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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  • In the noisy (even unsightly) city a small oasis of peace. The most fascinating thing for me was the views into the native cultures of Costa Rica (especially the stone balls) and the insights into the present. All in all good and worth seeing in this rather ugly city
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  • on one of my visits to the capital visit this museum with my friends and teacher, which is full of information for all tastes.
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  • Interesting museum but could have done with more detail on each different area and era. Still had lots to piece together post being at the exhibit. That said, a great crash course in Costa Rican history which I had very little knowledge of. Definitely worth a trip.
  • It was a cute museum. I had to say, I had the feeling it was too Americanized. It's nice, tho. And it has a great amount of history and knowledge. You could spend a couple of hour here.
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