Souvenir Museum, Alajuela

4.6
#3 of 8 in Museums in Province of Alajuela
Souvenir Museum isn't just a great place to buy gifts and mementos--it's also a socially responsible enterprise providing local artists and artisans with a way to make a living. If you're looking for a shopping experience with a purpose--or wish to give back to the local community--pick up a few handicrafts sold here, including all kinds of decorative items that'll look great in your home (and serve as ideal conversation starters). If you wish to keep your luggage light, ask to have your purchases shipped to your home address. Use our Alajuela online tour itinerary planner to add Souvenir Museum and other attractions to your Alajuela vacation plans.
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  • Nice shop with souvenirs, we've not seen elsewhere. We did not participate in the tour, but the seller had a good time to explain to us coming this or that object, how it was made and the culture linked to this object. It was very interesting. We however bought because prices were too high compared to our budget. Despite the fact that we cannot buy the seller remained very nice and continued to share their stories with us.
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  • My host was genuinely enthusiastic, and sincere with excitement in sharing the stories about the artisan items, the people, the culture, the history, and the different provinces within Costa Rica that...  more »
  • Costa Rica is not known for its arts and crafts, but this store does function as a museum and provides wonderful examples/sale items from Costa Rican's indigenous cultures and contemporary artisans. Y...  more »
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  • I am so glad we stumbled upon Souvenir Museum. Robert was full of information about all the pieces and really helped us feel like we were going home with not only something beautiful, but also knowing a little about it. While the prices are a little higher, it is important to us that the few things we did buy are benefiting Costa Rica.
  • Price is relatively higher than most local souvenir shops, but it has good placement and set up. The staff claimed it is fair trade and therefore there is no flexibility on pricing.
  • Much smaller than shown on website
  • Costa Rican handicrafts. It is worth to see it.
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  • A very nice place, with products of excellent quality, a unique service: a tour in which explain you how the product, has been designed by who has been designed and how it will impact the community purchase that you do; recommended 100%
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