Galeria Namu

Galeria Namu, San Jose: Address, Phone Number, Galeria Namu Reviews: 4.5/5

Galeria Namu
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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 behind the Holiday Inn (across from Parque Morazan).Knowledge and passion for the artists and their work is what makes a visit to Galeria Namu special; the owner, Aisling, and her son Conall, along with their support staff love to share with visitors the background of the tribe or individual artisans and the remarkable collection of unique and very special pieces available for purchase. For the past 15 years, Galeria Namu has nurtured a relationship with the artists who create folk art, gold and jade replicas, handwoven baskets, originals paintings, tagua carvings and jewelry and much more. Visit the website for hours and a sampling of what you will encounter. Be prepared to catch their enthusiasm for fair trade with these local arts and crafts.
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Mary K
Greensboro, NC61 contributions
Local gem
Jun. 2021 • Couples
What a wonderful place. Focus on indigenous art - very knowledgeable of where an who made the pieces. Fair trade. Highly recommend.
Written June 26, 2021
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Jason R
Slocan Park, Canada3 contributions
Native Art
Feb. 2020 • Couples
If you are looking for native art in San Jose this is THE place. Great selection, knowledgeable, friendly staff, fair trade. Highly recommended.
Written February 2, 2020
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Extraordinary301440
Ithaca, NY8 contributions
Authentic Costa Rican art
Jan. 2020 • Couples
Unless you want a few stereotype simple souvenirs, this is where you want to go to find authentic CR art - fine folk art and indigenous people’s art of high quality on a fair trade basis. The people really know where their art comes from. We bought a small Boruca mask and they gave us a page about the artist and a picture of her. They have pieces of the seeds that intricate pieces are carved out of. If we’d had more time they were willing to guide us in arranging straightforward bus trips to visit indigenous artists. The pieces are not “cheap” in any sense, but are decently priced for the work that went into them. Just walking in is an artistic experience.
Written January 23, 2020
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Thank you for your very kind comments, we so appreciate people caring to take the time to comments as you did. Gracias!
Written January 31, 2020
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Hel M
Arlington, VA13 contributions
Very nice authentic store!
Jan. 2020
The store provides a wide range of artistic and unique goods from all over Costa Rica and is clearly a place to go if you are interested in authentic pieces which are locally made and support local artists, It is therefore also not necessarily on the cheap side but you can find things in every price range, I really liked that we were given background information on the items we bought and the artists and communities which produced them. It is clearly worse a visit and highly recommended.
Written January 21, 2020
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Lovely comments - thank you so much for taking the time to respond!
Written January 31, 2020
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Andrea K
Sacramento, CA6 contributions
Great gallery! So much better than any souvenir shops.
Jan. 2020 • Couples
After a lot of looking around at San Jose's central market, artisanal market, and other shops, we couldn't find the right art pieces to take home. This shop was exactly what we were looking for. Really beautiful pieces and none of that cheap knockoff stuff that's not from Costa Rica. The prices were reasonable and the shop owner is very knowledgeable. If you visit the Jade museum and National museum, you'll see a lot of similar art and jewelry at this shop. I highly recommend stopping by.
Written January 20, 2020
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We're glad you referenced the replicas we offer and so glad that you enjoyed your experience!
Written January 31, 2020
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Alexandra H
Denver, CO13 contributions
Galeria Namu did not disappoint!
Jan. 2020
We made a visit to Galeria Namu a priority during our short visit to San Jose, and we were glad we did. The gallery has a beautiful and diverse selection of arts and crafts of Costa Rica. We enjoyed an informative discussion with the friendly proprietor. AND we found just the piece of artwork to place on our wall In Denver and remember our visit!
Written January 16, 2020
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Many thanks Alexandra for you comments. We really appreciate the feedback!
Written January 31, 2020
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Diane K
Venice, FL3,607 contributions
Nice selection of indigenous artwork
Jan. 2020 • Couples
We stopped by this art gallery after reading the reviews on TripAdvisor and we were not disappointed. They have a nice selection of indigenous artwork. The owner was very helpful telling us the history of various pieces. We ended up buying a beautiful wall hanging that we are having shipped home.
Written January 15, 2020
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Thanks for your kind review.
Written January 31, 2020
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MeredithS3981
Flagstaff, Arizona, United States8 contributions
Don't miss this incredible gallery!
Dec. 2019
We were hoping to find authentic handicrafts from Costa Rica, but all we found was cheap appearing goods.
We discovered Galeria Namu the night we were leaving, and we couldn't have been more excited. This fairtrade gallery was filled with amazing art from many cultures throughout Costa Rica. The owner took so much time explaining the stories of the tribes and the artwork. There was so much to see and learn about in this gallery, and the passion of the owner for his work is refreshing. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the cultures of Costa Rica! You won't be disappointed in the amazing selection of artwork that is all handmade by the different cutures of Costa Rica.
Written December 26, 2019
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Lovely and thoughtful review. Thank you for your helpful input!
Written January 31, 2020
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Barbara G
Aberdeen, UK35 contributions
Worth a visit
Nov. 2019 • Friends
It took over half an hour to walk from the Park Inn Radisson to Galeria Namu but it was worth it. The shop/gallery has a varied & very tastefully selected accumulation of objects of all sizes, shapes & cost. But the premises are smaller than expected so we only stayed 15-20 minutes, then to walk back via city centre. Walking through San Jose was very interesting but not for the disabled! Galeria Namu was really nice but not outstanding.
Written November 17, 2019
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Thanks for taking the time to comment.
Written January 31, 2020
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AnneKScott
London, UK125 contributions
Crossover Experience
Aug. 2019 • Friends
Ours search for indigenous art in San Jose led to Galeria Namu. We nearly missed it though because although it is advertised as an art gallery and indeed it is one, it presents as a shop. And how it presents doesn't do it justice. It is only when we got talking to Conal that we could see the treasure that had been collected. It is a challenging dilema for most indigenous cultures to preserve tradition and yet not sell out to it. When tourists create a demand for ceremonial masks for example it is hard for the cultural currency not to be devalued. Galeria Namu walks attempts with integrity it would seem to walk this line of displaying and curating traditional crafts as well as working directly with traditional craftsman to hold on to their cultural value and make a living. Galerie Namu is well worth a visit killing 2 birds with one stone - to learn & see indigenous art and to buy a piece of it knowing that the intention is to cultivate an ongoing connection with the past by providing a livelihood for arts that would otherwise die out. A model to learn from.
Written October 11, 2019
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Very insightful response. Thank you so much for your kind comments!
Written January 31, 2020
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