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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.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good40%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
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Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda | Antiguo Cuartel Bella Vista, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

Architecturally very nice building/fortress. Didn't have enough time to fully walk it through, but expositions that I've seen thrilled and interested me

Thank Karim G
Reviewed 28 April 2016

I really enjoyed this museum, we had one day in San Jose at the start of the trip and decided to go here. Amazing room of butterflies and hummingbirds and then a lovely, interesting and relaxed museum at the back. They have a good variety...More

Thank ReviewSloth
Reviewed 28 April 2016

Located in San Jose center lots of history on the building itself was a forth converted to museum. Inside there are lots of interesting combination of exhibits butterflies, military, former presidents quarters, paintings and much to much to mention you won't be disappointed. next door...More

Thank elticorico
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Very interesting. Quite a story of the transformation of the government and how they treated the citizens.

Thank 987FrankC
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Very interesting took a lot of pics you learn a lot of the pre-Columbian culture...Highly recommended.

Thank Lydia L
Reviewed 25 April 2016

I had 3 museums on my list to explore while in San Jose, CR. The National Museum, the Gold Museum, and the Jade Museum. I hit the National Museum first and it covered everything of the two others and as a plus when you go...More

2  Thank shfc1991
Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

The design of this museum instantly caught my eye! The museum houses a number of interesting sections including a collection of butterflies, prehistoric animal display and a description of the history of San Jose.

Thank Susanne L
Reviewed 22 April 2016

While on a self-guided walking tour along Central Avenue (Avenida Central) pedestrian mall, I came across an interesting park with a yellow building at the other end. Approaching, I saw a sign designating this National Museum. What a delight to find a butterfly garden and...More

Thank DeanMurphy2020
Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

We learned alot about Costa Rican indigenous history. Really liked the carved stools and art. Nicely exhibited and english signs. Kids loved it.

Thank June C
Reviewed 17 April 2016

This great centrally located museum gave us a great overview of the history of Costa Rica. It has a lovely butterfly garden and various different rooms with interesting history and explanations. Worth a visit!

Thank kathys377495
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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.