National Museum (Museo Nacional), San Jose

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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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  • Friendly and nice to have place conmla family I love bringing my children and show them the history of our country
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  • Whenever I visit the National Museum I relive my childhood knowledge and also soft drink them. In each one of the rooms there is much to learn. Highly recommended for national and foreign people
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  • The best of Tiquicia, excellence and quality. Recommended for every Tico and be proud of our history
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  • The video game convention, Connecturday, was great. There were live bands, decent convention food, and a lot of cool demonstrations. The building is large and I enjoyed the architecture of the building. I imagine that on normal days it must be a great place to visit.
  • Muy buenas exhibiciones
  • An amazing oportunity to learn about the history of Costa Rica!
  • Interesting exhibitions yet a bit outdated.
  • A little bit outdated but fine