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Museo de Arte Costarricense

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Address: Parque Metropolitano de La Sabana, San Jose 10109, Costa Rica
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+506 2256 1281

This museum displays works by local artists.

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Lovely building

This museum was simply beautiful . Our tour guide explained the history of the continuous wood mural that covered the four walls of the room upstairs. I am glad I got to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Detroit, Michigan
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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum was simply beautiful . Our tour guide explained the history of the continuous wood mural that covered the four walls of the room upstairs. I am glad I got to experience such a treasure. Manual Vargas was the featured artist, he had some beautiful pieces of art on display, he is fascinated with the curves of women. There... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum is very small and almost empty. Yet, it has a special atmosphere that makes it worth a visit. You will have the chance to feel a bit of the history of San José as you will enter the building of the former airport, and can admire some beautiful sculptures inside and outside in the small garden. Combine it... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum contained beautiful art pieces, including paintings and sculptures. What made it additionally interesting is that it is in a former airport. I really enjoyed the second floor, with beautiful wood carving and murals of family life in Costa Rica.

Thank Joanie C
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A small but very nice exhibition of sculptures by Manuel Vargas. The artist is fascinated by voluptuous strong women. Fantastic figures in wood and bronze. The display blends in well with the permanent exhibition of sculture works by other Costa Rican in the garden. The former airport building in itself is worth a visit. Surprisingly cool because of the tiled... More 

Thank Robert937
Geneva, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is amazing. First, the Costa Ricans (ticos) preserve everything they can. This was an airport for the rich and famous. There is a room where the very rich waited for planes and the wood carvings are breathtaking! please visit.

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Malmo, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is next to the central park on Passe Colon. If you go on Sunday, as I did, it is free. A fine display of modern Central American art... Do not forget to go upstairs to see the impressive V.I.P. lounge.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even though there was lots of construction going on and each room you went into set off a motion sensor alarm that chirped continually it was interesting. The art on display was varied but it's the 2nd floor that makes it worthwhile! Beautiful carved walls!

Thank Laura M
Miramar Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum was in the old airport terminal and while the art was not impressive, the second floor had a large room which was originally the airport's diplomat lounge. This room was stunning. The walls portrayed the history of Costa Rica up until 1940 when the lounge was built and it is something that I will never forget. The fact... More 

Thank Donald C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved the combination of modern art and history at this place. The building itself also tells a great story. Go there and get to understand Costa Rican culture better! I went there in 2014.

Thank Sandra E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This former airport building is now a contemporary art museum. Nice sculpture garden in the back. The hardest part is crossing the street in front of the building; no pedestrian crosswalks. Admission is free and must check all bags in a complimentary locker.

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