We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Avenidas 3 y 5, Calles 15 y 17, San Jose 10104, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2257 9370
Website
Today
09:30 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Description:

Contemporary Art and Design Museum at the National Cultural Centre -CENAC-...

Contemporary Art and Design Museum at the National Cultural Centre -CENAC- the old Liquor Factory.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
USD 51.00*
and up
San José City Tour
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 95 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 17
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
small but nice museum

"not another museum" said our youngest (17) when we went there. but afterwards "wow, this was nice". modern art with humor.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 August 2016
heemskerk f
,
The Hague, The Netherlands
Add Photo Write a Review

95 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 52: English reviews
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We saw the exhibit Trees Remember Too by Swiss-Tico artist, Niklaus Manuel Güdel. The exhibit aims to impress upon the viewer nature's force in withstanding war's destruction. Set inside an oil tank, the hollowness of it contrasted with tree trunk rings made me feel how singularly oppressive bombs can be. Yet the tree rings representing nature are a reminder that... More 

Helpful?
Thank Sergio R
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Thought provoking art, don't forget to stop by the tank on the outside of the museum! if you love art please don't leave San Jose without stopping here!

Helpful?
Thank giovanaaviles
The Hague, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
49 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

"not another museum" said our youngest (17) when we went there. but afterwards "wow, this was nice". modern art with humor.

Helpful?
Thank heemskerk f
Copenhagen, Denmark
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Beeing the only national modern art museum in Costa Rica it is a very small museum, with a very limited exhibition (juli 2016) with not only Costa Rican artist. There must be so much more to show from the Costa Rican art scene, but you won`t find it here.

Helpful?
Thank Hanna2211
San Jose, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

You'll never see the same exposition twice, they are constantly changing, bringing new stuff and new artist, so you can walk by at any moment to check the art. More than 4 big halls full of pieces, it's a nice place to spend an hour or two, relax and think about many human issues around us. The museum does makes... More 

Helpful?
Thank MauricioRZCR
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

The museum covers covers a wide range of contemporary Arts and Design. There are paintings from some of the most famous Costa Rican painters. Paintings showing the various stages of mining are very interesting.

Helpful?
Thank alexhawk21
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

Not a whole lot there, but some interesting exhibits, mostly in Spanish. They do have free Wi-Fi so get out your google translator and have some fun, some of the exhibits are hands on like the Lotus blossoms.

Helpful?
Thank David M
Winnipeg, Canada
Level Contributor
23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

This is a wonderful building, but the contents when we were there seemed pretty amateurish. Luckily we got in when there was no cover charge. Still, worth going to if you have any interest in modern art.

Helpful?
Thank Shelley S
Level Contributor
33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016 via mobile

Costa Rica isn't known for its artists but the ones who's works were displayed I was seriously impressed. The room with the relief mural that filled four walls in a large room depicting the history of Costa Rica was beautiful, informative and the best piece of work

Helpful?
Thank awagner2287
Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
184 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

Some interesting exhibits...who knew the art would be so avantguard! Free to get in! Small gift shop with local products.

Helpful?
1 Thank WallysworldCalgary

Travellers who viewed Museum of Contemporary Art and Design also viewed

San Jose, San Jose Metro
 

Been to Museum of Contemporary Art and Design? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Museum of Contemporary Art and Design staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?