strange photographs. We spent a full morning in the museum and by lunch time it was full of people, so it is obviously a popular attraction for the locals. From the outside the museum looks like a fortress and that is exactly what it was, the penitentiary. There are many interesting photographs on the walls of the corridors showing how it looked before and how the same spot looks now. If you are staying in San Jose with small children I would certainly recommend the Museo de los Niños as a worthwhile and educational way to pass the morning.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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