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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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  • 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 18 May 2016

Very informative display of railroad construction well supported with photographs. Gold exhibition is also great.

Thank JoLang1
Reviewed 17 May 2016

Get ready for a huge amount of history, lots of art and reading regarding Costa Rica and its people.

Thank Andres S
Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

The national museum was a great way to spend our morning. The butterfly garden was beautiful, but the museum itself was the highlight. Thoughtful exhibition of Costa Rican history, including during colonial and post colonial periods and its demilitarization. Well worth a visit!

Thank Anthony S
Reviewed 4 May 2016

It is unassuming in the area. There are not really any signs about it. But it is an obviously large building/castle structure. Inside was interesting. There is history, botanical garden, ancient relics. I enjoyed the part which detailed the move to not have a military....More

Thank Texasteve1964
Reviewed 2 May 2016

This museum sits on the site of the former Bellavista headquarters and is a gret place to study natural and artistic products.

Thank Belinda G
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
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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.