Galeria Namu, San Jose
(4.8/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Do some shopping with an ethical spin at Galeria Namu, a fair-trade traditional arts and crafts shopping area showcasing the work of local artisans and craftspeople. Survey the wide array of art and other ornamental ephemera from a variety of indigenous cultures, including woven Wounaan baskets, Bribrí canoes, Huetar reed mats, Chorotega ceramics, Guaymí dolls, and Boruca masks, as well as a wide range of modern Afro-Caribbean artisanal crafts. If considering a visit to these cultures in person, inquire about reserving tour arrangements at the gallery. Add Galeria Namu to your San Jose travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our San Jose trip itinerary builder.
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  • This is a wonderful gallery with indigenous crafts from Costa Rica and other countries in Central America. As other reviewers have said, this is VERY different from mass-produced "tourist" craft shops...  more »
  • I not only bought woven baskets, carved tagua nuts, and paintings when I was there in 2010, but I've ordered more art from there since my stay in San Jose. This gallery has ART, not tacky souvenir cra...  more »
  • I collect the rainforest masks of the Baruca Indian group of Costa Rica. This gallery has a stellar collection of the masks. They also carry many other art forms of Costa Rica and Panama. Baskets, pai...  more »
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  • Found this unique shop in San Jose and discovered wonderful pieces of art and crafts unlike anything else we've seen in other shops. The owners were very knowledgeable and explained the different styles used by the tribes of Costa Rica. We came home with some beautiful pieces. For anyone planning a trip to Costa Rica this gallery is a must see.
  • Great place to shop for Costa Rican arts and crafts