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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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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica reviews
The national museum is located near the Jade Museum and is a really interesting nineteen century design. Well worth a photo.
The national museum is located near the Jade Museum and is a really interesting nineteen century design. Well worth a photo. more »
We really enjoyed this museum which was quite extensive. The butterfly house is nice, and we loved that the museum is housed in an old fortress. Interesting museum that even kept the kids entertained.
We really enjoyed this museum which was quite extensive. The butterfly house is nice, and we loved that the museum is housed in an old fortress. Interesting museum that even kept the kids entertained. more »
Fantastic place to check out!! The museum was absolutely wonderful to walk around. It was inexpensive and you could spend the whole day there. The staff was super friendly and the butterflies were the best part. The art was breathtaking and there were so many different things to look at. They had the history of Costa Rica, lots of art work, and even the original jail cells. Absolutely rich in history and a fun place to spend a few hours. AC was a plus!
Very central location. Great museum with a lot of history and images - archeological finds, artifacts from Costa Rica's development. Moves from ancient civilizations to present day, very nicely done. Man at front ticket booth was very kind and definitely easy on the eyes. Good intro to the museum!
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