Quick Guide to Costa Rica's Musuems
Costa Rican Art Museum
Facts: It opened in 1978 in
the beautiful terminal building of the old airport. This museum houses
a delightful permanent display of Costa Rican nationalist art from the
nineteenth and twentieth centuries with over 3200 pieces on display.
Facts: This excellent museum
offers the visitor exhibits on pre-Columbian art, indigenous culture in
Costa Rica, and colonial life in addition to exhibits on Costa Rican history,
archeology, geology, and historical documents. Located in the old Fort,
one can see the bullet holes from the 1948 revolution still marking the
walls. The view of San José from the observation deck is excellent.
La Salle Museum of Natural Sciences
Facts: This museum houses one
of the most comprehensive displays on the world on natural sciences with
over 18,000 specimens, including African chimps, a two-headed calf and
a whale skeleton. The exhibits are divided into four areas: paleontology,
archaeology, zoology, and malancology (the study of mollusks). It is located
southwest of La Sabana park. Open from 8AM to 4PM Monday through Saturday
and 9AM to 5PM on Sunday. Entrance fee is 200 colones for children, 300
colones for adult residents and 400 colones for adult foreigners.
Facts: This is an excellent,
high-quality museum full of hands-on exhibits dealing with technology,
science, culture, art, and literature, all from a Costa Rica perspective.
Especially noteworthy are the fun house and the earthquake simulator.
This museum is perfect for people traveling with children, or those who
have a young spirit.
National Gallery of Contemporary Art and Design
Facts: Housed in the old liquor
factory, this industrial site-turned-cultural is a wonderful complex of
libraries, theaters, and galleries emphasizing current trends in art and
design. Located on the west side of the National Library, Avenida 3, Calles
15 and 17. Open from 10AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday. Entrance fee
is 300 colones.
Facts: This is the world's
most comprehensive collection of Pre-Colombian jade in all its spectacular
shades of green. Pieces date from 500 BC to 800 AD, offering a long and
colorful look into
Information from Costa Rican Informer, Issue 5, March 2002