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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  • October 4, 2017
    This museum was once San José airport, currently, the Museum has the infrastructure of the airport. It has displays of paintings and temporary art also has one bedroom on the upper floor made of wood with embossed with images of the history of Costa Rica, this room in beautiful in all its four walls.
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  • September 29, 2017
    Is super tiny. I went through it in 20 minutes and saw all the works. There are some beautiful, but it is no big deal. I liked the garden and sculptures. It is free.
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  • September 10, 2017
    Stumbled across this art gallery on a walk through San Jose. It's free to get in and has lots of lovely art. Definitely worth a trip  more »
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  • March 28, 2017
    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).
  • June 8, 2017
    Definitely worth a quick visit. See some art in a historic building...for free!
  • May 2, 2017
    Smal but good exibition of modern costarican art and documental video Abitur the old airport of Sabana!
  • January 5, 2017
    Great free museum with really interesting pieces, from paint to video to sculpture. All in Spanish, the Google translate app came in handy.
  • March 19, 2017
    Beautiful place but can be visit in two hours.

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