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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  • It was worth it to book a time from my trip to this enriching experience to know the MAC, where the building it occupies, in itself, is a splendid work of art. Admission is free and the MAC offers guided tours that can be programmed with a week in advance, simply fill out a form available at the Museum. There is also possibility to do the tour with the same guide that accompanies the students just search the Museum for available times. The MAC is open to the public from 9 am to 13 pm from Tuesdays to Sundays. The entrance is completely free. How had bought a package tour, the tour guide was included and was a great way to take advantage of fine weather. Then I went back alone to watch for more details. Before the entrance, outside the Museum, are the colorful sculptures representing the Nations of Central America. The Museum has two floors with various spaces (exhibition halls) where are exposed more than 6000 pieces from his own collection, in addition to these more other private collections and State. The exhibits include works with plastic techniques as diverse as engravings, debuxos, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, etc., of various periods in the history of art in the country, the period since the 19th century to the present. Before entering a museum I try to learn a little of your story for the visit to be more fruitful. The MAC was created on 07 October 1977, but was only opened in May 1978 after completing the reform of the building where once worked the control tower of the first international airport of Costa Rica-El Coco. The airport in 1958 was transferred to the District of Alajuela, leveraging the project of construction of a recreational space for the public, today the Parque Metropolitano La Sabana, a point also much visited in San Jose. One cannot speak of the Museum without giving a special emphasis to the beautiful building where he works. An old building with architectural style to the neo-colonial style (style used in Latin America during the first decades of the 20th century), considered a valuable architectural heritage of the country. The building preserves the old airport control tower its floors with beautiful 04 and different views of the city of San José, the great walls of predominantly white color, shaped doors and Windows, arches and balconies carved in hardwood, old hardware, beautiful ornamentation and many fabrics of the season. The highlight is the ancient and luxurious Diplomatic room "of the old El Coco airport, also known as" Salón Dorado "which is located on the 2nd floor. With a priceless patrimonial value, primarily by the very rich and very famous Panel (Mural) all made of gypsum (unbelievable seems to be metal) carved in low relief and painted in the colour bronze, overlaid with lacquers to accentuate the contrast of light and dark and give depth to the Panel. With its 150mt2 covering the four walls of the Salon Dorado contains debuxos features animals and plants of the region, figures and landscapes arranged in a sequence that will narrate the history of the country since precolombina 1940 year when the work was completed. Each of these walls is one of the historical periods. On the wall to the West, the Precolombino Period; To the North the period of discovery and Conquest; To the East, the Colonial period, and to the South, the Independent Period. The Panel or mural was commissioned by famous French artist living in Costa Rica, Louis Féron Parizot. Currently in the Hall are also made presentations of music concerts that worth watching one of the presentations. On the MAC can be visited the Exhibition halls "of every floor, the" Salón Dorado "which is on the 2nd floor, the beautiful" El Jardín de Esculturas "an external garden that is on the ground floor where they are permanently exposed several sculptures of artists costarriquenses, whose project was donated by Costa Rican sculptor Jorge Jiménez that placed him the first exposed, the famous "Cosmic" Image, followed by other major works, such as the "Three women walking", Francisco Zúñiga, "Arboriforme" of José Sancho, "Cabeza "Thought of Crisanto Badilla and" El silbador "Hernán Gonzalez all are permanently exhibited in the garden, any time can be admired by visitors. I advise go with enough time to go discovering the treasures of the Museum. I estimate the time for the full tour, depends on your goal. I stayed there about 3 hours and I believe that's long enough to know all environments without losing any detail. The tour can also be scheduled by e-mail vsolano@musarco.go.cr or by phone at 2291-8670 Ext. 113.
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  • Very interesting to know the Costa Rica history is engraved in the walls of the museum entrance. The sculptures were also impressive and the garden was beautiful.  more »
  • We dragged our kids, but we all had a great time once there. The sculpture garden made a great spot for taking pictures (kids imitating the statues...). Beautiful and interesting way to spend an hour+...  more »
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  • This is a great place to visit. It is a beautiful building with lots of beautiful statues and displays. We really enjoyed spending time here. The best part of all is there is no entrance fee to enjoy a wonderful place.
  • Offering a series of expositions to enjoy different examples of national plastic arts. Impressive and large room upstairs with the history of the country engraved throughout the walls. All of the exhibits are carefully planned, laid out and properly illustrated. Provides a learning opportunity for visitors of all ages.
  • This was one stop on a city bus tour. The museum is worth visiting. The admission is free.
  • There was a great exhibition when I went. Nice place and the staff is very nice too.
  • Beautiful building. Interesting perspective on Erotic Art. A must visit
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