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National Museum (Museo Nacional)

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Address: Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda | Antiguo Cuartel Bella Vista, San Jose, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 257-221-4429
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This 19th-century building contains a well-organized exhibits on Costa...

This 19th-century building contains a well-organized exhibits on Costa Rica's history and culture.

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Old Incredible Architecture

The museum has been established in an old Costa Rican building. The architecture is incredible. When we visited many areas of the museum were being updated or transformed. We... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Santa Monica, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not sure about the butterfly entrance but an interning building with a facinating history. Lovely gardens and some interesting exhibits - old photos of San Jose, period rooms - one with a most beautiful mirror - and pretty gardens.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has been established in an old Costa Rican building. The architecture is incredible. When we visited many areas of the museum were being updated or transformed. We still has a lovely visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The butterfly garden was the highlight for me. I was surprised that they didn't offer written guides in multiple languages. Most museums around the world do to cater to tourists. I feel like my lack of fluency in Spanish impacted my enjoyment of the museum as most descriptions were in Spanish and as indicated above, there were no alternative language... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Two of the five rooms were closed due restoration. The entrancefee was 9 dollar p.p. The butterflygarden was nice but the rest of the exposition was crappy. Some historyvwith objects, some modern photoart and an exhibition with peaces of wood which I didn't understand at all because the explanation was in Spanish and I couldn't make wood out of it... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is in a lovely location but got bored fairly quickly probably because the tour guide is very enthusiastic of her country, rightly so, but gave too much info

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the national museum in early november, with an entrance fee of 9usd which is okay for a national museum. The butterfly garden was pretty cool, but after that I didnt find Anything really worthy, most exhibitions were closed, and the others were not really interresting. ( i've already visited the precolombian museum) The Colonial house was Nice, but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The National Museum is a must see place if you are in San José, Costa Rica. Great for kids but really for all ages. Besides the Pre-Columbian cultural exhibits, you will also find explanations of Costa Rican Post-Columbian history. You should plant for a good 2 to 3 hours visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It was ok most exhibits were closed. They had a nice butterfly garden but nothing to exciting. It's right next to the Market so it's a nice place to pop into but not a must see in my opinion.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful place, very big and great to see and understand a little about Costa Rica's history. At the time I sent it was under upgrades so some of the exhibits were closed but it was free. :)

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We visited in early Oct 2016, and most of the museum was closed for renovation. We decided to visit anyway and enjoyed the butterfly garden, Pre-Columbian history, and the gold room. The entrance fee was adjusted to $9 US

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