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Museo de los Ninos

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Address: Calle 4, al norte de la Avenida 9, San Jose, Costa Rica
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506 258 4929
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Great spot for children

If you came to San Jose with kids younger than 10 this is a great option. Will learn about Costa Rica, dinosaurs, farm, profession, history among others. It's a half day plan but... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you came to San Jose with kids younger than 10 this is a great option. Will learn about Costa Rica, dinosaurs, farm, profession, history among others. It's a half day plan but there is almost no place to eat and it's near nothing.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited many children museums in US and Canada. This one is not the top of them all but it is worth a visit. My 8 years old loves the shopping area. She actually thinks what we have at home and chooses what we need to buy and think thrice to trade items for smaller size. I was impressed... More 

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Duncan BC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this museum as a solo almost-non-Spanish-speaking adult, but I was impressed nonetheless. As others have noted, it has a wild assortment of attractions. Every room seems to have a dedicated staff member whose job it is to host any visitor and guide them round that particular spot. Would have worked wonders for my children (had they spoken Spanish),... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great fun, great variety- much work in progress but still well worth a look at thei HUGE old prison building now housing all sorts of interesting stuff for kids, adults & art lovers with its small modern art exhibition. More labels in English & more English speaking & better informed facilitators would be god but with a smattering f Spanish... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the opportunity to visit this museum during an art city tour, and I really liked it, it has different scenarios that keep you curious in what else you would be able to see.

Thank Karla G
Oslo, Norway
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

This was one of the oddest places I've been in a long time. Long story short; as a museum, it's not great, especially if you don't speak Spanish. It's very much aimed at a Costa Rican audience, and it has definitely seen better days. A lot of the exhibits are threadbare and outdated; when we visited, large parts of the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I was quite disappointed as the displays are really outdated. There are no English sub titles so a parent cannot givetheir child an in depth dissertation unless Spanish is one's language. Too bad. Neat setting in a former prison!

Thank Martha B
Grecia, Costa Rica
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This former prison has become a wonderful museum and despite its name, has many exhibitions that folks of all ages will enjoy. Went to an amazing photography exhibit several months ago.

Thank dustymar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

I am a Science Teacher and I took my family (kids aged 9 and 11) and we all LOVED it! We have very high expectations for Science centers and for Kids museums, as we have been to some of the best ones in the world, and this one surprised me. I didn't think we'd find such a gem in downtown... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

yes, this is a children's museum, but it was great fun for us (two adults). It was by far one of the best children's museums. It is huge and would take a couple of hours to go through.

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