Sitting atop the Plaza de la Democracia, the Museo Nacional provides a solid, all-around sampling of the archaeological, historical, and natural wonders of Costa Rica from pre-Columbian times to the present. That means pre-Columbian art and artifacts, including musical instruments, recreated tombs, pottery, and pieces in jade and gold. In the area devoted to the colonial period and onward, you’ll find recreated interiors, paintings, furniture, and dioramas, with lots of explanations in English. Housed in a large, former army barracks, the building features turrets and outside walls that still bear the bullet marks from fighting in the 1948 civil war. In addition to all the historical exhibits, this place also has a large butterfly garden with more than 25 species fluttering about. Plan on around 2 hours to get a good feel for this museum.
San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica› Attraction
Museo Nacional de Costa Rica (National Museum)
Calle 17, btw avs. Central and 2, on Plaza de la Democracia.
Our Rating Hours Tues–Sat 8:30am–4:30pm; Sun 9am–4:30pm Phone 2257-1433 Prices Admission $9 adults, $4 students; children 12 and under free Web site Museo Nacional de Costa Rica (National Museum) Other Closed Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25, Holy Thurs, Good Fri, Easter Sun
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