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Museo de Arte Costarricense

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Address: Parque Metropolitano de La Sabana, San Jose 10109, Costa Rica
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This museum displays works by local artists.

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A beautiful building

This museum contained beautiful art pieces, including paintings and sculptures. What made it additionally interesting is that it is in a former airport. I really enjoyed the... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
Joanie C
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Oakville, Canada
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Oakville, Canada
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

This museum contained beautiful art pieces, including paintings and sculptures. What made it additionally interesting is that it is in a former airport. I really enjoyed the second floor, with beautiful wood carving and murals of family life in Costa Rica.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

A small but very nice exhibition of sculptures by Manuel Vargas. The artist is fascinated by voluptuous strong women. Fantastic figures in wood and bronze. The display blends in well with the permanent exhibition of sculture works by other Costa Rican in the garden. The former airport building in itself is worth a visit. Surprisingly cool because of the tiled... More 

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Geneva, Illinois, United States
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

This museum is amazing. First, the Costa Ricans (ticos) preserve everything they can. This was an airport for the rich and famous. There is a room where the very rich waited for planes and the wood carvings are breathtaking! please visit.

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Malmo, Sweden
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

This is next to the central park on Passe Colon. If you go on Sunday, as I did, it is free. A fine display of modern Central American art... Do not forget to go upstairs to see the impressive V.I.P. lounge.

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Thank Tony C
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Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Even though there was lots of construction going on and each room you went into set off a motion sensor alarm that chirped continually it was interesting. The art on display was varied but it's the 2nd floor that makes it worthwhile! Beautiful carved walls!

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Miramar Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

The museum was in the old airport terminal and while the art was not impressive, the second floor had a large room which was originally the airport's diplomat lounge. This room was stunning. The walls portrayed the history of Costa Rica up until 1940 when the lounge was built and it is something that I will never forget. The fact... More 

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Thank Donald C
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

I loved the combination of modern art and history at this place. The building itself also tells a great story. Go there and get to understand Costa Rican culture better! I went there in 2014.

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phoenix
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

This former airport building is now a contemporary art museum. Nice sculpture garden in the back. The hardest part is crossing the street in front of the building; no pedestrian crosswalks. Admission is free and must check all bags in a complimentary locker.

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Eureka, California
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

The museum is located in the old airport terminal at the east end of Parque La Sabana. There is an outdoor sculpture garden and sitting areas with some excellent examples of Costa Rican art. The interior features multiple different rooms with world class art. The airport was built in the 1930's and closed in the mid '70's, so the building... More 

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Denver, North Carolina
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

I love it because Mi Casa guesthouse is walking distance, so I recommend it to every guest. Plus you can go and enjoy a Park and really see a local live. When you go the visit the museum you will see the work of the local artists, sculptures outside. The building is the original International Airport of Costa Rica(not many... More 

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