Museo de Arte Costarricense, San Jose

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Soak up some Costa Rican culture at Museo de Arte Costarricense, an intimate space housing the nation's largest collection of art. The intriguing architecture of the museum reflects its previous life as the country’s international airport terminal, converted in 1955 to open its doors to both foreign and homegrown fine art. A collection of over 6,400 works of Costa Rican paintings, sculptures, photography and printmaking dating back to the mid-19th century are scattered across the walls and grounds of the charming gallery. Visit the display rooms of artist Juan Manuel Sanchez to appreciate a diverse array of work from the national treasure. You can also admire an ever-growing collection of works from leading international artists. Discover how to plan a San Jose trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • When you go, don't forget to see the Golden Hall. The building was the airport of the capital until the 1960s. It has the most complete collection of Costa Rican art.
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  • This was our last stop on our last day of a 2 1/2 week trip sightseeing in Costa Rica. We really enjoyed the artwork—both indoors and outdoors. Upstairs there is a lovely room that is composed entirel...  more »
  • We took a local bus to get to this museum but ended up not spending a lot of time in it. The building itself is beautiful but personally, I wasn't that crazy about the art that was displayed inside. T...  more »
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  • I would recomend stopping by the museum if you have the time. It is free to enter though you are not allowed to carry a backpack in the meuseum, however, they do have a free storage area for your bag if you have a one. The museum is not huge but does have various exhibits and the second floor is also intresting. The museum was orginally an airport which also gives it a unique style for a art museum. Overall if you you are in the area and have a few minutes it is a great place to visit.
  • Some of the museum was closed off. There were a lot of drawings of the national theatre which were interesting but would have liked to have seen a wider range of art. The building itself is very interesting though.
  • A wonderful slice of Costa Rican history through art! The "Gold Room" is especially wondrous; in its depiction of the important eras of the history of Costa Rica one is treated to a feast for the eyes!
  • Go with a guide who can give you a full history of the Gold Room. Staff is lazy and made us leave 15 minutes before closing time. Otherwise, the works are fascinating.
  • This is a historical place tha used to be the Costa Rica International airport.Nowdays is a Museum showing different art exhibitions. You won't regret visiting this place.
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