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Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum

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Address: Avenida 1, Calle Central y 2, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2441 4775
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Juan Santamaria Cultural Historical Museum is the national institution to...

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 Old Alajuela's City Jail. The Museum have historial and art exhibitions, cafe, bookstore, library and an auditorium where cultural activities take place.

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History of independence a short distance from airport to kill time

If you have several hours to kill time at the airport, or are staying in downtown Alajuela, this is a great place to visit for free to learn about Costa Rica's history of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 July 2016
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This Museum was undergoing remodeling and there was very little to see. I also almost got clobbered by a rope a guy dropped down out of an attic from a ladder. I was glad it was free. I do not recommend whatsoever.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The historical cultural museum is an interesting way to introduce yourself to Costa Rica. It provides bilingual synopsis of Costa Rican history through a few different rooms. The museum isn't magnificent or overwhelming but its a good way to spend an afternoon out of the sun if you are looking to escape the heat in the summer.

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

I really learned a lot here- not just about Juan Santamaria but they provide an in depth history of the context of the battle at Rivas. Who knew that a US lawyer and his "filibusters" could have such an impact on Central American history. walker wanted to turn the region into a slave colony- no wonder they are so proud... More 

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Atenas, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

This old fort also used for other government purposes is now a great history museum. The building is interesting for architectural fans and the inside displays full of history details.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

This was a very nice museum to understand some of the history of Costa Rica. On the smaller side which makes it manageable. You can easily get through it in an hour or two especially if you're an English speaker as only maybe 40% of the material has an English translation. Nonetheless I was very happy I could read some... More 

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

If you have several hours to kill time at the airport, or are staying in downtown Alajuela, this is a great place to visit for free to learn about Costa Rica's history of independence. It is small and can be perused in an hour, some rooms are closed because the museum is still in remodelation. Occasionally there are live folkloric... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Did you know? who tried to claim Costa Rica during the US Civil War? Well, go visit & enjoy the time to understand why Costa Rica is a beautiful Place. Plenty of information on the culture... plan on a few hours, then walk to the park or market for a cup of coffee or ice cream.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

Went to the museum to kill some time with my girlfriend. The building was very nice and it was free so it's definitely worth while to check out, especially if you are staying close. There were quite a few rooms closed when we went but the rooms that were open were very interesting and informative. It's a good spot to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

We had a bit of difficulty because the electricity was off at the museum so we had to get flashlights. A lot of the explanations are only in Spanish which added to the challenge. However, the story of how a U.S. citizen tried to take over Central American countries in order to profit from slavery was news to me. It's... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

The day I visited the museum was free for some reason. There are some very official men upon entering that describe the rules (no flash photos, drinks, food) of the museum and have you sign in. It was a good place to escape the noise and heat of the square. Some signs in English which was surprising because very few... More 

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