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Amazing Collection

This is an incredible gallery store. The owner has amassed a dazzling collection of indigenous art... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Vancouver, Canada
Ah the masks!

The painted carved masks are really spectacular. Worth a visit just to view these gallery quality... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
San Jose, Costa Rica
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Galeria Namu is a fair trade art gallery for local and indigenous artists from Costa Rica and surrounding Central America countries. Established in 1998 at this same location, visitors to Costa Rica's capital city of San Jose can find us easily...more
7th Avenue | Between 5th And 7th Streets, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2256 3412
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’m surprised this is rated the #1 thing to do in San Jose. I wouldn’t call it a gallery, but definitely the most appealing artwork available for purchase I have seen during my two weeks in Costa Rica.

Thank Sarah_nz31
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an incredible gallery store. The owner has amassed a dazzling collection of indigenous art, ceramics, textiles and weaving from all corners of Central America. Prices are reasonable and fair trade. Not to be missed.

Thank DrewF1980
Reviewed 27 August 2018

The painted carved masks are really spectacular. Worth a visit just to view these gallery quality masks.

Thank paulfervoy
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

The range of Brunka/Boruca masks here is incredible. We weren't going to manage driving all the way to the village on our trip (sadly) and this gallery had by far the best range, both on quality, variety and number. Yes, they are more expensive than...More

Thank Ruth K
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

This small Galeria is chock full of excellent pieces from different regions and time periods. You will be able to purchase some of the pre-Columbian pieces shown in the Jade Museum. Reasonably priced and excellent quality. It's tucked away by the Holiday Inn.

Thank Dolly L
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Definitely recommend if looking for arts and handicrafts made in Costa Rica. I plan on heading back at the end of my trip for a painting I spotted!

Thank LindsayV857
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We really enjoyed seeing the beautiful local crafts. Staff is helpful and informative. We got a small handcrafted basket to remember our trip!

Thank ccanderso
Reviewed 14 May 2018

Lots of local art and the money goes directly to the local people producing the artwork, very good service in the shop.

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2018

Many thanks, may your kind words be an inspiration to others to check out the beautiful and authentic art we offer!

Reviewed 25 April 2018

We found this gallery had exactly what we were looking for. The owner is a fountain of information and will patiently and even eagerly answer all your questions because it is obvious he loves indigenous culture and their stories. We ended up buying a mask...More

Thank HayKay1
celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2018

We are very grateful to you for your enthusiastic response! Glad that you realise we make it our business to include as much information - both in the moment and written - about the amazing art we offer. We know personally these artists and have...More

Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Stopped in this fabulous store, while in San Jose, after looking for places to buy authentic native gifts in Costa Rica. Was not disappointed! Great selection, especially of Brunka tribe masks.More

Thank deflep22
celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

You are most kind, and we truly appreciate that you felt compelled to post a review. Sharing your thoughts with fellow travellers is sso valuable for the gallery and the artists we serve, please know that we are always touched to see enthusiastic comments such...More

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22 June 2016|
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Response from celticachica | Property representative |
It depends - some people spend 20 minutes browsing while others take an hour of more
Yamileth O
4 March 2016|
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Response from CobaltConnection | Reviewed this property |
There is no ticket needed to enter the gallery/shop. If you drive, there is a parking lot across the street which charges very little to park.