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Museo de Arte Costarricense

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Address: Parque Metropolitano de La Sabana, San Jose 10109, Costa Rica
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+506 2256 1281

This museum displays works by local artists.

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Museo de Arte Costarricense

A small but very lovely gallery. Well known Costa Rican artists are shown here. The building itself is beautiful. Formerly a military headquarters. Beautiful room upstairs with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 March 2016
Alison J
Burnaby, Canada
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Burnaby, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

A small but very lovely gallery. Well known Costa Rican artists are shown here. The building itself is beautiful. Formerly a military headquarters. Beautiful room upstairs with intricate carved wood panelling.

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London, UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

San Jose is not bursting with sights, and it has a couple of museums which have the edge on this one, but if you're staying in the west end of town and have a few hours to spare the art museum is worth a visit. The best things about it, as other reviewers have said, are the building itself (former... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

If you like small museums or galleries this is a perfect choice. Not a richly varied collection but tasteful and interesting. The building itself and the upstairs mural beautiful.

Thank Edward M
East & West
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

This is a terrific art museum with both fixed and changing exhibits. It is in the former airport and the upper floor has a huge mural of the history of Costa Rica. There is a lot of large outdoor sculpture. The museum is at one end of Parque La Sabana and makes for a pleasant destination if you like walking... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

Originally the terminal of the old airport. Now a museum with some very interesting art and sculptures. Dramatic room that used to be the vip lounge which has a sculptured mural on all four walls...very impressive. Not a big display but worth a little bit of time.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

This museum is awesome. the bas relief on the second floor is breathtaking. It depicts the history of Costa Rica from pre Columbian times to present. It is done in stucco painted with bronze paint A great take

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

This museum used to be the main airport. The wood panelling and staircase alone make this worth a look but the gold room upstairs is a fabulous frieze depicting the history of Costa Rica. If you are near the Sabana Park then do visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

Our hotel was about seven blocks from the Gallery and wouldn't waste cab fare if you are staying downtown.

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Monterrey, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016

there is not that much to see but it is a nice little place. There is this one room in which you can see represented the history of Costa Rica.

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Mountain View, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016

I like this museum, which is built on the grounds of an old airport. It was small, and took less than an hour to walk through. Lots of interesting, somewhat random pieces it seemed. There's a nice outdoor area for sculptures. My favorite was probably the upstairs, carved room that used to be an airport lounge.

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