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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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Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda | Antiguo Cuartel Bella Vista, San Jose, Costa Rica
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257-221-4429
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"butterfly garden"
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"history of costa rica"
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"old fortress"
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"bullet holes"
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"pre columbian"
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"army barracks"
in 9 reviews
"natural history"
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"beautiful butterflies"
in 12 reviews
"bella vista"
in 8 reviews
"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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Reviewed February 14, 2017

This is my top must see choice for friends traveling to San Jose, I wouldn't want them to go anywhere else! The narratives that accompany the pictures are very well put together.

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Reviewed February 13, 2017

Lovely butterflies to see, very colorful. The museum was very nice,not too big with lots of culture.

Thank Maureen R
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Reviewed February 9, 2017

The butterfly garden around the entrance foyer/ramp is a fabulous introduction to this aspect of Costa Rica's natural history and the butterflies even land on certain people. one young girl kept having them land on her which she hated and kept trying to swat them....More

Thank FriskyG
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Reviewed February 7, 2017

The Butterfly Garden in the front was a pleasant surprise. After passing through that part there is not too many places to see but there is a nice tranquil garden, a very small underground art gallery and a small walk through museum. One side of...More

Thank EAMills
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Reviewed February 7, 2017 via mobile

Of you want to know everyrhing of Costa Rica's history, this is the place, you will learn everything from the first nomads that settled here up until our last decades... Cool spot

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Reviewed February 3, 2017

Excellent place to learn about the rain forest (part of the building is one) and butterflies (which are part of the rain forest). Museum also has a demonstration of the trapiche, the machine used to produce the juice from sugar cane.

Thank Charles S
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Reviewed February 3, 2017

This is quite a large site and to start with we struggled to find our way round (maybe our fault: we have little Spanish). It has an excellent introduction to the archaeological history of Costa Rica, which is very clearly set out. We also enjoyed...More

Thank culkein
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Reviewed February 2, 2017

The majority of the musem is currently under construction. The butterflies were nice to see and the one exhibit hall was mildly interesting. Save your $9 and visit the Jade Museum nearby for $15.

Thank CliveMargie
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Reviewed February 1, 2017 via mobile

The museum itself is a time capsule, but as you wander the museum, you can't help but notice all the good pictures to accompany the artifacts as well as excellent narratives. It was a pleasant surprise!

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Reviewed January 29, 2017

We enjoyed the museum although there was not alot of content. The real highlight was the butterfly house which was recently added to the museum. There were a very large number of the blue morphas. We saw several in the national parks but they were...More

Thank Donald C
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noritakiva
March 22, 2018|
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Response from CdnManu | Reviewed this property |
I think it's about USD$9... if you pay with USD and need change back, they give the change back in local currency...You can also pay in local currency but the entrance fee is higher for foreigners than locals...
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noritakiva
March 22, 2018|
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Response from Karthick R | Reviewed this property |
9 USD for a foreigner.
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Brooke E
January 9, 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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