Museo de los Ninos
Museo de los Ninos
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LenH0647
Garrison, NY15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
It was excellent with 2 qualifiers. It is really for younger kids (8 or under) and most of the exhibitions are in Spainish although many of the guides speak English
Written August 13, 2023
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MissPerkyAK
Palmer,AK129 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
I imagine this museum was super nice in its day. Unfortunately, many of the high touch areas are broken or missing buttons. Everytime I looked over employees were on their phones, they looked extremely bored.
I will say the employee at the pre Colombian exhibit gave an excellent presentation on Costa Rican history pre Colombian to present day.
My kids were just at the age where they may have been too old for this museum 7 and 9. But it looks amazing for kiddos ages two to six. Lots of dress up and imaginative play opportunities.
Written June 13, 2023
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Tim M
Saint Louis, MO1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I went to el Museo De Ninos on high recommendation from fellow adults when I visited Costa Rica the week of May 8, 2023.From the minute I entered I was met with the usual Tico uber hospitality.The friendly and knowledgable woman at the ticket office quoted the ever so reasonable entry fee and as I was ready to pay she asked if I am a senior.SI claro.I am 65 years old and by far I began to feel like a child who belonged in the Ninos Museo.Numerous exhibits turned into guided tours of the Egyptian, firefighters, record recording studio and earthquake exhibits.The informed guides made me feel as if I was a visiting dignitary.Truly a priceless visit in more ways than I can describe.Upon leaving I had a cab called and looked back to where I started.Yes there was my friend waving and smiling from the ticket office.Off I went to CR Museo we Artes.Interesting cab trip through San Jose and the aforesaid employees gently told me a cab was only prudent way there.Full disclosure and in fairness..the tenor and friendliness described above was nowhere to be found at my last stop.No charge though as kindness continued from Nino Museo efforts. Stay young and childlike NM employees.Switch jobs for a day to help CRMA employers and employees get what works.Truly a highlight of my trips to (4)Costa Rica.Best, Tim
Written May 22, 2023
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Shawn M.
99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
For the Adults: modest sized art gallery, a small section that shows the history of the prison, and before & after prison restoration photos.

For the Kids: so many interactive exhibits - they will love it!
Written March 19, 2023
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Loyd M
Palos Verdes Peninsula2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Currently, the children's museum is housing an extreme radical feminist "art" exhibit in the section of the building called "Palacio Nacional".

This exhibit features handkerchiefs hung from the ceiling, deranged demonic artwork, a molded vagina on a pole, and a pornographic video. The pornographic video shows a butch lesbian masturbating and squirting over a metal ball and chain.

I was not expecting to accidentally expose my children to this type of degrading filth since this was a children's museum. Shame on the Costa Rican Government for allowing this type of wickedness in the Children's Museum. And shame on the Spanish Embassy for bringing this exhibit to Costa Rica.
Written March 18, 2022
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MnMsc
Paris, France351 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
We visited the museum this month and I would strongly advise AGAINST visiting it with the actual covid restrictions. It has plenty of interesting opportunities for childrens to play, but at the moment:

- you are placed in groups with other families and literally rushed from one room to another. It was a big disappointment for us as we were with older childrens, so a lot of time were spent in rooms which had not so much interest for our little one, and when we got to the rooms we were looking for, the transport area, the playground (was closed), the supermarket, the dinosaurs, we had like 2/3 minutes to spend in them !! Really frustrating for everyone.

On the top of that, they made us pay full price for our little one, because my husband (who were the only one of us allowed to go to the cashier) didn't speak spanish. He said we had a 1yo, but the guy at the entrance kept saying in spanish
"3 adults".

Best to be avoided.
Written February 10, 2021
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Dan Gillotte
108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Trip Advisor doesn't seem to have a listing for the Museo Penitencerio that shares space with the Kids museum but it's ultimately separate.
A small but informative museum reckoning with the terrible history of this prison. The museum recreates the conditions using original cells. It includes actual graffiti from the prisoners as well as statues of inmates with authentic artifacts of the the period.
The museum does a good job at taking responsibility for the atrocious conditions they allowed at this site.
Written October 18, 2019
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Klaus Battenberg
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
The story of this museum is very interessant , they told us it was a jell in the past and now it is kids museum . It is located just in front of the hotel where we stayed Best Hostel San Jose, so we walked there by curiosity to see it, then we decided to enter and visit . It was really nice.
Written August 1, 2019
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MiddleAgedCrisis
Cambridge, UK21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
Ok museum which kept my two girls amused for a couple of hours. Locals get in free, but foreigners are charged which is to be expected.

Good selection of exhibits (space, dinosaurs etc) with mixed English and Spanish descriptions.
Written April 14, 2019
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Philip D
Northumberland, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
My wife and I took our 3 year old grandson to the Museo de los Niños. The museum is a short taxi ride from the center of San Jose. At weekends it does tend to get busy so try and arrive as early as possible. It is a museum for kids so all the displays and attractions are interactive.

Our grandson is dinosaur mad and the first stop just happens to be the dinosaur display where a giant Triceratops faces off against a T-rex. The children can dress in dinosaur costumes, excavate fossils and learn about these creatures from displays around the exhibit. He loved it.

Each section of the museum covers different aspects of life. There is a safe city where the children can learn about the various rescue services and dress as police officers or firemen. They can shop in a kid’s supermarket.

There are sections covering the Earth and the Solar System, space travel, as well as personal health and hygiene. There are two aircraft cockpits, a fire engine and a London double-decker bus to explore. A large section covers the history of Costa Rica from early indigenous people through to modern times.

You can enter a small farm display and we had great difficulty trying to get the little guy away from milking the metal cow.

There is a house of distorted perception which leaves you feeling very peculiar and a hall of mirrors which allow you to take some strange photographs.

We spent a full morning in the museum and by lunch time it was full of people, so it is obviously a popular attraction for the locals. From the outside the museum looks like a fortress and that is exactly what it was, the penitentiary. There are many interesting photographs on the walls of the corridors showing how it looked before and how the same spot looks now.

If you are staying in San Jose with small children I would certainly recommend the Museo de los Niños as a worthwhile and educational way to pass the morning.
Written February 27, 2019
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