Make your way to the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica (National Theater of Costa Rica) any time during opening hours and present your pre-booked admission ticket for entry. Located in the heart of San Jose and featuring an impressive neoclassical facade, the theater is the architectural gem of the Costa Rican capital. Since its inaugural performance of Fausto de Gounod in 1897, Teatro Nacional has been the epicenter of the city’s fine arts scene including opera, symphony, and other performing arts.
Your ticket includes a 35-minute guided tour, offered every hour in English or Spanish. Learn about the theater’s long and celebrated history, plus unique components of its eclectic design. Admire elements inspired by classical Greece and Rome in the foyer, plus swaths of marble and the ornate neoclassical Pompeian style of the first and second lobbies. For the final act, step inside the sumptuous auditorium adorned with a large chandelier and romantic paintings depicting scenes from 19th-century life.
At the end of the tour, visit the on-site café to purchase a snack or beverage if you like before heading back out into a bustling San Jose day.