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National Museum (Museo Nacional)

Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda | Antiguo Cuartel Bella Vista, San Jose, Costa Rica
257-221-4429
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This 19th-century building contains a well-organized exhibits on Costa Rica's history and culture.
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  • Poor3%
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Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda | Antiguo Cuartel Bella Vista, San Jose, Costa Rica
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"butterfly garden"
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"history of costa rica"
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"pre columbian"
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"old fortress"
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"bullet holes"
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"army barracks"
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"natural history"
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"beautiful butterflies"
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"temporary exhibits"
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"lots of history"
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"couple of hours"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"few hours"
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"on display"
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"sphere"
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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

The butterfly garden was the highlight for me. I was surprised that they didn't offer written guides in multiple languages. Most museums around the world do to cater to tourists. I feel like my lack of fluency in Spanish impacted my enjoyment of the museum...More

Thank Laura R
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Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Two of the five rooms were closed due restoration. The entrancefee was 9 dollar p.p. The butterflygarden was nice but the rest of the exposition was crappy. Some historyvwith objects, some modern photoart and an exhibition with peaces of wood which I didn't understand at...More

Thank Jerry F
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

It is in a lovely location but got bored fairly quickly probably because the tour guide is very enthusiastic of her country, rightly so, but gave too much info

Thank Jennyac744
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Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

I visited the national museum in early november, with an entrance fee of 9usd which is okay for a national museum. The butterfly garden was pretty cool, but after that I didnt find Anything really worthy, most exhibitions were closed, and the others were not...More

Thank Ton H
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Reviewed 30 October 2016

The National Museum is a must see place if you are in San José, Costa Rica. Great for kids but really for all ages. Besides the Pre-Columbian cultural exhibits, you will also find explanations of Costa Rican Post-Columbian history. You should plant for a good...More

Thank Sergio C
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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

It was ok most exhibits were closed. They had a nice butterfly garden but nothing to exciting. It's right next to the Market so it's a nice place to pop into but not a must see in my opinion.

Thank Cortesa C
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Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful place, very big and great to see and understand a little about Costa Rica's history. At the time I sent it was under upgrades so some of the exhibits were closed but it was free. :)

Thank Rrosado01
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

We visited in early Oct 2016, and most of the museum was closed for renovation. We decided to visit anyway and enjoyed the butterfly garden, Pre-Columbian history, and the gold room. The entrance fee was adjusted to $9 US

Thank Kasha H
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

We really enjoyed our hour or so of walking around and gazing at all the artifacts. We would visit again with the kids, for sure!

Thank Volcanclimber
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Reviewed 8 October 2016

I visited San José, CR for two days, October 1-3, and I spent the Sunday afternoon at the Museo Nacional. I was impressed by the collection of artifacts and precious objects, and the butterfly garden was amazing. Very well done. It's a lovely space that...More

Thank BBinSEA
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Brooke E
9 January 2017|
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Response from bdstephen | Reviewed this property |
It has been free while they are remodelling. At normal times are free 1 day/week
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Response from rainiershadow | Reviewed this property |
8:30a.m. to 4:30 p.m. great place to visit
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8 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.
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