Museo Nacional de Costa Rica

Come and visit one of the country’s most interesting and impressive museums, the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica

Museo Nacional de Costa Rica
Museo Nacional de Costa Rica
© Roberto Fernández-Morales

The Museo Nacional de Costa Rica (Costa Rican National Museum) is one of the most diverse and complete ones of San José. It has become one of the most important cultural institutions of Costa Rica thanks to the research studies and the protection, conservation and promotion of the Costa Rican heritage that are carried out.

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Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, San José
Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, San José
© Roberto Fernández-Morales

The museum has different research areas. It is important to stand out its natural history collection, which has more than twenty thousand specimens, its anthropology and archaeological collections with more than thirty thousand objects, and the Costa Rican historical exhibition that has a 33544-piece furniture collection.

The Costa Rican National Museum has many exhibitions, like the visual arts ones, the temporary collections, and the permanent exhibitions. The museum houses permanent exhibitions in different rooms such as the Indigenous Gold, the Colonial House, the Pre-Columbian, the South Osa Palmar, and the Puntarenas showrooms.

Since 1950, the museum stands between the Second Avenue and the Central Avenue at Democracia Plaza in the former Bellavista barrack, which is an attraction in itself with warm tones.

Besides, The Costa Rican National Museum has a number of services: workshops, talks, researches and the library, which is opened to the public.

One of the main services of the museum is the virtual tour, which you can enjoy on its website and meet the surroundings as if you were actually there.

The Costa Rican National Museum has undoubtedly become a must when travelling to San José.

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Between the Central Avenue and the Second Avenue, on the Mora slope, in the east side of the Democracia Plaza, San José.

Admission Prices:    

Foreign Visitors

Single Admission $9;

Free admission for children under 12

Admission for students with valid student ID $4

Student Admission for students, young people or teachers with ISIC card $4

Domestic Visitors

Adult Admission 2000 colones

Free admission for children under 12, students and teachers with the educational centre card

Free admission for adults over 65

Free admission for everyone on Sundays

Opening hours:

Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 to 16:30 and Sundays from 9:00 to 16:30.           

Telephone number:

+(506)2257 1433; +(506)2257 1434




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