Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum, Alajuela

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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. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Alajuela fast, fun, and easy.
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  • September 29, 2017
    This was a great place to learn about the melding ways of the 19th century filibusterists from the USA and how Costa Rica gave them the boot and established their modern state. They should be proud of...  more »
  • September 15, 2017
    good Museum, not is if there is no guide, however the access is easy, is much reading, although it also has audiovisual devices, very well in general
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  • August 16, 2017
    I was so pleased to find out this museum was free! It's located in an old military barracks and (I think, if I remember correctly) tells the story of Costa Rica's civil war and war with Nicaragua. Not...  more »
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  • July 3, 2017
    this Museum seems to get better each time that I go there it gives a good view of the Alajuela history. The staff is friendly and very informative. I wish that there was more in English but I realize that this is a big job for a small Museum. If you're ever in Alajuela and get caught in the rain it is a good place to pass the time. They also have good clean restrooms.
  • March 4, 2016
    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.
  • February 1, 2017
    The exhibition is Spanish only.
  • February 1, 2015
    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.
  • January 11, 2016
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