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  • Address: Cuesta de Moras
  • Hours: Tue - Sat 8:30am-4pm; Sundays 9am-4:30pm
  • Admission: Adult: $8; Student: $4

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National Museum

The National Museum, housed in the barracks of the Bellavista Fortress, has been proudly displaying indigenous and pre-Columbian artifacts, religious artwork and geological and archeological pieces linked to Costa Rica’s rich and colorful history since 1950.
Separate rooms explore ancient cultures dating back some 12,000 years, as well as collections of ornate jewelry, medallions and statues made of gold. And while the Museum’s impressive collection of grinding stones and other artifacts from ancient Costa Rica grant tourists a chance to travel back in time, visitors should be sure to explore the grounds, too. Nationals fought at the barracks during the Civil War in 1948, and damage from bullet holes and warfare can still be seen in the Spanish-style courtyard.

Practical Info

The National Museum is located in the Bellavista Fortress at Calle 17, between Cenral and Second Avenues. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and on Sundays from 9am until 4:30pm. Foreign visitors pay $8 to enter or $4 with a valid student ID.

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San Jose Walking Tour including Central Market and Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Delve beneath the surface of San Jose on an in-depth walking tour of the city. Experience local life in Costa Rica, visit a popular park and meet an artisan ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.99

San Jose City Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

Take this comprehensive sightseeing tour of San Jose and discover the rich history and culture of Costa Rica. Learn about the popular monuments and visit the ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.99

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