National Museum (Museo Nacional), San Jose

Categories: History Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web
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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  • We really enjoyed our hour or so of walking around and gazing at all the artifacts. We would visit again with the kids, for sure! 
  • Going out there, it feels on a journey to the past... Costa Rica, its roots, its pre-Columbian, colonial and modern history... I love go to the National Museum, alone or with friends and family. It is must-see for coming to our country.
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  • This museum is the latest in the barracks that had the army tico and ended with its existence in 1948. The Museum begins with a tour of a butterfly that is very beautiful. The museum traces in a couple of hours Max. It has very interesting as the gold, although small rooms, very good selection of parts and obviously the pre-Columbian art that has very good explanations and excellent pieces on display. The spheres are something to see and enjoy in this museum.
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  • Awsome
  • Small compared to other countries but good history about Costa Rica
  • Worth the visit! $9 adult $4 for a student (bring your ID!)
  • Very nice walk. Plenty to see. I liked the butterfly garden best but there is much more as well.
  • Great location to learn about the history of Costa Rica.
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