Museo de Arte Costarricense, San Jose

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#5 of 40 in Museums in Costa Rica
Art Museum 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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  • Small, mostly contemporary painting, sculptures and mixed media. Outdoor sculpture garden is the most impressive part of this museum. Formerly this museum was the terminal for San Jose's first airport...  more »
  • The best modern art museum in Costa Rica. Nicely situated by the Sabana park. Very interesting paintings and sculptures, specially from Francisco Zúñiga.  more »
  • No entrance fee and worthwhile for a short visit. Unfortunately, the current exhibition was not so my FAL.
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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.
  • Beautiful place but can be visit in two hours.

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