Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, San Jose

4.4
Discover centuries of Costa Rican history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. Established in 1887, the museum sits within the Bellavista Fortress, the former army headquarters which saw Civil War battles, and where president Jose Figueres Ferrer abolished the military in 1949. Admire the historic structure and explore the museum inside, which boasts exhibits of the country's history ranging from pre-Columbian artifacts to displays about the colonial era and the independent nation. In addition to the historical and cultural exhibits, you can visit a butterfly garden inside the museum. Put Museo Nacional De Costa Rica into our San Jose online day trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in San Jose.
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  • Good to visit for Costa Rican history... which is mostly about coffee. They did have these interesting spheres that no one seems to know from where they came.  more »
  • We really enjoyed this museum. The exhibits are not new, but we liked the explanations that we often find lacking in newer museums. It was a good overview of the history of Costa Rica and I think.....  more »
  • The pottery and other indigenous art shown is very nice. The exhibitions are very well arranged. If you want a flashback of Costa Rican history, this is the best place to get a vision of the past.  more »
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  • This was the most affordable of the 3 main museums which also includes the Jade and Gold museums. It is well laid out in that if you go to the right you naturally progress from the early history to the latest history. The history of the jail is in a separate basement level and a children's ecology exhibit is in its own building as well. I enjoy learning and spent about 2 1/2 hours here reading most exhibits. About the right size with crowds to not feel crowded but not empty either.
  • Loved this museum! Great timeline of information and artifacts from pre-colonial to present day. Almost all information is in both Spanish and English. Highly recommend for tourists or anyone. And there is a student deal, even if you鈥檙e from out of the country! Nice views from the museum too.
  • It's a nice museum. It walks you through the history of Costa Rica from thousands of years BCE to modern time. It took about 90 minutes to walk through, and I read just about every plaque. Most of the plaques are in both English and Spanish. When you walk in, go to your right if you want to learn about the history in chronological order.
  • This place is SO interesting and varied. The displays and progression 'through the ages' of the development of Coata Rica are well thought out with English as well as Spanish explanations. And the building itself and grounds are an adventure too, going from Army Barracks to Museum 馃槉
  • It is amazing, if you really pay attention and read what is on the cards you'll discover the great history. Once you're in you'll see a beautiful garden and then an amazing view, the museum has a lot of history and the room that will be on your right when you get in will be for special collections.

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