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National Museum (Museo Nacional)

Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda | Antiguo Cuartel Bella Vista, San Jose, Costa Rica
257-221-4429
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This 19th-century building contains a well-organized exhibits on Costa Rica's history and culture.
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  • Very good43%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda | Antiguo Cuartel Bella Vista, San Jose, Costa Rica
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"butterfly garden"
in 202 reviews
"history of costa rica"
in 61 reviews
"old fortress"
in 14 reviews
"bullet holes"
in 14 reviews
"pre columbian"
in 42 reviews
"army barracks"
in 9 reviews
"natural history"
in 16 reviews
"beautiful butterflies"
in 12 reviews
"bella vista"
in 8 reviews
"lots of history"
in 8 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 15 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
in 8 reviews
"few hours"
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"on display"
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"central america"
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"sphere"
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

The setting is fantastic, but the execution of the museum is very amateur and leaves very much to be desired. Entire, critical portions of CR history are missing including the crucial time when CR was the world's most successful Socialist society until it was undermined...More

Thank Dom I
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

This building was once a fort and the place in which Costa Ricans decided to get rid of their Army in 1948. It has a butterfly garden, and is architecturally interesting but many of the exhibits are being restaged so some of the rooms were...More

Thank YeovilSarah
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

I am surprised at the negative reviews in TripAdvisor about this Museum because I found it very interesting . It is quite different from the other museums in town so it's not really a choice between seeing the Jade Museum and the National Museum or...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Lovely butterfly room to look at before the history and artefacts. Take time to look at the archival black and white photos in the administrative quarters. No need to take a guide if you speak English or Spanish

Thank gtrot
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

Although many areas are under renovation, a visit to the "mariposary", the butterfly area, makes it all worthwhile. You can watch them feed, fly around, and see their birth! Pictures can be taken that will rival any nature magazine. Recommended.

Thank Richard M
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

Absolutely Beautiful. There is lots of history on Costa Rica. The staff is great. Staff is very knowledgeable.

Thank 64Janie
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

Free the day we were there - not sure if it normally is. Great history of Costa Rica and neat artifacts.

1  Thank Rebecca H
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

This museum had lots of exhibits similar to the Gold Museum but more! As soon as you walk in, it opens into a huge butterfly garden. Butterflies were all over the place and they were gorgeous! I had never seen most of them before and...More

1  Thank RoseKala15
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

I was lucky to come on the day when the new permanent exhibition about the history of Costa Rica was opened. There is still one smaller room being redone (opening planned for June 2017) and one digital wall to be finalized, but the new exhibition...More

Thank celge
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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

The National Museum is a historic and natural jewel all in the same place. The Museum hosts a wide variety of butterflies, Morphos specially, which will make the visitor marvel at the beauty of this species and wonder at the possibility of having such fantastic...More

1  Thank Evelyn A
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noritakiva
23 March 2018|
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Response from CdnManu | Reviewed this property |
I think it's about USD$9... if you pay with USD and need change back, they give the change back in local currency...You can also pay in local currency but the entrance fee is higher for foreigners than locals...
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noritakiva
23 March 2018|
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Response from Karthick R | Reviewed this property |
9 USD for a foreigner.
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Brooke E
9 January 2017|
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Response from bdstephen | Reviewed this property |
It has been free while they are remodelling. At normal times are free 1 day/week
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