Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum, Alajuela

(4/5 based on 130+ 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.
Create a full Alajuela itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Alajuela

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Alajuela by other users

25 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Province of Alajuela BY A USER FROM ICELAND May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA June, outdoors, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Alajuela BY A USER FROM TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO March, outdoors, relaxing, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Alajuela BY A USER FROM TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Alajuela BY A USER FROM TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO March, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Alajuela BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in San Jose, Alajuela & Heredia BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Alajuela BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA March, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Good overview of Costa Rica history from founding of the country. Has some English translations of exhibitions.  more »
  • Had some time to kill so we stopped by for a visit. It's free, so why not? The guards were friendly and pointed us in the right direction. The museum tells the story of William Walker, a US national t...  more »
  • Great Museum and well organized. It traces the history of the country. Characters, costumes, etc. in addition, admission is free. Very friendly staff.
    View original
Google
  • 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.
    View original
  • Perfectly restored. Resent renews their paintings of mural old. A place to visit.
    View original
  • Broad have interesting journey through the history of Costa Rica. Impeclablemente care, personal amable. The entrance is free
    View original