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Galeria Namu

7th Avenue | between 5th and 7th streets, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2256 3412
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A must for indigenous and folk art collectors

If you a collector of folk art or indigenous art, this small gallery is an absolute must see when... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
ArtAndFood
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California
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Amazing selection of indigenous crafts!

We discovered the magic of Galeria Namu quite by accident on our first day in the area as we were... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
TSOTP
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Yarmouth, 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 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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7th Avenue | between 5th and 7th streets, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you a collector of folk art or indigenous art, this small gallery is an absolute must see when you are in San Jose. It is walking distance from the Teatro National and the Gold Museum, just a block from the Morazon Park/Temple of Music....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We discovered the magic of Galeria Namu quite by accident on our first day in the area as we were staying at a hotel just up the street! We were mesmerized by the talent of the artisans and variety of crafts available! The saleswoman was...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

We visited Costa Rica this past week and visited Galeria Namu on May 10th .. Beautiful Country and a amazing store with such a nice Owner who was extremely helpful .. He gave us so much information about all the Indigenous Crafts and the reason...More

Thank deancorso19
celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2017

We thank you for taking the time to write a review on your experience at Galeria Namu! How lovely to see that you appreciated so much knowing that your purchases were of great support to the artists - Fair Trade means you directly have helped...More

Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

This shop sells beautifully crafted indigenous artworks and crafts such as paintings, sculptured items, masks, pottery, etc. Ask for an explanation and you will get a lesson in early Costa Rican history. It may be priced a little high, but it's a wonderful shop to...More

Thank mlusky
celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2017

Thanks for your kind words, it makes us happy to have the high quality of art we offer get recognition. Just a mention that Fair Trade is our pricing methodology - we feel that the artist should get the best monetary compensation possible,.

Reviewed 7 March 2017

Costa Rican art is typically carved wood and leather chairs which get boring pretty fast, so this location is a great find. They support the 6 indigenous tribes in the area so anything you buy supports the preservation of these people. Nothing they sell is...More

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2017

Thank you so much for the acknowledgement of our mission of honouring the artists whose art we offer and the contextual information to accompany it.

Reviewed 27 February 2017

I had purchased the typical souvenirs one can acquire anywhere (tank tops, magnets, etc.), but I needed gifts for some special people back home that surpassed the mundane. Welcome to Galeria Namu! This is an environmentally- & culturally-conscious establishment. Its contents have all been crafted...More

Thank Miki D
celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2017

Thank you so very much. We gratly appreciate your comments AND the fact that you highlight some of the things that we do that we're proud of: good customer service, shipping purchases, culturally sensitive, etc. Please come again to visit!

Reviewed 24 February 2017

Brilliant little shop - a real highlight of San Jose. Top class art from Central America, particularly Costa Rica. Fair Trade so artists are paid properly, and great variety...and we were given detailed background information by the owner too. Wins all round!

Thank yogawithmeg
celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2017

How lovely to get such glowing accolades!! Thank you for taking the time to write about us, we so appreciate getting the word out about our Fair Trade gallery!

Reviewed 15 February 2017

This place was magnificent. It's a fair trade art gallery for Costa Rican tribal art run by a friendly and knowledgeable lady. I went there to shop for Boruca masks (Brunka is actually the proper name). I planned on buying 2-3 pieces, ended up walking...More

Thank Kevin R
celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2017

Your comments are most kind and we truly appreciate your comments. It underscores exactly what it is that we're trying to do: give visitors to the country a sense of some of the extraordinary culture that they might not otherwise know about!!

Reviewed 12 January 2017

We were intrigued by the history and significace of Baruka Masks and wanted to buy something that was used in a ceremony rather than one that would be just a novelity purchase. We found Namu while searching on internet and decided to pay a visit...More

Thank sanguine9
celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2017

Thank you for your kind comments regarding not only the authenticity of our art, but also that no matter how fragile, we are able to offer careful packing for your piece!

Reviewed 2 January 2017

Namu sells a great variety of Costa Rican handicrafts, a far more diverse selection of arts than the Mercado Artesania and much higher quality. Namu is the only shop I visited in San Jose which sells reproductions of pre-Colombian gold and silver broaches/amulets in the...More

Thank Alan W
celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2017

We thank you for you kind response to your gallery visit and for expressing the diversity and quality we offer!!

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Kafitz123
How long does it take to walk through?
22 June 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
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Yamileth O
Howe much are the ticket for the Namu Gallery?
3 March 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.
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