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Galeria Namu

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Address: 7th Avenue | between 5th and 7th streets, San Jose, Costa Rica
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+506 2256 3412
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Galeria Namu is a fair trade art gallery for local and indigenous artists...

Galeria Namu is a fair trade art gallery for local and indigenous artists from Costa Rica and surrounding Central America countries. Established in 1998 at this same location, visitors to Costa Rica's capital city of San Jose can find us easily behind the Holiday Inn (across from Parque Morazan).Knowledge and passion for the artists and their work is what makes a visit to Galeria Namu special; the owner, Aisling, and her son Conall, along with their support staff love to share with visitors the background of the tribe or individual artisans and the remarkable collection of unique and very special pieces available for purchase. For the past 15 years, Galeria Namu has nurtured a relationship with the artists who create folk art, gold and jade replicas, handwoven baskets, originals paintings, tagua carvings and jewelry and much more. Visit the website for hours and a sampling of what you will encounter. Be prepared to catch their enthusiasm for fair trade with these local arts and crafts.

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Beautiful items and great mission

Costa Rican art is typically carved wood and leather chairs which get boring pretty fast, so this location is a great find. They support the 6 indigenous tribes in the area so... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2017
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Sugar Land, Texas
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

This shop sells beautifully crafted indigenous artworks and crafts such as paintings, sculptured items, masks, pottery, etc. Ask for an explanation and you will get a lesson in early Costa Rican history. It may be priced a little high, but it's a wonderful shop to visit for some momentous original to the land.

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Thank mlusky
celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words, it makes us happy to have the high quality of art we offer get recognition. Just a mention that Fair Trade is our pricing methodology - we feel that the artist should get the best monetary compensation possible,. More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Costa Rican art is typically carved wood and leather chairs which get boring pretty fast, so this location is a great find. They support the 6 indigenous tribes in the area so anything you buy supports the preservation of these people. Nothing they sell is too expensive for those who can afford to vacation in Costa Rica so this is... More 

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the acknowledgement of our mission of honouring the artists whose art we offer and the contextual information to accompany it. More 

Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

I had purchased the typical souvenirs one can acquire anywhere (tank tops, magnets, etc.), but I needed gifts for some special people back home that surpassed the mundane. Welcome to Galeria Namu! This is an environmentally- & culturally-conscious establishment. Its contents have all been crafted by local artists, & I found the two perfect paintings for extremely fair prices. Granted,... More 

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this review

Thank you so very much. We gratly appreciate your comments AND the fact that you highlight some of the things that we do that we're proud of: good customer service, shipping purchases, culturally sensitive, etc. Please come again to visit! More 

Horsham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

Brilliant little shop - a real highlight of San Jose. Top class art from Central America, particularly Costa Rica. Fair Trade so artists are paid properly, and great variety...and we were given detailed background information by the owner too. Wins all round!

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this review

How lovely to get such glowing accolades!! Thank you for taking the time to write about us, we so appreciate getting the word out about our Fair Trade gallery! More 

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Reviewed 15 February 2017

This place was magnificent. It's a fair trade art gallery for Costa Rican tribal art run by a friendly and knowledgeable lady. I went there to shop for Boruca masks (Brunka is actually the proper name). I planned on buying 2-3 pieces, ended up walking out with half of the store. It's a must-see place if you are in San... More 

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this review

Your comments are most kind and we truly appreciate your comments. It underscores exactly what it is that we're trying to do: give visitors to the country a sense of some of the extraordinary culture that they might not otherwise know about!! More 

London, UK
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 January 2017

We were intrigued by the history and significace of Baruka Masks and wanted to buy something that was used in a ceremony rather than one that would be just a novelity purchase. We found Namu while searching on internet and decided to pay a visit on our way to the airport from Manuel Antonio. We weren't dissapointed as the shop... More 

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments regarding not only the authenticity of our art, but also that no matter how fragile, we are able to offer careful packing for your piece! More 

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Reviewed 2 January 2017

Namu sells a great variety of Costa Rican handicrafts, a far more diverse selection of arts than the Mercado Artesania and much higher quality. Namu is the only shop I visited in San Jose which sells reproductions of pre-Colombian gold and silver broaches/amulets in the form of earrings, pins and broaches - so very cool! Textiles, wood, ceramics, paintings and... More 

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this review

We thank you for you kind response to your gallery visit and for expressing the diversity and quality we offer!! More 

USA
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Reviewed 18 November 2016

For a city that seemingly has a shallow cultural depth to it, a visit to Namu should not be missed. It wreaks authenticity with it excellent collection of indigenous Costa Rican crafts, along with an informed knowledge of the artisans by the owner who is readily transparent in explaining the pricing with 50% of the cost going to the makers.

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this review

We really appreciate the time taken to inform travelers to Costa Rica that there is indeed a place to get meaningful cultural art in the country. It was the lack of that that motivated us to initiate Namu nearly 19 years ago and we are always so pleased when people like you notice!! More 

Grecia, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

This is a wonderful gallery with indigenous crafts from Costa Rica and other countries in Central America. As other reviewers have said, this is VERY different from mass-produced "tourist" craft shops ... and the prices and QUALITY reflect this. Buying from Namu means you are supporting the culture and lifestyles of indigenous people -- and getting stunning works too.

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this review

Lovely comments, clearly you 'got' what we're aiming for. Many, many thanks for taking the time to review us and we hope you visit us again. More 

Springfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

I not only bought woven baskets, carved tagua nuts, and paintings when I was there in 2010, but I've ordered more art from there since my stay in San Jose. This gallery has ART, not tacky souvenir crafts as Sarchi does, all mass produced. I'm horrified to see reviews saying the galleries prices are high: they're NOT high for art.... More 

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celticachica, Owner at Galeria Namu, responded to this review

What a heart-warming review. Our deepest thanks to you for taking the time to express your appreciation for what we're doing so eloquently! More 

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