Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum, Alajuela

(4/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
Celebrating the life of a young soldier who gave his life for his country, Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum invites you to learn about the history of the brave hero as well as the country itself. The musem is housed inside a garrison (an army base), which ceased to exist in 1949, after the president disbanded the army. It hosts both permanent and temporary artworks from local artists including paintings, sculptures, and etchings. Also find depictions of fierce battles, old weaponry, and army uniforms. Take children to the kids play area where puzzles and memory-based games help youth learn about the local history. Put Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Alajuela itinerary planner.
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  • Can’t beat free admission and free use of lockers to stash small bags or backpacks! This museum showcases the history of the area through photos, artifacts, displays and written descriptions, some of ...  more »
  • When I travel I want to learn about the history and the culture, and for sure this place is perfect for both purposes. 
  • Hermoso lugar, para visitar, mucha historia, tranquilo y agradable, apto para visitarlo en familia, recomendado. 
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  • It is a small museum, but has a lot of history of Alajuela. The museum will not take you too long to cover and is free.
  • It was alright. I like this kind of stuff, but it was hard to understand the museum since I am a novice Spanish speaker. Wish I had a tour guide, but it's free.
  • Great place to find history of Costa Rica and its culture, the way that people lived in 1850-60. The Museum is rich in information and parts of that time, incredible history around Central magnificent of Juan Santamaria national hero, and the campaign between Costa Rica and William Walker. The Museum also has samples of arts by local artists in constant exposure which vary from time to time, also has many theatrical, musical presentation among others. The entrance to the Museum is free for nationals and foreigners and is open every day. Arriving from San Jose is easy, just take a bus from the Tuasa company that comes out on the side of the La Merced Park in downtown San Jose and leaves it at a terminal near the center of Alajuela. The city of Alejuela is very safe and clean. You have many options for eating well and not so expensive. I liked a place called Jalapeños (Mexican food) good price, good service in addition to this there are many soft drinks where you can eat dishes several or are options higher in price and quality at almost every corner.
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  • Perfectly restored. Resent renews their paintings of mural old. A place to visit.
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  • Broad have interesting journey through the history of Costa Rica. Impeclablemente care, personal amable. The entrance is free
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