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Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum

Closes in 8 min: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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I enjoy getting the history of Costa Rica. It's good knowing what strong men & women living here... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2018
Patricia D
West Palm Beach
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Free admission belies the quality of this museum

Across the street at the northwest corner of Alajuela's main plaza is this museum that is contained... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2018
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Juan Santamaria Cultural Historical Museum is the national institution to acquire, preserve, preserve, research and disseminate cultural heritage, related to the National Campaign and the province of Alajuela. It is located in the Old Headquarer and...more
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Avenida 1, Calle Central y 2, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
+506 2441 4775
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

In central Alajuela, this history museum is not sufficiently well-known. It is free and offers important events in Costa Rican history as well as exhibits of contemporary Costa Rican artists. I just wrote a review of Jalapanos, a great restaurant only two blocks away. A...More

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

A good place to spend about an hour. A great insight into the history. Not all the info is translated into English though.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

I enjoy getting the history of Costa Rica. It's good knowing what strong men & women living here. All free. And sometimes you get a free concert in the park.

Thank Patricia D
Reviewed 20 March 2018

Across the street at the northwest corner of Alajuela's main plaza is this museum that is contained in a building that once served as a jail. The first big surprise was that no admission was charged, at least on the Wednesday afternoon that I went....More

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Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

We visited this museum when we were just wondering around downtown one morning. It a beautiful building and it had lots of cool displays but most of the signs were in Spanish so we didn’t get the whole experience. There was no fee for entry...More

Thank kelly w
Reviewed 9 January 2018

Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum is a great place to learn a little bit about Costa Rica's history. Our family spent part of a morning there looking at the displays that tell the story of this national hero and the events that shaped Costa Rica....More

Thank Ming H
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Very interesting historical summary of Costa Rica. Exhibits of clothing and tools used in the past.I was surprised to read the displays and learn of the turbulent evolution of today's modern country. Probably known to every local school kid in Costa Rica, but as a...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

It’s a nice museum. Well kept and easy to follow. English is available. Interesting history, great displays, old artifacts and even art gallery intergeaded. We were very fortunate to come on a day when it was free to the public. We enjoyed our visit.

Thank Aura H
Reviewed 30 September 2017

This was a great place to learn about the melding ways of the 19th century filibusterists from the USA and how Costa Rica gave them the boot and established their modern state. They should be proud of their history and culture. While quite small the...More

Thank smeissne
Reviewed 17 August 2017

I was so pleased to find out this museum was free! It's located in an old military barracks and (I think, if I remember correctly) tells the story of Costa Rica's civil war and war with Nicaragua. Not surprisingly, US landowners were involved for monetary...More

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Response from Canadians2Ottawa | Reviewed this property |
I would think so however there is a security guard at the door when you enter worst case you could probably leave it with him