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National Museum (Museo Nacional)

Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda | Antiguo Cuartel Bella Vista, San Jose, Costa Rica
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This 19th-century building contains a well-organized exhibits on Costa Rica's history and culture.
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Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda | Antiguo Cuartel Bella Vista, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I very much enjoyed getting to learn about the history of Costa Rica here! The butterfly exhibit was a fin way to start off the experience as well.

Thank Erin B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were on out way to a local market when we found this imposing castle. The entrance price was reasonable The exhibits were well organized They have a wonderful butterfly garden at the begin of the tour. This added treat was almost worth the price...More

Thank Pappylongstockings
Reviewed 1 week ago

Entry is $9. For a national museum that's great. It's located in an old fort and they did well with the space they had. Butterfly conservatory to start it off, followed by the miltary history, ancestry and the more recent history.

Thank LJ_Can
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to his wake with my CR friends in 91 .The line was a mile long..True national hero..Great view of the city and a significant part of CR history. I took this eclipse picture on that trip

Thank diverbuddy67
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am a personal translator and tour guide and I had the privilege to go to this beautiful Museum with them... I love the Butterfly farm....

Thank Nomadtranslator1980
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum offers a range of exhibits, ranging from the initial butterfly enclosure, to army history and a cultural timeline of Costa Rica. It’s based around a peaceful central courtyard with a nice view over San Jose. It will take several hours to take everything...More

Thank anmcguk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed the surroundings of this museum as well as the butterfly exhibit that welcomed us as we toured the various sections of this interesting and varied sight. We learned so much about the history of Costa Rica and its people.

Thank Tchochki
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Going on the Sunday it is free, there is many rooms to visit plenty different art and Costa Rican history, very nice

Thank Gheefrenchie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome exhibit depicting development of Costa Rica up until 1950s. Lots to see and great exhibits. Clean and safe

Thank Laura L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent 4 hours in this wonderful musuem. It has a little of everything and a great butterfly garden as you first enter. I highly recommend stopping here if you are in San Jose.

Thank Paul C
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Brooke E
10 January 2017|
Response from bdstephen | Reviewed this property |
It has been free while they are remodelling. At normal times are free 1 day/week
8 January 2017|
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Response from rainiershadow | Reviewed this property |
8:30a.m. to 4:30 p.m. great place to visit
9 October 2016|
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Response from markremarks | Reviewed this property |
As others have said, many of the exhibits have English information as well as Spanish. I don't speak Spanish either but I enjoyed my visit.