Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum, Alajuela

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History Museum
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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  • It is about the short history of Costa Rica, The good thing, is close to Alajuela downtown and you can do it is short period of time.  more »
  • Nice little museum about Costa Rican struggle for independence. Offers a different perspective on the United States' Manifest Destiny. Staff was friendly and courteous.  more »
  • Good overview of Costa Rica history from founding of the country. Has some English translations of exhibitions.  more »
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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.
  • The exhibition is Spanish only.
  • 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.
  • Pm
  • Since is opened again, the Museum Juan Santamaria has been excellent. There are many rooms with interesting information, a theatre, a post of books, a cafeteria, and many artifacts. The entrance is free. I hope that they start again the Theatre from noon.
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