National Museum (Museo Nacional), San Jose

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History Museum 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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  • Incredible butterfly garden just entering a belleza.muy clean and with great peace that invites you to admire the different rooms on the history of Costa Rica and collections .in this case the insects this very complete and beautiful safe .estoy that children will enjoy an afternoon in San Jose
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  • Being a Costa Rican I feel embarrassed to admit I had not been to the museum in a while but I was there a couple days ago and I was pleasantly surprised. This is a must if you are a tourist who really...  more »
  • Lovely butterfly garden and nice to see the Blue Morpho up close. The insects exhibit was also good. We enjoyed the section on the recent history of CR and learned quite a bit about how the country ha...  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.

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