Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:30 AM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 AM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 AM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 AM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 AM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 AM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 AM
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This 19th-century building contains a well-organized exhibits on Costa Rica's history and culture.
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  • gingcong s
    Antwerp, Belgium217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    nice museum
    Very nice Museum and like very much. The collection is beautiful and education. The butterfly garden is new and creative. The design of show room is modern and nice. It is in the centrum and easy to reach.The price of entrance is 11 $ for foreigners.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 20 July 2023
  • RogerDR26
    Tallahassee, Florida79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    OK: to clarify: this museum experience is FIVE stars FOR COSTA RICA. It’s NOT the Louvre, NOT the Smithsonian. BUT for
    Costa Rica, it is an excellent experience, ASSUMING you have some interest in the history and evolution of its peoples (beginning with the native peoples who settled this land thousands of years before Columbus/Colón first sighted it around 1500) and the evolving culture and economy of this small country. There is far more material here than can be absorbed in a 3-4 hour visit. If I were to go again, I’d ask if they would permit a lunch break, and return later the same day.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 October 2023
  • The_Wanderer1992
    Columbia, Maryland2,515 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational
    While in Costa Rice, my husband and I stopped at this museum. This museum goes through the history of Costa Rica up until the present. This museum also has a small butterfly garden.We were not very knowledgeable about Costa Rica's history prior to visiting this museum, but left here, feeling like we learned a lot. My husband liked the fact that the descriptions were bright and easy to read. This museum is also neat as it was used as barracks during the Costa Rica Civil War in 1948. If you're ever in San Jose, I'd highly recommend visiting here.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 November 2023
  • vcinmd
    Columbia, Maryland60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Costa Rica history, butterflies and more!
    My husband and I had one day in San Jose before our tour started and we are so glad we picked this museum from all the others in the area. We knew very little of Costa Rica history and learned so much. The exhibits were so interesting and there were many helpful details and videos to explain the exhibits. The outdoor courtyard was very pleasant. The butterfly garden was so beautiful and peaceful.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 December 2023
  • MarkO
    Naperville, Illinois37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent way to learn about Costa Rica
    We really enjoyed the museum and felt like we were able to see everything in about 2 hours (and we tend to read most of the descriptions). We particularly enjoyed the history of Costa Rica portion, which was exhaustive and educational. The temporary exhibit of documentary photographs of a unique celebration was also eye opening.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 December 2023
  • Alicia
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Learning about the history of Costa Rica and walking amongst butterflies
    I definitely recommend visiting this place. Aside from learning about the history of Costa Rica, you also get to walk through a garden of butterflies. At the time of my visit, there was also an "art" exhibition room of canvases and stones. Entry for an adult was CRC 5,750 or $11 where you'll spend roughly 2 hours (I made sure to check out every room and read all descriptions).
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 February 2024
  • Nonny
    York, United Kingdom93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best attractions in San Jose.
    We spent a very enjoyable 3 hours wandering around the museum & butterfly garden learning about the history & development of Costa Rica. The building itself is historically interesting & there is plenty of seating in the shady courtyard area. Well worth the visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 March 2024
  • Lee L
    Valhalla, New York2,143 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice National Museum
    Had a free day in San Jose before my tour started so I went downtown to walk around and see a couple of museums. Started here which is a very nice museum, it was a fort for the Army before Costa Rica eliminated their military. It is a little expensive, around $20 if you are not a Costa Rican, but you can easily spend a few hours here. They have a butterfly garden when you walk in. The tower tells the story of the birth of the Republic. They have a series of rooms that depicts pre Spanish occupation up to independence and then a section which details what has happened since.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 May 2024
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Jean-Pierre G
Nice, France4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Very nice and didactic museum . One learns a lot on precolombian time and hispanic colonization, and post-independence times. It is highly recommended.
Written 5 June 2024
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Lee L
Valhalla, NY2,143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Had a free day in San Jose before my tour started so I went downtown to walk around and see a couple of museums. Started here which is a very nice museum, it was a fort for the Army before Costa Rica eliminated their military.

It is a little expensive, around $20 if you are not a Costa Rican, but you can easily spend a few hours here. They have a butterfly garden when you walk in. The tower tells the story of the birth of the Republic. They have a series of rooms that depicts pre Spanish occupation up to independence and then a section which details what has happened since.
Written 2 May 2024
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Nonny
York, UK93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We spent a very enjoyable 3 hours wandering around the museum & butterfly garden learning about the history & development of Costa Rica. The building itself is historically interesting & there is plenty of seating in the shady courtyard area. Well worth the visit.
Written 21 March 2024
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Alicia
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I definitely recommend visiting this place. Aside from learning about the history of Costa Rica, you also get to walk through a garden of butterflies. At the time of my visit, there was also an "art" exhibition room of canvases and stones.

Entry for an adult was CRC 5,750 or $11 where you'll spend roughly 2 hours (I made sure to check out every room and read all descriptions).
Written 11 February 2024
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MarkO
Naperville, IL37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We really enjoyed the museum and felt like we were able to see everything in about 2 hours (and we tend to read most of the descriptions). We particularly enjoyed the history of Costa Rica portion, which was exhaustive and educational. The temporary exhibit of documentary photographs of a unique celebration was also eye opening.
Written 21 December 2023
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Maddy L
Chandler, AZ190 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
the museum itself was beautiful and the pre-colonization artifacts were my favorite part ! it was definitely a HISTORY museum and not a NATURAL history museum, but that was to be expected. i recommend for sure !!
Written 6 December 2023
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vcinmd
Columbia, MD60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
My husband and I had one day in San Jose before our tour started and we are so glad we picked this museum from all the others in the area. We knew very little of Costa Rica history and learned so much. The exhibits were so interesting and there were many helpful details and videos to explain the exhibits. The outdoor courtyard was very pleasant. The butterfly garden was so beautiful and peaceful.
Written 3 December 2023
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD2,515 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
While in Costa Rice, my husband and I stopped at this museum. This museum goes through the history of Costa Rica up until the present. This museum also has a small butterfly garden.We were not very knowledgeable about Costa Rica's history prior to visiting this museum, but left here, feeling like we learned a lot. My husband liked the fact that the descriptions were bright and easy to read. This museum is also neat as it was used as barracks during the Costa Rica Civil War in 1948. If you're ever in San Jose, I'd highly recommend visiting here.
Written 24 November 2023
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RogerDR26
Tallahassee, FL79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Costa Rica, it is an excellent experience, ASSUMING you have some interest in the history and evolution of its peoples (beginning with the native peoples who settled this land thousands of years before Columbus/Colón first sighted it around 1500) and the evolving culture and economy of this small country. There is far more material here than can be absorbed in a 3-4 hour visit. If I were to go again, I’d ask if they would permit a lunch break, and return later the same day.
Written 15 October 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.

Traveller162014
Leeds, UK1,530 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I wouldn't say there is an awful lot to do in San Jose, so this museum helped pass the time for a couple of hours during my final day in Costa Rica. I went solo, so it was quite pleasant wandering around the butterfly house, and learning about the country's colonial history and recent economic growth.
Written 28 August 2023
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