Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
4.5
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Since 1897, this elegant theater has been a source of pride.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Kim G
    Pacific Grove, California3,188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Architectural Details
    Built with funds derived from a tax on coffee & completed in 1897, this historical & lovely piece of architecture stands as the Icon of San Jose. We visited during the presidential inauguration festivities to discover stunning florals adorning the already gorgeous interior lobby. Statuary, paintings, gold leaf adorned walls & pediments, the details are intricate & beautiful. Definitely worth a visit!
    Visited May 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 April 2023
  • Isaac L
    Indiana76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not just for theater kids
    I was a little skeptical that this was a must-see, but the guides add so much to the experience. It’s the story of the building and how that’s intertwined with the whole country’s history that really connects the dots. It left me thinking back to Marquez’ _Hundred Years of Solitude_ with the weird neocolonial projects, the United Fruit Company, and other things I could mention but they’d be spoilers! Oddly, the café isn’t included on the tour but it is well worth a visit, either before or after.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 May 2023
  • mgrp
    Tucson, Arizona50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    This place is gorgeous make sure to walk around and look at all the details. Make sure to check out the wonderful Cafe for lunch or at least a cafe. Make sure to look up and at the bar
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Andrew C
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed!
    This is a gem. A beautiful Victorian era theatre being lovingly restored in the centre of San Jose. You are shown around by two guides who are actors and who dress up in character to play different characters including the president of Costa Rica at the time the theatre was built. All huge fun and very informative. Not to be missed!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Thomas G
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,688 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great theater
    This tour through the theater was very nice. It is the most beautiful building in San Jose. The tour took about 45 minutes and you see some fantastic architecture and beautiful rooms. The tour also has a small surprise which is funny. This is absolutely worth a visit in San Jose.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Glenn V
    Lafayette, Louisiana110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful tour of a beautiful piece of Costa Rican History
    This is a must see if you are in San Jose. The tours are done in English or Spanish. It is the most unusual tour that we have ever been on. The guides are actors and done in Period costume. Not only that, There are acting it out as players in the actual beginning of the theater in 1897. The story of how it came to be was that the owners of the coffee plantations became wealthy and sent their children to school in Europe. When they returned, they decided to introduce some of the European culture to Costa Rica. With this in mind, the theater is designed after the grand European Opera Houses.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 12 July 2023
  • rosemaryjose
    Sydney, Australia29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant tour and delicious food
    The lunch at the adjoint cafe was delicious. I went into the theatre as part of a guided tour (available in English and Spanish) and it was brilliantly done. The staff dressed up as characters to recount the history of the place and kept us entertained the whole time.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 December 2023
  • Alicia
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely do the guided tour if you have 40 minutes - 1 hour to spend
    If you have time, I definitely recommend doing the 40 minutes guided tour. The two actors get really into character, especially the actress who plays multiple roles. Plus they are knowledgeable and answered a lot of questions about the theatre. They talk about the theatre room, upstairs, the paintings, sculptures and historical people connected to the theatre. I also recommend booking the tour in advance, but you pay on the day of your visit. I booked the 11am tour in advance. When paying and collecting my ticket, there was a couple behind me who also wanted to do the 11am tour but it was fully booked and the next available slot was the 1pm tour. You can email uboleteria@teatronacional.go.cr to book. The price was CRC 3,500 per person.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 February 2024
  • Marianne
    New York3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating quick tour of Costa Rican history
    You must see this museum when in Costa Rica. It is located in an old fortress, where you can see old prisoner cells, the lookout towers, and other parts of the fort. You enter through a lovely butterfly garden and the history of the country unfolds as you walk through the exhibitions that have transformed the fort. There are exhibits from and about indigenous peoples and all stages of the country's history. Very well presented, with fabulous artifacts and through and engaging presentations. I learned so much about the country, its art, its politics, its ecomony, and the current plans of its people. Do not miss this.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 February 2024
  • Albert B
    Cincinnati, Ohio395 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming
    I didn't expect to enjoy my visit so much. Excellent guided tour with "charming" visits for characters from Costa Rica's past. Amazing floor that is raised every four years for new president's gala. Treasure of art work. Cafe is a little pricy but very comfortable setting. Safe walking area. 10 minutes from Holiday Inn.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 February 2024
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Mudeford 123
124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
There are only two tours per day in English and both are in the afternoon which is a shame. We went on the Spanish tour as this was the only way we would get to see inside the building. It is very beautiful and worth the visit. The guides were very enthusiastic. Shame we could not understand.
