Museo de Arte Costarricense, San Jose

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Art Museum
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. With our international travel planner, San Jose attractions like Museo de Arte Costarricense can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Two fantastic reasons to visit, the first is the temporary gallery space downstairs. Loved seeing the range of works produced in early 2017 for the competition - stunning photos. The second is imaging...  more »
  • The wife and I walked pass this museum and decided to go in. The second floor was under restoration so we were not able to see that portion. It had some interesting pieces of art, many historical. The...  more »
  • Amazing small museum in San Jose. It is easily accessible by bus or train. It is at the edge of the Parque La Sabana. Amazing outdoor 3D art. It is nice way to get to better understand the people and ...  more »
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  • Nice little museum, the former airport building. Beautifull surrounding, at the beginning of the Sabana park. A lot of interesting sculptures in the patio outside. In the second floor a copper relief with the (idealistic version) history of Costa Rica. Interesting temporary and permanent exhibitions. They present the art scenery of Latin America which is rather unknown in Europe and North America. Free entrance (2017).
  • Definitely worth a quick visit. See some art in a historic building...for free!
  • Smal but good exibition of modern costarican art and documental video Abitur the old airport of Sabana!
  • Great free museum with really interesting pieces, from paint to video to sculpture. All in Spanish, the Google translate app came in handy.
  • Simple, buena visita para extranjeros.