National Museum (Museo Nacional), San Jose

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History Museum
Discover centuries of Costa Rican history at National Museum (Museo Nacional). 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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to National Museum (Museo Nacional) and many more San Jose attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's San Jose itinerary builder.
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  • This is a huge museum filled with Costa Rican history! When you first walk in it's a wonderful butterfly garden filled with beautiful butterflies of all sizes. The next part is a lot of reading and pi...  more »
  • Just walking into the museum, you get to see a wide array of butterflies. Everything after that was very well organized and the displays were relevant and easy to understand for non-scientists.  more »
  • This museum share a plaza with the jade museum so it is very close but other activities. The building use to be an old fort so it is situated on top of a small hill. The entrance of the museum is a bu...  more »
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  • Nice museum, to see local Costa Rica history. An old fort was good to walk through. Spent about 1.5 hrs or so... cool butterfly exhibit. Excellent to see some of the mysterious Mayan stone spheres.
  • Good price. Lots of cool things to see from a mariposario to an old fort, to the history of Costa Rica.
  • Great place to find out about the history of Costa Rica. Love the entry into the tropical garden with all the butterflies.
  • Nice little museum, it has a butterfly sanctuary which was unexpected. I did feel that it was a little smaller than what I am used to, some of the exhibits were closed.
  • A nice museum in an old military fort. A really nice butterfly garden. Good exhibits from pre-Columbian artifacts up to the 20th century. Three of the galleries were not open when we visited, but the admission was free.