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  • Address: Cuesta de Moras, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • 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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Private San Jose City Tour with Lunch, San Jose, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private San Jose City Tour with Lunch

Discover the most important aspects of San Jose with this private and customized tour. Constructed in the late 19th century, the National Theater stood as a ...  Read more

Location: San José, Costa Rica
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Discover Costa Rica's Capital City and Museums, San Jose, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Discover Costa Rica's Capital City and Museums

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

On this private tour discover the rich history and culture of Costa Rica on this comprehensive sightseeing tour of San Jose. You will learn about all the ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.25
San Jose City Tour by Night with Dinner and a Show, San Jose, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

San Jose City Tour by Night with Dinner and a Show

During this tour, you will visit San Jose's most important sites, including Paseo Colon and the National Museum. Afterwards, you will head to the mountains of ...  Read more

Location: San José, Costa Rica
Duration: Flexible

From USD $88.00
San Jose Walking Tour including Central Market and Lunch, San Jose, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

San Jose Walking Tour including Central Market and Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 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

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