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I’m surprised this is rated the #1 thing to do in San Jose. I wouldn’t call it a gallery, but... read more

Reviewed November 3, 2018
Brisbane, Australia
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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 October 30, 2018
Vancouver, Canada
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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

Superior tourist rubbish.....well overpriced and often very crudely made. I was very disappointed after the reviews.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Perrygrinate
Reviewed November 3, 2018 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.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DrewF1980
Reviewed August 27, 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Paul F
Reviewed August 1, 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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Ruth K
Reviewed July 28, 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.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Dolly L
Reviewed July 27, 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!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank LindsayV857
Reviewed July 9, 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ccanderso
Reviewed May 13, 2018

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

Date of experience: April 2018
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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2018

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

Reviewed April 24, 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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank HayKay1
celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 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

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June 22, 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
March 3, 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.