Written 23 March 2024
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Nonny
York, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
An absolutely beautiful little gem of a theatre. Worth the guided tour despite it being limited- you don't go on the stage or behind it. The guides are knowledgeable & fun. The coffee shop attached is good if pricey.
Written 21 March 2024
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Ros T
Kendal, UK56 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Our tour in English lasted a bare 30 minutes. The guide kept giving the impression that he didn't know what to say, and there was one actor playing a part, also giving the impression that she didn't know what to say, and was relieved when it was time to leave. We learned more about the museum from our city walk guide.
Written 4 March 2024
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amdgriggs
Sheffield, UK1,597 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The glowing reviews are absolutely right: this place is a gem and the hour-long tour is both informative and fun. Hard to believe the amount of gold leaf! - and it’s great to be able to see much of the restoration taking place. The video about the auditorium floor, which can all be raised and lowered, is just one remarkable element. Listen out for the explanation for the separate entrance for those with tickets for the third circle top…! Highly recommended (& don’t miss the chance to have an excellent coffee & some equally excellent food in the wonderful theatre cafe next door - a timeless gem).
Written 27 February 2024
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Albert B
Cincinnati, OH395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
I didn't expect to enjoy my visit so much. Excellent guided tour with "charming" visits for characters from Costa Rica's past. Amazing floor that is raised every four years for new president's gala. Treasure of art work. Cafe is a little pricy but very comfortable setting. Safe walking area. 10 minutes from Holiday Inn.
Written 25 February 2024
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Marianne
New York3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
You must see this museum when in Costa Rica. It is located in an old fortress, where you can see old prisoner cells, the lookout towers, and other parts of the fort. You enter through a lovely butterfly garden and the history of the country unfolds as you walk through the exhibitions that have transformed the fort. There are exhibits from and about indigenous peoples and all stages of the country's history. Very well presented, with fabulous artifacts and through and engaging presentations. I learned so much about the country, its art, its politics, its ecomony, and the current plans of its people. Do not miss this.
Written 23 February 2024
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Alicia
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
If you have time, I definitely recommend doing the 40 minutes guided tour. The two actors get really into character, especially the actress who plays multiple roles. Plus they are knowledgeable and answered a lot of questions about the theatre. They talk about the theatre room, upstairs, the paintings, sculptures and historical people connected to the theatre.

I also recommend booking the tour in advance, but you pay on the day of your visit. I booked the 11am tour in advance. When paying and collecting my ticket, there was a couple behind me who also wanted to do the 11am tour but it was fully booked and the next available slot was the 1pm tour. You can email uboleteria@teatronacional.go.cr to book. The price was CRC 3,500 per person.
Written 11 February 2024
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Deb A
Geneseo NY210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The tour, conducted by actors in costume, is great fun, and very informative as well. Well worth the visit!
Written 17 January 2024
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awilda m
New York City, NY18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This place is beautiful. The tour team are amazing and make it very interesting. Love it. Tip is to buy ticket in advance as the tour is a limited amount of people.
Written 14 January 2024
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rosemaryjose
Sydney, Australia29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The lunch at the adjoint cafe was delicious. I went into the theatre as part of a guided tour (available in English and Spanish) and it was brilliantly done. The staff dressed up as characters to recount the history of the place and kept us entertained the whole time.
Written 28 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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