Museums in Costa Rica

Visit the most important museums of Costa Rica and get to know all the history of this country

Museums in Costa Rica
Museums in Costa Rica
© Roberto Fernández-Morales

Costa Rica is not just appealing for its heavenly beaches and beautiful natural parks; there is an amazing history and a vast culture behind, and the best way to get to know them is visiting its museums.

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The most visited ones are obviously in San José, the capital city of the country. Among them, you cannot miss in no way the following:

- “Museo Nacional de Costa Rica” (Costa Rica National Museum): It is considered to be one of the most important museums in the country. A great part of the valuable historical and cultural heritage of the country is exhibited in several displays of natural history, anthropology and archeology carried out in this museum.

- Museum of Contemporary Art and Design: The most modern and avant-garde art collections can be seen in this museum.

- The Children’s Museum: It is the perfect place for coming with children and having a good time while they look into science and the human being.

- Jade Museum: This museum has one of the greatest jade collections, as well as a very important pre-Columbian art selection from Costa Rica.

Juan Santamaría Museum, named after a national hero, is located in Alajuela. It is another interesting museum in Costa Rica that receives lots of visitors everyday. There you can find explanations and rremains of the Battle of Rivas, in which Juan Santamaría fought against the filibusters of William Walker.

Finally, the Ethnographic Historical Museum of Elías Leiva Quirós is located in Cartago. Colonial and pre-Columbian pieces, among many more, are exhibited in this museum, where you can also learn about the famous school of San Luis Gonzaga.

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