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“Very political”

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design
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San José City Tour
Ranked #34 of 121 things to do in San Jose
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Owner description: Contemporary Art and Design Museum at the National Cultural Centre -CENAC- the old Liquor Factory.
Atlanta
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Very political”
Reviewed 4 April 2013

The pieces and creations here were mildly interesting, but almost everything seemed to have political themes. We could have skipped this one.

Visited February 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“See my review under the Spanish name of this museum”
Reviewed 28 January 2013

Please see my review under the Spanish name for this museum. I loved it, especially as a contemporary installation artist. Thought provoking work done well and curated well.

Visited January 2013
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Portland, Oregon
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wake up visitors! Tourism isn't always good.”
Reviewed 22 January 2013

This museum provides a venue for an alternative expression of the meaning of life in Costa Rica. The installations are grand, well-designed, modern and thought-provoking. I recommend it highly to any foreigner who wants to know more about the real country of Costa Rica.

Visited December 2012
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Rome, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
348 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
“tiny gem”
Reviewed 13 September 2012

This museum is very small, but where else would you see any works by contemporary Costa Rican artists gathered together - or at all? Anyone interested in modern art will find this at least intriguing, there were several pieces I'd have loved to own myself, including a golden shoe sculpture and a jungle tapestry! Exhibits change all the time. The building itself is worth a visit (the production equipment of the former rum factory were integrated into the redesign) and there are occasionally theatrical events, concerts and poetry readings.

Visited October 2011
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“the old rum factory.”
Reviewed 3 September 2012

The old rum factory, now transformed into a Ministry of Culture, art galleries, an open auditorium for events, and a museum of Modern Art, with installations and contemporary art. The garden are full of tropical plants, and the old structures of the rum factory shows the pipes, pumps and tanks. A masterpiece of restoration.

Visited August 2012
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